Hilariously negative 1-star Tripadvisor reviews of 'boring' Leeds landmarks and attractions

You can't please everyone.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 6:00 am
Kirkstall Abbey

Leeds is packed full of attractions to entertain both tourists and locals alike.

But not everyone was impressed with the city's landmarks and some visitors took to Tripadvisor to write hilariously scathing reviews.

We take a light-hearted look through some of the bizarre reasons why tourists were left disappointed:

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City Square

Roundhay Park

It's one of the biggest city parks in Europe and a hugely popular attraction in Leeds, with nearly one million visitors every year.

But one reviewer was less than impressed with Roundhay Park

He said: "Having lived in Leeds all my life I have never really taken to Roundhay Park. People talk about it as if it's God's own back garden, well I for one think if you have visited one park you have visited them all. "

Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam is a Tudor-Jacobean house situated in ample grounds (landscaped by none other than Capability Brown) and reviewers called it one of the finest historical houses in Yorkshire.

It did not, however, appeal to one reviewer who called the house 'spooky' and was concerned for its wellbeing.

She said: "I don't know if it is just me but I feel the whole place feels so oppressive, the only birds seem to be crows and the house appears to be so unhappy."

Kirkstall Abbey

"The place was just a ruin. No roof and many of the walls fallen down.

"Evidently it's been open to the elements for years. It's clearly not fit for any monk to live in, even a monk with Bear Grylls-style survival skills.

"Having visited Westminster Abbey in London, I found this one a severe disappointment. Maybe I'll return another time and hope they've finished it."

No words...

Thornton's Arcade

Leeds is one of the biggest shopping destinations outside London and its arcades, full of boutiques and independent shops, are a real highlight.

One visitor did not agree and said: "Title says it all, arcade full of shops.

"Yes it may be old and look nice, but it's a shopping centre.

"Must be better things to look at."

City Square​

Visitors coming into Leeds from the station are met with the impressive City Square, with the Grade II listed Old Post Office building, a central clock tower and two main entrances with columns on the square.

But the city centre traffic was too much for one visitor who said: "The city square is ok with the statues etc but the area is far too busy with traffic and traffic fumes I don't see any sort of pleasure sitting or walking in this kind of atmosphere."

Woodhouse Moor (Hyde Park)

The busy park boasts a playground, skatepark and ample open space and is visited by many families and students.

One reviewer had a cynical view of the space as they gave the park one star. They said: "This is another excellent place to build houses in the ever growing Leeds area."

Royal Armouries Museum

It's one of the oldest museums in the world and home of the national collection of arms and armour and international jousting.

"Spears, guns, armour, yes loads of it from floor to ceiling", said a reviewer as they gave the museum one star.

We're not quite sure what they were expecting.

Otley Chevin

Much-loved by dog walkers, Otley Chevin boasts stunning views and has a distinctly alpine feel.

But one reviewer was not impressed.

He said: "Beloved by the locals, what a dreary place this is. I suppose if you're into planespotting, it's a terrific location to watch the bucket flights in and out of Leeds Bradford Airport."

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