Queen Victoria monument, Headingley Campus
The origins of this striking monument, built in 1858, are shrouded in mystery. Some say it was built to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 39th birthday; only the queen, who was scheduled to visit, didn’t turn up. The imposing arch stands in the woods that lie between Carnegie Village and Queenswood. (picture credit: Andrew Thrippleton)
South Lodge Orchard, Headingley Campus
This historic orchard was reinstated recently as part of our staff Bright Ideas scheme, with new apple and plum trees added. The orchard is open to all and is the perfect spot to enjoy the spring blossom, as well as being able to pick your own fruit in a few years time. Don't forget to check out our Beckett bee hive while you're there - and keep your eyes peeled for hungry bears!
Louis Le Prince, Broadcasting Place, City Campus
Did you know that the inventor of motion pictures started out in Leeds? In 1888, Louis Le Prince used the first ever single lens camera to film footage in Roundhay which was exhibited in various locations around the city. Sadly, his first ever planned public exhibition never took place due to his mysterious disappearance. Look closely on the exterior walls of Broadcasting Place and you’ll find a blue plaque commemorating his historic and overlooked contribution to the film industry.
Churchwood Gardens, Headingley Campus
Headingley Campus has many beautiful gardens tucked away in unexpected places. Walk up to the back of the tennis courts behind the visitor’s car park and you’ll stumble across Churchwood Gardens; a peaceful spot brimming with seasonal flowers. The surrounding woodland is also worth exploring, and is bursting with bluebells in the springtime.
Ninth Floor of Calverley, City Campus
You won’t get a better view of Leeds than from the upper floors of Calverley. Take the lift all the way to the top and gaze out over the city’s architectural melting pot of modern high rises and historic listed buildings. Not for the faint-hearted.
Carnegie Pavilion 214, Headingley
A lecture theatre overlooking one of the world’s most famous cricket grounds? Only at Leeds Beckett. If you’re studying events, tourism or hospitality you may well have lectures in Carnegie Pavilion 214; a state-of-the-art lecture theatre with a VIP view over the Headingley ground. We can’t think why your lecturer would want to pull the blinds down over that spectacular view before they start the session…
Queen's Square, City Campus
You may have stumbled across this Georgian gem on your way to the Wellness Centre. You’ll find it tucked away behind the busy junction of Clay Pit Lane and Woodhouse Lane, surrounded by elegant terraces. It’s the perfect spot to sit and catch some sun – it’s easy to forget you’re in the city at all.
These are just a few of our favourite secret spots – we bet after a few years here you will have discovered even more. Make sure you keep them under your hat, now!