A picture tour of Leeds' cultural heritage

What happens when you cross a city full of cultural landmarks with lots of talented photographers?

You get a city like Leeds! Check out some of the best photos that centre around Leeds' cultural heritage below.


1. Grand Arcade

Leeds has many beautiful, traditional buildings, and the grand arcade is certainly one of the best. Natural light flows in through the glass ceiling of this grade II listed building, making a perfect backdrop for your shopping. 

2. Leeds Town Hall

A staple in Leeds city centre, the town hall has everything. You might find yourself visiting for a wedding, watching a performance, or watching a film at Leeds International Film Festival. 

3. Leeds Dock 

The Leeds Dock area is home to some new chic developments, but is also packed with history. It was constructed in 1843, initially built to transport coal into the city centre. Nowadays, there are considerably less coal shipments entering the docks, but it's still one of the most picturesque spots in the city. 

4. Leeds Train Station

Did you know? Leeds station is the third busiest UK train station outside of London. This is your gateway to some of the beautiful rural towns in Yorkshire. Currently undergoing a restoration, we think it looks pretty great.

5. Millenium Square

As the name suggests, this versatile events space was created in the year 2000. When not a Christmas market, sports viewing area or screening a film in-concert, Millenium Square is a beautiful spot for some outside lunch between lectures. 

6. Leeds Corn Exchange 

A hub of independent cafes, restaurants and shops, and regular host to some fantastic markets. If you need clothes, vintage camera equipment or a guitar, the corn exchange is the place for all things artistic.

7. City Varieties Music Hall

This beautiful venue sits right in the heart of the city centre, and is a great place to enjoy a performance. This grade II listed building is stunning, and celebrates its 155th birthday in 2020!

8. Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is one of the most stunning places to enjoy live theatre in the world. But don’t just take our word for it, we really recommend you come and see it for itself, you can either enjoy an in-house Opera North production, or one of many great visiting shows.

9. Kirkstall Abbey

Henry VIII had a great impact on Britain’s history, but did you know he was partially responsible for Kirkstall Abbey? The 12th century monastery was disestablished by Henry in the 16th century, but is still standing today and is easily one of the most picturesque landmarks in Leeds.

10. Leeds Minster

Our Minster is beautiful inside and out, with beautiful architecture and stained-glass windows. Not only does this grade I listed building look amazing, it sounds it too, being home to the renowned Minster Choir. The church even had their own rugby league team once upon a time!

Explore Leeds

We've put together a handy (not-so) little map with all the things that we think are amazing in Leeds. From food and drink, to health, beauty, outdoor spots and more! Head over and see for yourself.
A quiet morning Corn Exchange in Leeds City Centre, showing the dome ceiling and circular interior
Golden owl sculpture and clock on the left Leeds Civic Hall against a blue sky