Lovely Leeds

Trip Start Jan 29, 2017
Trip End Jan 29, 2017

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What I did
The Royal Armouries Leeds
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United Kingdom  , England,
Monday, April 17, 2017

What is Leeds Like?
A large industrial city that has some very beautiful old buildings and also very modern buildings that are equally attractive. There has been lots of regeneration over the years in the dockland area and also in the centre where the new shopping area, The Trinity Centre is located. It's the hometown of Steve and I have visited several times but not many times into the centre. 

What I Know Now That I Didn't Know Before 

Walking Dead graphic novels are in demand! They are not displayed on the shelves but kept behind the counter, apparently lots get stolen and its really a problem at Waterstones
The canal area has lots of new smart flats and also hotels - would have liked to walk along the canal all the way to the Royal Armouries but not possible at the moment 
The Trinity Centre is lovely and has a great view of the old church from inside - quite a unique perspective for a shopping centre, as you can gather, I'm not the slightest bit interested in the shopping
There is a cute canal taxi that runs from the Armouries to Leeds centre that looks like fun 
Steve's Mum, although much older than all of us at 78 can still walk faster than most people I have ever met! We needed to get back to our car park before our ticket expired and it was hard work keeping up with her 
Its free to see everything at The Royal Armouries - 4 floors of lots of interesting war items and information relating to guns, armour, spears and all sorts of other weapons, there are very pleasant viewing windows on each floor that look out onto the redeveloped canal area  
The West Ridings Wood Carvers Association have hand carved 95 individual panels to represent the first and second world wars, these are now permanently displayed on the 3rd floor of the Royal Armouries and was fascinating. Each panel took between 100 and 120 hours to carve!
There are jousting re enactments over Easter and also a parade that can be enjoyed at the Armouries - makes for a really nice cost effective day out

What I Want To Do Next Time  
Tropical world at Roundhay park - apparently it's one of the biggest parks in Europe 
Harewood House and gardens designed by Capability Brown, the same designer I came across in Broadway in the Cotswolds 
Try the street food in Trinity Centre, it changes every month 
Leeds Corn Exchange - interesting independent shops which showcase the work of local designers - this victorian building looks like it has amazing architecture inside 
 Leeds Town Hall - beautiful architecture and a tour can be arranged 
Kirkgate Market - local produce and seafood, etc in this market 
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