The city of Leeds is located on the River Aire in West Yorkshire, England and its history can be traced back to the fifth Century. At this time it was known as Loidis and made up part of the Kingdom of Elmet. The real rise to fame of Leeds was during the industrial revolution and was where wool was produced. In recent years, it has become one of the UK’s main legal and financial centres.
Here we’ll take a look at just some of the things you can see and do when you stay in Leeds.
Thackray Medical Museum is next to St James Hospital and provides you with the chance to learn more about the development of medicine during the last 150 years. But if you think this is going to be a boring attraction to visit then think again. This is one of the most popular attractions because of the dramatic stomach churning reconstructions and the interactive displays. It will keep you occupied for hours.
Then we have the Royal Armouries which opened their doors in 1996 and which were originally housed in a property on Leeds waterfront. There are five different galleries which contain all sorts of weaponry and guns covering different subjects. One gallery focuses on war another to tournaments, the third gallery focuses on self defense, the fourth looks at hunting and the fifth gallery looks at armour and arms from the orient. But you don’t just look at the displays there are one that you can interact with and others which provide dynamic live action.
For something a little more pleasing on the eye then a visit to Harewood House should be considered. This is an eighteenth Century Palladin-styled country house and designed by Robert Adam, with landscaped grounds by Capability Brown. As you wander through the rooms you will see a treasure trove of beautiful furnishings and fine arts including items made by Chippendale and paintings by Turner and Gainsborough.
There are over a thousand acres of grounds to explore and these include an adventure playground to keep children occupied and a sanctuary for birs. Certainly the adventure playground may keep them amused for many hours and after this a spot of refreshment may be required and can be taken in the Stables Courtyard.
One more attraction that is very popular with visitors to Leeds is Armley Mills which offers you a chance to discover what life was really like during the industrial revolution. Before it was turned into a museum, the building was the world’s largest woolen mill and you can see how clothes are produced. Plus it also houses a 1920’s cinema that has been fully restored to its former glory. Most weekends, the waterwheels and steam engines are working.
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