Five of the most Instagrammable spots in Leeds to visit today before crowds return

It’s no secret that Leeds is filled with plenty of stunning sights.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 4:45 am

From the aesthetically-pleasing architecture of the Corn Exchange, to the stylish Victoria Gate and stunning flower gardens at Harewood House, there’s a reason visitors’ Instagram profiles are jam-packed with Leeds’ very best sights .

While bars and restaurants have remained shut for indoor dining over lockdown and the usual flock of day-trippers have remained at home, many spots across Leeds have been made available for the city’s locals to enjoy in all their glory.

Ahead of restrictions easing on Monday, tourism body Visit Leeds has rounded up five of the most ‘gram-worthy locations in Leeds for you to snap before the crowds return.

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Leeds Corn Exchange

Here are their suggestions:

Leeds Corn Exchange

An living Leeds landmark located in the heart of the city centre, it's known by locals as a beacon of creativity.

Leeds Corn Exchange is a must-see for the Instagram-obsessed among us.

Harewood House

This large Victorian building and its colourful interior hosts a varied range of independent retailers and food outlets, so once you’ve snapped the perfect picture for the ‘gram, make sure to grab a coffee from OWT.

Make your way to Vicar Lane to check out one of the only three remaining Corn Exchanges still functioning as a centre for trade in Britain.

Victoria Gate

This structural wonder in Leeds is not only home to John Lewis and other luxurious shopping brands, but is also one of the most popular additions to the stunning Leeds' skyline.

While the rays glint off the geometrical stonework at sunset, be sure to catch a glimpse of Leeds’ beloved Victoria Gate from one of the rooftop terraces now open.

East 59th offers the perfect spot for drinks with a view, whilst Issho’s Japanese cuisine can be enjoyed for its rooftop, and all with an exquisite view of Leeds’ city skyline; another photo op that’s just waiting to be snapped.

Kirkgate Market

While Leeds city centre has become one of the most sought-after shopping destinations, we can’t forget where it all began.

Home to the UK’s very first Marks & Spencer store, Kirkgate Market has been around for over 120 years and has many inspiring stories to tell.

Full of life, colour and beautiful architecture made up of domes, metalwork and glazed ceilings - there aren’t many buildings that stand as iconic as Kirkgate Market.

As one of the largest indoor markets in Europe, and a shopper’s paradise for fresh food, Kirkgate Market stands tall in the city centre, basking in all its glory.

Therefore it’s no surprise that this Leeds jewel is such a popular photographer’s paradise.

Harewood House

Harewood House, a stunning country house that was built back in 1772, is fit for royalty, as it was home to HRH Princess Mary, the Princess Royal.

Set in magnificent landscape and gardens, Harewood House sits at the heart of Yorkshire and is also home to critically endangered bird species.

This exquisite house has also acted as a host for live music events, and this Summer will see the likes of Bryan Adams, Olly Murs and Michael Buble swing by.

Take advantage of the stunning scenery and rolling landscapes and capture Harewood House in all its glory, before the crowds come flooding in.

Leeds Briggate

We've covered everything from traditional structures to modern comforts, but what about Leeds’ very own high street?

Next up is the Leeds Briggate, and if you’re a local, chances are this is where you spend your weekends shopping.

While Briggate is picturesque at all times of the day, it’s a particularly beautiful place to admire the sunset, so make sure you pop out for a sunset stroll and get snapping at one of Leeds’ most visited places before footfall in the city centre is back at its peak..