Those planning a Leeds trip will be in for a treat visiting a city that oozes with confidence of being the premiere example of the New Urban Revolution of Britain, a wave of regeneration that turned postindustrial cities into urban settings of the future.
Those interested in shopping opportunities will have a busy trip to Leeds when visiting the Knightsbridge of the North, a virtual shopping mecca, lined with busy pedestrianized streets because of all the shops and restaurants, combining cutting-edge couture with contemporary cuisine. And once you’re done with that and the sun sets, there’s a very wide array of pubs, clubs and other venues ready to fuel you with drinks, food and music.
As far as the more traditional attractions go, the Royal Armouries is probably the museum that attracts the most visitors, the building having been initially meant to house the armor and weapons for the Tower of London, but later its scope expanded to covering over three millennia of fighting and self-defence. The exhibits are extremely varied, from films and live-action demonstrations, to exhibits related to jousting or Indian elephant armor, fascinating even if you’re not into warfare.
On a notably less violent note, the City Art Gallery is the place to head to for high culture. It’s packed with a plethora of 19th– and 20th-century British heavy names such as Turner, Constable and Wyndham Lewis, as well as some recent arrivals.
Taking a trip into Leeds’ industrial past is the Leeds Industrial Museum, which is housed in one of the world’s largest textile mills, telling the history of industry in Leeds both glorious and ignominious. It’s important to be aware that while the city did become rich off the sheep’s back, it did so at the cost of human working conditions that were quite literally Dickensian.
There are many more things to see and do while in Leeds, so make sure to employ our Leeds car rental services while on your trip there.