Leeds Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Leeds

Leeds is a vibrant city with lots of character and diversity. There is something for everybody to enjoy here, whether it is a relaxing walk in Lovell Park or a journey to the city’s glorious industrial past in Armley Mills Industrial Museum. Take this self-guided tour to check out Leeds’ attractive places that give this city a positive and unique vibe.
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Guide Name: Leeds Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: England » Leeds (See other walking tours in Leeds)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Leeds Town Hall
  • The Carriageworks
  • Leeds City Museum
  • St Anne's Cathedral
  • St John The Evangelist Redundant Church
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Briggate
  • Leeds Kirkgate Market
  • Leeds Corn Exchange
  • Holy Trinity Church
Leeds Town Hall

1) 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.
The Carriageworks

2) The Carriageworks

Located in the heart of Leeds’ Millennium Square, Carriageworks Theatre is one of the city’s most popular cultural venues. National and regional artistic performances include dance, comedy and drama plays and children's pantomimes. Carriageworks is not as big and famous as Opera House and other main theatres of the city, but visitors are guaranteed to enjoy a professional quality performance for a reasonable price.
Leeds City Museum

3) Leeds City Museum (must see)

Leeds City Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1921. It was closed in 1965 and saw visitors again in 2005, when modernization works were carried out. Today Leeds City Museum offers exciting cultural refreshment. Among the numerous exhibits of the museum there are sculptures, paintings, Roman mosaics, Greek tombs and two 3000-years-old mummies. The museum also provides space for corporate or private events to celebrate special occasions in the attractive historical building of the museum.
St Anne's Cathedral

4) St Anne's Cathedral (must see)

Built at the beginning of the 20th century, Leeds Cathedral, also known as St Anne's Cathedral, is the Roman Catholic Cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Leeds. This beautiful Gothic Revival Cathedral was built following the destruction of the much older St. Anne's Catholic Church, located a few blocks away. The interior features rows of stone pillars that lead to the decorated high altar.
St John The Evangelist Redundant Church

5) St John The Evangelist Redundant Church

St John the Evangelist's Church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner refers to it as "the only church at Leeds of more than local interest". The church is built in ashlar stone, and has a grey slate roof. Its plan consists of a nave with a south aisle and a south porch, a chancel, and a west tower. The whole of the exterior of the church is embattled with pinnacles at the corners. Its architectural style is Perpendicular. On each side of the church are four-light Perpendicular windows, with five-light windows at the east ends of the nave and aisle, and at the west west end of the aisle. Most of the fittings are Jacobean in style, and have been described as the "glory" of the church. This applies particularly to the elaborately carved screen across the nave and the aisle. There is similarly detailed carving on the wall panels, the pews and the pulpit. Also in the church is a royal coat of arms and three brass chandeliers.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Leeds Grand Theatre

6) 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.

7) Briggate

Briggate is one of the pedestrian streets running thought the city centre. Fashionable department stores, major high street retailers, lovely specialty shops, banks, restaurants, cafes and residential apartments above the shops are situated along this street. The street is also well known for a number of public houses and pubs, which are always used by locals as meeting points for socializing and for catching up. Walking on Briggate Street will give tourists a real feel of this vibrant city’s daily life.
Leeds Kirkgate Market

8) 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.
Leeds Corn Exchange

9) 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.
Holy Trinity Church

10) Holy Trinity Church (must see)

Holy Trinity Church is a beautiful 18th century building. Its distinctive tall clock-tower and main hall, decorated with Gothic arches and statues, have always been an important religious symbol of the city. Cultural events take place inside the church on a regular basis. Having served as a church for many years, now Holy Trinity is a prominent Leeds landmark.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
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Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
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Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles