Harewood House and Bird Garden
The comfy home of the Earl and Countess of Harewood, this is one of England's most beautiful stately homes situated in a fantastic park. The majority of the lavish furniture inside was designed specifically for Harewood by Thomas Chippendale. Out in the grouds is the new adventure playgroud (fantastic for the young at heart!!!) and the bird garden, with a huge range of rare and protected birds and information about protection and conservation.
Leeds City Art Gallery
Leeds City Art Gallery
Art galleries are a new favourite of mine. Didn't actually go to this one but it sounds great. It's a good place to go on a rainy day and even if you're not into art that much, you can still go and have a quick look. (Why not try looking at a picture and noting some points about it as if you know what you're talking about! It's great fun but don't laugh too much - you may get chucked out.)
Yorkshire cricketers don't go for the flashy flamboyance of 'them booggers down south'. Their famous batsmen - Herbert Sutcliffe, Len Hutton, Geoff Boycott - have ground out runs with dependable precision. In the first half of the 20th century, Yorkshire dominated English cricket to such an extent that it won half of the country's annual county championships. For an exercise in dour mental attrition, try a day at Headingley, Yorkshire's home ground in Leeds.
Victorian civic pride
The architecture in most northern towns in England tends to reflect the ideals of the Victorian age in which much of it was built. Leeds Town Hall is no exception. Completed in 1858 and opened by Queen Victoria herself, the building is a monument to civic pride with its solid, imposing columns and soaring clock tower. Now used for concerts, it is still the symbol of the city.
HANDMADE IN LEEDS
This years food festival has started in Leeds. The Headrow has fabulous stalls with delights from this region and tastes of the world.
CROWN POINT BRIDGE
This bridge was opened in 1842. It was built of iron at a cost of £36,000. It was originally a toll bridge but the toll was abolished in 1868. The bridge was widened in 1994
LEEDS FIRST GOLD POSTBOX
Leeds first post box is at Horsforth. It was painted gold in honour of Alistair Brownlee who won gold at London 2012 summer Olympics for the triathlon.
The fountain in the summer gardens at Temple Newsam house is made of cast iron and it was installed in 1874 by a company called Handyside of Derby.
There, you can enter bird gardens, house and grounds. Bird garden is four acres of aviaries caging over 150 species.
Leeds has a great looking museum, we did not go in on our recent visit but it is a must on a future visit.
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POST OFFICE AND REVENUE OFFICE
The post office building was built in 1896 by Sir Henry Tanner. It was erected on the site of the old mixed cloth hall, which had been opened in 1756.
THE BLACK KNIGHT
The statue of Edward, the black prince, sat on a horse was competed in 1903 by Thomas Brock. It is erected in city square pointing towards Europe as if ready for battle.
NEW CROWN POINT PRINTING WORKS
This building was built from a design by Thomas Ambler in 1894 as a purpose built printing works by the name of Cooke's.
Cooke's specialised in colour printing from the 1880's.
This footbridge over the River Aire was opened in 1992. It links the Brewary Wharf area with the Calls. The bridge is a great place from which to take photos of the river & waterfront developments.
Get away from the crowds-Park Square
I stumbled upon Park Square one day. It is a peaceful and beautiful Park within Leeds City Centre. It is a good place to sit in the sun and enjoy a little peace and quiet.
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