Architectural Jewels Tour (Self Guided), Leeds

The city of Leeds has plenty of architectural variety to offer. Most of the city’s significant architectural jewels such as Leeds Town Hall and Civic Hall belong to the Victorian era. However, Middle Ages and 20th century architectural designs have also left their mark on this charming city of architectural landscape. Take this self-guided walking tour to see the magnificent Leeds architecture.
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Architectural Jewels Tour Map

Guide Name: Architectural Jewels Tour
Guide Location: England » Leeds (See other walking tours in Leeds)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Leeds Civic Hall
  • Leeds Town Hall
  • St. Paul's House
  • The Met Hotel
  • Old Post Office
  • Leeds Corn Exchange
  • Leeds Kirkgate Market
  • King Edward House
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
Leeds Civic Hall

1) Leeds Civic Hall

Leeds Civil Hall is a civic building situated in the Millennium Square. Construction started in 1931 and after two years the hall was officially opened by the ruling monarch of that time, King George V. The building’s prominent architectural features include two massive owls covered with gold, which have become the symbol of Leeds. The beautiful Roman columns at the entrance are always attracting visitors and people walking by. Inside the Civic Hall there are several large rooms such as council chambers, meeting rooms and a banqueting hall, some of which are lined with Algerian marble and others with English walnut.
Leeds Town Hall

2) Leeds Town Hall (must see)

Situated in the heart of the city, Leeds Town Hall is considered as one of the largest town halls in England. It is deservingly considered one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city. The Hall was built by architect Cuthbert Broderick and opened in the middle of the 19th century by Queen Victoria as a significant Victorian civic structure. The iconic clock tower was added by Brodrick several years later. Today it serves as a symbol of the local government of Leeds. Another important point of the Town Hall is the 3-manual organ, which is housed inside the hall and is the largest in Europe.
St. Paul's House

3) St. Paul's House

Situated in Park Square, St. Paul's House is another solid architectural jewel of Leeds. The House was designed by English architect Thomas Ambler and constructed at the end of the 19th century as a warehouse for the first British clothing producer, Sir John Barran. The building underwent extensive restoration in 1976 and gained a richly decorated interior. The original minarets originally made from Italian terracotta bricks are now fiberglass replacements.
The Met Hotel

4) The Met Hotel

Situated in the central business district of Leeds, the Met Hotel, previously known as the Hotel Metropole, was built in 1898. The Met Hotel is one of the notable structures of the city for its incredible and unusual architectural features such as Victorian terracotta façade and roof cupola. The Hotel is a Grade II listed building and has been placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
Old Post Office

5) Old Post Office

Situated on the City Square, the Old Post Office building is another worthwhile attraction of the city, thanks to its eye-catching architectural features. The stunning clock tower on the roof is another attractive point of this impressive Victorian-style building. The Old Post Office was built by Sir Henry Tanner at the end of the 19th century. In 2004, the Post Office was closed and converted into offices and a restaurant on the ground floor.
Leeds Corn Exchange

6) Leeds Corn Exchange (must see)

Leeds Corn Exchange was built in 1864 by architect Cuthbert Broderick, the same architect who has designed the impressive Town Hall. The Corn Exchange is considered one of the finest Victorian buildings in England. The building’s eye-catching circular shape has always attracted tourists' attention. Leeds Corn Exchange is one of three still running Corn Exchanges in Britain and today remains an important trade centre of the city.
Leeds Kirkgate Market

7) Leeds Kirkgate Market (must see)

Situated on historic Vicar Lane, Leeds Kirkgate Market is a magnificent complex housing over eight hundred market stalls. Attracting over one hundred thousand visitors per week, it is considered to be the largest covered market in Europe. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, The Kirkgate Market is a fine example of typical Victorian architecture that is renowned for its splendour and grandeur.
King Edward House

8) King Edward House

King Edward House rightfully deserves its place in the beautiful historic Victorian Quarter of Leeds, between Vicar Lane and Briggate. It was built at the end of the 19th century as offices for banks and with a restaurant and cafes on the ground floor where rich and famous people of that time used to spend their time for a lunch, a friendly chat and business meetings.
Leeds Grand Theatre

9) Leeds Grand Theatre (must see)

Leeds Grand Theatre, also known as Leeds Opera House, is situated in the city centre. This beautiful, red brick building was designed by James Watson at the end of the 19th century. The façade of the Grand Theatre is decorated in Scottish baronial and Romanesque architectural styles, while the interior is ornamented with a Gothic touch. Home to Opera North, the 1500-seat-capacity theater is regularly visited by famous British ballet troops, comedians and opera singers.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
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Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles