Written by davidx on 10 Sep, 2002
Leeds is a city which has come up in the world and knows it. A sign displayed at the boundaries read 'Leeds, The Promised Land' but 'Promised' had a line through it and 'Delivered' was there to be inserted in its place. A lot…Read More
Leeds is a city which has come up in the world and knows it. A sign displayed at the boundaries read 'Leeds, The Promised Land' but 'Promised' had a line through it and 'Delivered' was there to be inserted in its place. A lot of money has been spent and it is said to be one of the most vibrant cities in the UK.
To look at some specifics, the main buildings date from the 19th century, including the Town Hall, but are supplemented by the 20th century City Hall. There are two universities with a branch of the Instituto Cervantes between them, putting on an interesting series of cultural events with a Spanish theme. The Town Hall is the venue for an excellent classical music concert program during autumn, winter and spring, and the Leeds Piano Festival is internationally esteemed.
Theatre is represented by the West Yorkshire Playhouse (own page) and the very large Grand Theatre. There's also no shortage of cinemas.
The Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery adjacent to it are impressive and the Metropolitan University's Fine Art Department often has interesting displays. The Royal Armouries is a national museum and the Thackray Medical Museum is also well esteemed. Harewood House is a place to be seen and Temple Newsam and Lotherton, owned by the city, provide interest for children as well as adults.
Sport is well represented by Leeds United Football Club for soccer and by the Rhinos and the Tykes for Rugby League and Rugby Union. All three teams are in the premium leagues of their respective sports. Last but not least Hedingley is home to the Yorkshire County Cricket Club and is a venue for England in test matches and one day internationals.
Fine shops, parks, and even semi-rural walks are also part of the city's appeal.