One of the most notable landmarks in Leeds is also one of the most impressive buildings. The Corn Exchange, designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, has been at the centre of the city for more than 150 years. A key trading post in its heyday, the façade of this dominating circular building is certainly impressive with its many windows, sandstone base and iron-crested dome. But, you’ll be truly blown away when you step inside—the cast-iron gallery, elliptical dome and coloured brick walls distract from the curation of independent stores that now draw crowds.
Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Ln, Leeds, United Kingdom, +44 0113 234 0363
Beloved by locals looking to escape the city centre, Kirkstall Abbey is the ruins of a Cistercian monastery set within a public park on the banks of a picturesque river. The abbey was built in the early 12th century by monks who had left their previous home in Barnoldswick. The ruins are remarkably well preserved and are free for visitors to wander around and admire. The abbey and its surrounding grounds remain a relaxing and interesting location for a pleasant day out.
Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, Leeds, United Kingdom, +44 0113 378 4079