25 things you can no longer do in Leeds

Leeds has undergone a wealth of changes and evolved as a city over the years.

Friday, 9th August 2019, 09:25 am
Leeds has undergone a wealth of changes and evolved as a city over the years

As the city has developed, locals have had to wave goodbye to many beloved local institutions, bidding a fond farewell to nightclubs, gig venues and shops. Here are 25 things you can no longer do in Leeds.

Loading up on sugar from the sweet counter at Woolies is a favourite pastime for many.
Before the wonders of Netflix, you actually had to leave your home and pick up a VHS or DVD for film night. Sadly the company no longer exists.
Leeds International Pool was iconic for its unusual architecture, but it welcomed many dedicated swimmers and divers through its doors until its closure in 2007.

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The free music festival was held annually at Temple Newsam until 2014, when it was cancelled due to lack of funds. Busted, Arctic Monkeys, Olly Murs and Ricky Martin were among those who played it.
Once one of the most popular places to party in Leeds, thousands of revellers hit the dancefloor here before it closed for the final time in 2006.
Part of the Old Bear Pit on Cardigan Road still exists, but the now listed building was once home to a zoo where you could feed bananas to bears.
A flock of sheep used to graze at the top of the grade I listed Temple Works building in Holbeck, who were kept there to maintain the grassy roof, which was used to help maintain the humidity of the flax mill.
The Cockpit was one of the city's grungiest clubs and live music venues, which played host to the likes of The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mumford & Sons and The Killers in its 20 year history.
Once a Leeds shopping institution, the clothing store was once the go-to place to update your wardrobe.
There used to be a greyhound racing arena opposite Fullerton Park on Elland Road, which featured regular racing three days a week. Closed in 1982, it is now the headquarters of West Yorkshire Police.
The Tetley Shire horses were an iconic part of the famous brewery's tradition, having delivered beers to the pubs of Leeds by cart for almost 200 years.
The water fountains in Millennium Square and City Square were turned off permanently in 2013 after the council said they were no longer viable, and were plagued by mechanical faults.
Lewis's huge department store on the Headrow sold everything from clothing to furniture, but later became a branch of Allders in the 1990s following the company's demise.
This York Road boozer was a firm favourite among locals for more than 70 years, before it was demolished around 2008.
The Town and Country club was a popular spot for live music and club nights, and was home to the Love Train night.
The last of the Leeds' Toys R Us stores closed down last year after the chain collapsed, having struggled to keep up with online competitors.
This beloved venue on Vicar Lane was best known for its live music and famously housed a settee which Nirvana's Kurt Cobain allegedly slept on.
After a couple of cheap VKs, late night revellers were ready to tackle the three levels of this popular nightclub and party hard.
Home to plastic sharks on the walls, bikini-clad bar staff and a rotating dance floor, this place claimed the balance of many a drunken beach-goer back in the day.
Once one of the city's most glamorous drinking haunts, this champagne bar was the place to go for a more sophisticated night out, but closed its doors in August 2018.
A staple of the high street for decades, BHS closed down in 2016 after going into administration.
This Basque-inspired tapas restaurant was also home to a basement gin bar, with a wealth of gin-infused tipples on the menu. It served its last orders in October 2018.
Long a popular clubbing venue, Mint announced it would be closing back in September 2018 after being unable to renew its lease, and recently closed in March 2019.
Famed for its large curved bar and local brews, The Marquis of Granby on Eastgate shut down in 1984 and was later transformed into offices.
As well as the ever-flowing drinks, this pub on the Brackenwood estate also used to serve up a popular Sunday night quiz and had a great community feel.