Fun and unusual quiz questions and facts about Leeds with answers so you can test your friends

Here are some quirky and unusual questions about Leeds that you can test your friends on in your next Zoom quiz.

By Immy Share
Sunday, 7th February 2021, 4:45 pm
Leeds City Centre
Leeds City Centre

Do you know your facts about Leeds board games, celebrities and mouse-traps? If so, have a go at our Leeds quiz and let us know how well you and your friends score out of 12! The answers are at the end though with some fun facts, so don't cheat...

1. Where abouts is Leeds Castle?

a.) Leeds City Centre

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b.) Kent

c.) Glasgow

2. Which supermarket giant was founded in a Leeds market in 1884?

a.) Asda

b.) Morrisons

c.) Marks and Spencer

3. Which famous board game was produced in Leeds?

a.) Monopoly

b.) Cluedo

c.) Snakes and Ladders

4. Which animal walked the streets of Leeds over 150,000 years ago - discovered after its bones were found during the construction of the Armley Gyratory?

a.) Lion

b.) Hippo

c.) Giraffe

5. Which cinema in Leeds is the UK's last gas-lit cinema?

a.) Hyde Park Picture House

b.) Cottage Road Cinema

c.) Ilkley Cinema

6. Which of the Spice Girls is from Leeds?

a.) Ginger Spice

b.) Sporty Spice

c.) Scary Spice

7.) Keith Lemon is from Leeds - but what is his real name?

a.) Keith Francis

b.) Leigh Francis

c.) Leigh Lemon

8.) Which sweets did Brian Boffey, from Horsforth invent?

a.) Jelly Tots

b.) Jelly Babies

c.) Fruit Pastilles

9.) Which type of drink was invented in Leeds?

a.) Fizzy drinks

b.) Tea

c.) Fruit squash

10.) What year was Leeds United Football Club founded in?

a.) 1917

b.) 1918

c.) 1919

11.) One of the biggest city parks in Europe lies in Leeds - which one is it?

a.) Golden Acre Park

b.) Woodhouse Moor

c.) Roundhay Park

12.) The mouse-trap was created by a Leeds-born inventor, but how much did he sell the design to Proctor for in 1913?

a.) £1,000

b.) £100

c.) 10,000


1 - b.) Kent

A surprise to many, but 'Leeds Castle' is actually not located in Leeds, but instead, in Kent.

2 - c.) Marks and Spencer

Michael Marks came to Leeds from his hometown of Slonim in Belarus and soon owned a market stall in Kirkgate Market in Leeds. He looked for a partner to help manage his growing businesses and his senior Tom Spencer agreed. In September 1894, Marks & Spencer was born.

3 - b.) Cluedo

Anthony E. Pratt took his idea of Cluedo to Waddington's Games in Leeds in 1944. They immediately saw its potential but production was stalled during the war and it was released five years later.

4 - b.) Hippo

In 1984, during the construction of the Armley Gyratory, the bones of an ancient hippo believed to date back around 130,000 years were discovered. The remains are at Leeds City Museum today.

5 - a.) Hyde Park Picture House

Hyde Park Picture House opened in 1914 and is the last-surviving gas-lit cinema in the UK.

6 - c.) Scary Spice

Mel B was born in Hyde Park in Leeds and grew up in the Kirkstall area.

7 - b.) Leigh Francis

Keith Lemon was born as Leigh Francis in Leeds on April 30, 1973 and uses Keith Lemon as his 'stage name' for his career as a comedian, actor, writer, director and producer.

8 - a.) Jelly Tots

Brian Boffey, from Horsforth, was working as a young research scientist at Rowntrees at York when he invented jelly tots during the 1960s. At the time he was trying to come up with a way to produce a powdered jelly that set instantly when it was added to cold water. He thought that the droplets were just waste but within weeks the novel sweet was being sold in shops across the country.

9 - a.) Fizzy Drinks

Countless generations of teeth would never be the same again after Joseph Priestley made a startling invention in Leeds: fizzy drinks. Working in a university lab in Leeds, Priestley worked out a way to infuse water with carbon bubbles, thus creating fizzy water - which would go on to become a base for Coca Cola, Pepsi and countless other soft drinks. In 1767, Joseph Priestley discovered a method of infusing water with carbon dioxide when he suspended a bowl of water above a beer vat at a local brewery in Leeds.

10 - c.) 1919

Leeds United Football Club was formed in 1919 following the disbanding of Leeds City by the Football League.

11- c.) Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park covers over 700 acres of rolling parkland with lakes, woodlands, formal gardens, cafes, playgrounds, and the Tropical World visitor attraction.

12 - a.) £1,000

James Henry Atkinson, an ironmonger from Leeds who was born in 1849 invented the mouse-trap.