The city of Leeds is gaining a reputation as one of England`s best tourist centres and it has benefitted from some extensive regeneration work in recent years to the point where there is much to see and do. Here are ten of the best attractions.
1. Millennium Square
Right in the centre of the city, this is one of the places that has benefitted most from Leeds` extensive recent makeover. This is a focal point for sightseeing with plenty of impressive architecture but there is plenty to see and do as well from markets, a range of exhibitions and a popular ice rink.
2. St Anne`s Cathedral
Leeds is home to some fine ecclesiastical monuments but the city`s cathedral is surely the finest and it is arguably one of the best in the UK. A classic example of a Victorian Arts and Crafts catholic cathedral, if this type of landmark excites you then you certainly won`t be disappointed.
3. The Royal Armouries Museum
There are many fine armoury collections in the UK but the one hosted in Leeds contains some of the rarest pieces around. The selection includes armour worn by the Emperor Maximilian and also by Henry VIII. There is much to see besides and there are jousting displays here in the summer.
4. Thackray Medical Museum
This is one of the more unusual attractions in Leeds and for children it is a must. Occasionally gruesome, always entertaining, the museum has award winning exhibits and interactive displays where it is possible to experience and understand the life of a Victorian child.
5. Film festivals
Leeds has built a reputation in recent years as a thriving centre of culture and two annual film festivals are held here. Both the Leeds International Film Festival and the Young Peoples` Film Festival are gaining in credibility throughout the industry and each is a must for true film buffs.
6. Live music
If you love concerts and gigs then there is a wide range of styles from classical to contemporary. There`s a whole host of venues here too from Harewood House, Roundhay Park and the intimate Wardrobe.
If spectator sport is your thing then Leeds is the ideal setting and most sports are catered for. Among the most popular however are football, with Elland Road being home to Leeds United, Rugby League and Rugby Union and in the summer, first class cricket can be enjoyed at the Headingley ground.
8. Roundhay Park
Leeds has many locations where you can walk, sit or relax and Roundhay Park is one of the best. Unless there is a major event here there will be plenty of space to take a breather and there is often an event taking place here too.
9. Victoria Quarter
The city is home to some fine shopping centres and for many, the Victoria Quarter is the best. This is the setting for higher priced shops with designer brands and even if you aren`t into shopping, the whole centre is set to a backdrop of amazing architecture.
10. Leeds Art Gallery and The Henry Moore Institute
It`s hard to identify one site as the `must see` attraction in Leeds but this is the place to be if you`re interested in modern art. Remember to check Breaking Leeds news for details of opening times.