Statues in Leeds Tour, Leeds

Leeds is a city with a rich heritage and history. The city has numerous important statues and monuments, some of which are hundreds of years old but still in remarkable condition. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the most significant and attractive statues and sculptures of the city.
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Statues in Leeds Tour Map

Guide Name: Statues in Leeds Tour
Guide Location: England » Leeds (See other walking tours in Leeds)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: sabrina
Robert Peel Statue

1) Robert Peel Statue

Robert Peel Statue is another monument in Leeds built in commemoration of the British statesman. Sir Robert Peel served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the beginning of the 19th century. He is also known to have established the modern concept of “bobbies”, police force officers, which is still being used and created the base for the formation of the Conservative Party.
Statue of Queen Victoria

2) Statue of Queen Victoria

A monument to one of Britain's most prominent royal characters, Queen Victoria, designed by George Frampton in 1905, is situated near Leeds' Woodhouse Moor Park. The Queen's reign, known as the Victorian era, was the period of stability and progress in every department: industrial, cultural, political and military. Queen Victoria earned the nickname “grandmother of Europe” after many of her nine children and forty-two grandchildren had married royal families across Europe. Queen Victoria ruled longer than any other female monarch in history.
The Duke of Wellington Statue

3) The Duke of Wellington Statue

Since 1937, The Statue of the Duke of Wellington is situated in the green area of Woodhouse Moor Park. It was designed by Carlo Marochetti in 1855. Born in Ireland, Arthur Wellsdley, often referred to as 'The Duke of Wellington', was one of the most prominent political and military characters of Britain in the 19th century.
Sir Peter Fairbairn Statue

4) Sir Peter Fairbairn Statue

The statue of Sir Peter Fairbairn was crafted by Matthew Noble in 1868 in honour of the former Mayor of Leeds who lived nearby in Woodsley House. Peter Fairbairn ran the Wellington Foundry, then became counselor, followed by his historic welcoming of the Queen Victoria. Mayor Peter Fairbairn was knighted back in 1858 when the queen came to the city for the opening ceremony of Town Hall.
The Human Spirit Statue

5) The Human Spirit Statue

Situated outside Nuffield Hospital, The Human Spirit is another interesting sculpture designed by Faith Babbington in 2002. It depicts four linked men in unity and symbolizes human spirit. This interesting statue catches the eye of people walking by and generates numerous theories about the symbolization of this concept.
The Black Prince Statue

6) The Black Prince Statue

Settled on the Leeds City Square, the monument of Edward of Woodstock is another popular city landmark glorifying the city's prominent historic character Edward of Woodstock, also known as Black Prince. Depicted on a horse, the Son of King Edward III was a skillful military commander. His victory over the French at Poitiers in 1356 was the turning point in the One Hundred Years' War, when France had to pay a ransom twice the country's yearly income. Edward of Woodstock died in 1376 before his father the King, hence never becoming the King of England.
Petanque Statue

7) Petanque Statue

Pentaque Statue is situated on one of popular central Leeds squares of Bond Court. The bronze figures are depicted here playing an old English bowl game. Sculptor Roger Burnett's creation keeps the tradition of old British sport alive and interacting with people people walking by. There is a similar statue situated by the canal at Sowerby Bridge where the famous sculptor's studio is located.
Statue of Arthur Louis Aaron

8) Statue of Arthur Louis Aaron

To mark the new millennium Leeds Civic center proposed a monument to be erected and let the public decide who is city's real hero. Second World War bomber pilot Arthur Aaron won the vote. He was one of few military servicemen from Leeds to have won the most prestigious military award of Victoria Cross. The 5-meter bronze sculpture made by Graham Ibbeson depicts the pilot standing near the tree, up which several children climbing, representing generations that have past since the end of war, with the last child releasing the dove of peace.

Walking Tours in Leeds, England

Create Your Own Walk in Leeds

Create Your Own Walk in Leeds

Creating your own self-guided walk in Leeds is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Places of Worship Tour in Leeds

Places of Worship Tour in Leeds

Leeds is an old, charming city with many places of worship to see and visit, each with its own history. Leeds religious buildings have been the city’s most prominent landmark for centuries. Take this self-guided walking tour to visit the city’s most visited churches.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Leeds Art Galleries Tour

Leeds Art Galleries Tour

Leeds city has a rich heritage and a vibrant cultural life. The history of this important industrial, economic and cultural British city is reflected in its museums and visualized in the numerous galleries. Take this walking tour to learn about the history of Leeds and enjoy the fascinating world of visual arts.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Leeds Daily Life

Leeds Daily Life

Leeds city has plenty of unique and exciting places to see and visit. The places popular with locals include City market, Park Square, The Brewery Tap and other places that can tell their own story of what it is like to live in Leeds. Take this walking tour to discover the city’s most lively and colourful spots.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Architectural Tour in Leeds

Architectural Tour in 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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Leeds Cultural Walking Tour

Leeds Cultural Walking Tour

Leeds is a lively historic city with a large variety of music events, art exhibitions and other cultural activities. Leeds' rich heritage, traditions and unique culture make this city a charming tourist destination with plenty of famous theatres, lovely cinemas and concert halls, art galleries and museums. The following walking tour will help you discover the most popular cultural venues of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Leeds for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Leeds has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Leeds, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.