Leeds City







Leeds is a city standing in the eastern foothills of the Pennines. Its massive Metropolitan District stretches from the plains of the ancient kingdom of Elmet in the east, to the highlands of Baildon and Ilkley Moors in the west. It developed as a major industrial centre for the production of wool and clothing, and as the industrial age developed it was a leader in steel, engineering and printing. Leeds is the fastest growing city in the United Kingdom, and is the largest centre for financial and legal business outside London, its University and colleges stimulating a cosmopolitan society.


The Metropolitan District is not however over developed, 65% of its land is green belt, and the Dales Way long distance footpath starts within a mile of the City centre on Woodhouse Moor, and the Yorkshire Dales National Park lies within twenty miles.


Leeds contains many large parks including Roundhay, Golden Acre, Meanwood, Temple Newsam House, and Kirkstall Abbey, and is home to a refurbished museum and the Royal Armouries.


The development of Leeds occurred chiefly in the last two centuries. Although the area, known as the kingdom of Elmet, was occupied in Celtic and Anglo Saxon times, when Leeds was recorded as Loidis, it was a very small hamlet compared with other local villages, now suburbs of the city, like Bramley, Armley, and Headingley etc. whose Anglo Saxon roots are defined by the suffix “ley.” It was an agricultural market town in the Middle Ages when it was given its Royal Charter in 1207.







Britain Tour



Meanwood Park


The Saxon/Norman Church at Adel


The Old House Bramley

Dated 1460


The Moravian School at Fulneck