Your YEP A to Z of Leeds PART 1

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The YEP puts Leeds firmly in the spotlight with our own city A-Z.

Royal Armouries

A IS FOR: The Royal Armouries.

A IS FOR: The Royal Armouries.

The £42.5m Royal Armouries Museum houses thousands of historic weapons that were previously on show at the Tower of London.

The free attraction includes six galleries, a crossbow range, the impressive ‘Hall of Steel’ with over 2,500 objects, and the outside Tiltyard where live jousting shows take place.

Briggate

It is officially one of the oldest streets in Leeds after it was created in 1207.

F IS FOR: Foodies.

F IS FOR: Foodies.

The name ‘Briggate’ means ‘the road to the bridge’ and was the main thoroughfare as the city continued to grow.

Now it is home to most of Leeds’ department stores including Harvey Nichols and Debenhams.

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Corn Exchange

K IS FOR: Kirkgate Market.

K IS FOR: Kirkgate Market.

The Corn Exchange is a popular destination for shoppers who want to buy that special something to stand out from the crowd.

Home to a number of specialist boutique outlets, the Victorian building is a jewel in the city’s architectural crown.

It was designed by Cuthbert Broderick and officially opened its doors in 1863.

It flies the flag for local independent retailers and we’re waiting to see what is in the pipeline for the former Anthony’s site.

Liz Dawn

She’s Leeds’ very own national treasure after capturing the heart of the nation as Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth.

The actress who was awarded an MBE swapped the street’s cobbles for the rolling hills of Yorkshire to make a sneaky appearance in Leeds-based soap Emmerdale over Christmas.

Elland Road

It wouldn’t be an A to Z of Leeds without making reference to the home of the mighty Leeds United.

Being a Leeds fan has been a rollercoaster affair over the last few years with a number of changes to the managing team.

However, the loyal fans stand by their club and sing proudly in the stands at the south Leeds ground during match days. Marching On Together.

Foodies

Leeds certainly cemented itself as a foodie paradise after securing its first Michelin star in years with Michael O’Hare’s creative concoctions at The Man Behind the Curtain.

We are set to see the return of the Leeds Indie Food Festival this year and not forgetting the huge celebration of food and drink in Millennium Square every summer!

Greek Street

Greek Street used to be the destination for the trendy types back in the day.

Sadly we saw the departure of popular destinations including Akbars, Prohibition, Quid Pro Quo and The Living Room.

But now the city centre street is seeing its very own renaissance with the arrival of new restaurants, bars and even a boutique hotel setting up shop in the former stacker car park.

Headingley

The suburbs of Headingley are a popular place for the city’s students to call their very own home from home.

It is also the home of sport in Leeds hosting the grounds of our very own mighty Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Ice rinks

Work is finally set to start on a permanent indoor ice rink next to Leeds United’s Elland Road ground.

The market for skating in Leeds has been underlined by the popularity of the city’s Ice Cube in Millennium Square. And don’t forget the former ice rink in Kirkstall!

Jimmy’s

St James’ Hospital in Leeds is affectionately known to the city as Jimmy’s and was the subject of a fly-on-the-wall television series with the same name.

It gave viewers across the country the chance to go behind the scenes at the hospital.

Kirkgate Market

The markets first opened in 1822 as an open-air market, and between 1850 and 1875 the first covered sections of the market had been constructed.

It is the founding location of Marks & Spencer which opened in Leeds Market as a penny bazaar.

In 1975 a fire broke out in the market hall. The market is set for a huge multi-million pound revamp to help give traders an extra boost.

Leeds Festival

Leeds Festival one of the biggest events on the city’s music calendar and attracts hundreds of thousands of rock fans to the stately grounds of Bramham Park.

Over the years we’ve had big names including Greenday, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Eminem, Cypress Hill and Muse headline the popular event.

Just a few weeks ago American stars the Red Hot Chili Peppers announced they would be headlining next year’s extravaganza.

Millennium Square

The £12m project was Leeds’ flagship project to create a focal point in the city centre to mark the year 2000.

Swathes of people flock to the square for different events over the year including music gigs, the annual Christmas Market and even the warm-up zone for the Leeds 10k.

Tony Yeboah scores in the 1995 Christmas Eve clash between Leeds and Manchester United.

Rob Atkinson: A very Leeds United Christmas Eve