The 10 strange and fascinating secrets hidden underground in Leeds

Underneath Leeds lies a forgotten world.

Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, 4:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th April 2019, 1:20 pm
Pics: YPN
Pics: YPN

Rumours about secret spaces under the streets of Leeds may easily be dismissed as far-fetched urban myths, but a hidden side to the city actually does exist. From air raid shelters and nuclear bunkers to abandoned subway systems, there are a startling number of mysterious underground areas which have long been forgotten:

The Westgate Tunnel.
City Square showing air raid shelters. It was at the time the site of a public air raid shelter, this did not withstand the bombing and was significantly damaged.

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The Arthington portal of Arthington tunnel.
The old bear pit in Cardigan Road, Headingley.
The 'diner in the tunnel'' at Leeds inner ring road.
The Dark Arches running beneath the City Station towards Neville Street.
A view under the Queens Hotel in the city centre.
A view under the Queens Hotel in the city centre.
The wine cellar at Temple Newsam House.
Underground at Temple Newsam House.