13 best kept Leeds secrets even some locals won't know about

It’s difficult to walk around Leeds without stumbling upon a hidden gem that you haven’t spied before.

Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 9:22 am
PIC: Andrew Hutchinson

It’s difficult to walk around Leeds without stumbling upon a hidden gem that you haven’t spied before. Here are some of the city’s best kept and beautiful secrets. READ MORE: 10 fascinating and strange secrets hidden underground in Leeds | 12 things you don’t see in Leeds city centre anymore that you could a decade ago | The seven lost wonders of Leeds

Founded in 1768 it is the oldest surviving subscription library in Britain. Have you stumbled across the entrance on Commercial Street?
Is this the best panoramic view in Yorkshire? This view from Otley Chevin is hard to beat.

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This memorial was unveiled in November 1905, and originally stood outside Leeds Town Hall. Moved to Woodhouse Moor in 1937 and was designated as a Grade II* listed building in August 1976.
Adel's York Gate garden packs quite a punch for its one acre proportions. It never fails to intrigue its visitors with its fourteen garden rooms, linked by a series of clever vistas.
Dating back to 1850, the Lifting Tower acts as a visible reminder of the city's rail heritage. 'It was one of a pair that stood either side of the old viaduct running into the Leeds Central railway station.
St John's is the oldest church in the city centre, being built between 1632 and 1634 and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.
Have you noticed this? 'It reads: 'The Remains of a Wooden Icebreaker Lie Submerged' and is found near the Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley Mills.
A cute and easily missable spot on Kirkgate, Penny Pocket Park is a great spot to sit back and enjoy the view of neighbouring Leeds Minster.
Originally opened in 1987, the Japanese Garden is a celebration of traditional oriental gardens, with various features and materials used to represent Japan's mountains, woodland areas, waterfalls, lakes and grasslands.
Leeds Town Hall houses a once used police station called the Bridewell. 'There are many cells underneath the grand building - some are even concealed under the front steps
Have you met Winifred yet? She's a huge mural from graffiti artist Russell Meeham, also known as Qubek. Located alongside the walkway from York Place to Park Place.
Built after the Battle of Waterloo.Restored after bought by the Gateway Church in 2008 - prior to that it had been redundant for five years.
Appeared on the Leeds waterfront as part of efforts to create a tourism trail. The Grey Heron is designed to be submerged and then reappear as the river level changes.