Top 5 hidden gems to discover in Leeds city centre

The Leeds Library is hidden above the shops on Commercial Street. Picture: James Hardisty.

The Leeds Library is hidden above the shops on Commercial Street. Picture: James Hardisty.

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We take a look at five hidden gems that you may not have come across before in Leeds city centre.

LEEDS LIBRARY: The 248-year-old library is tucked away above the shops on Commercial Street and is home to 140,000 books.

SCALA: Just around the corner is the Scala Theatre on Lands Lane. If you look above the old Miss Selfridge unit, you can see part of the entrance. There are plans to transform it into a new food hub.

ODEON: The Merrion Centre in Leeds city centre was once home to a 1,000-seater Odeon Cinema, which closed its doors back in 1977.

LEEDS TOWN HALL: The prison cells under Leeds Town Hall were used when it opened in 1858 but are now only used for quirky events.

EMPIRE: The Empire Palace Theatre was once where Harvey Nichols stood on Briggate, with some of its signage still visible from the Victoria Quarter.

Artist Ruth Spencer Jolly who composed 'European Unison' an ensemble written for 28 pianos, representing the members of the European Union and symbolising Brexit, following a preview of her work at Besbrode Pianos in Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 23, 2017. The composition tells the story of the EU from its birth to Brexit. The ensemble of pianos is a metaphor demonstrating "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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