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Looking Up In Leeds

You don’t need to be up high for a spectacular sight, some of the best views in Leeds can be seen by looking up! Here’s 5 of our faves that you can see for free...

The Domed Ceiling of Leeds Corn Exchange

One of Britain’s finest Victorian buildings and a Grade 1 listed structure, Leeds Corn Exchange has a domed roof you need to be behold! Designed by Cuthbert Brodrick and completed in 1864, Leeds Corn Exchange is an iconic building and architectural masterpiece. Explore the very best in creative, innovative and independent retail enterprises amongst building’s striking features, the perfect backdrop for a unique shopping experience.


Corn Exchange Domed Roof
Royal Armouries Hall Of Steel

The Hall of Steel at the Royal Armouries

In addition to the five galleries which house 5,000 objects in the permanent displays and the more recent Peace Gallery, the museum also includes the Hall of Steel, a giant staircase whose walls are decorated with trophy displays composed of 2,500 objects reminiscent of the historical trophy displays erected by the Tower Armouries from the 17th century. Stand at the bottom and look up to take in the full wonder.



The Glass Roof of Trinity Leeds

If you stand in Trinity and look up you’ll not only marvel at the huge expanse of glass, interspersed with glittering lights, you will also see ‘Equus Altus’, Andy Scott’s packhorse towering above the happy shoppers. ‘Equus Altus’ is a 5 metre high two-tonne pack horse, mounted atop a ten metre high 300mm square steel column and loaded with a pack of wool commemorating the industry upon which the city of Leeds was founded.



Trinity Launch Night
Tiled Hall Cafe - Credit Andy Tryner

Tiled Hall Café at Leeds Art Gallery

Few could argue against the charms of the Tiled Hall Cafe. This magnificent arched space was originally a reading room for the library, before the original features were covered by shelving and the room fell out of use. In 2007, the space was restored to its former glory and with a blend of brightly coloured decorative tiles, gold details on the ceiling, huge marble columns and dramatic archways, it’s difficult to understand quite why the space was ever hidden in the first place. Why not enjoy a coffee and a cake whilst admiring the architecture?

The Stained Glass Ceiling at the Victoria Quarter

And last but by no means least, the stunning stained glass at the Victoria Quarter. Take a break from enjoying the designer stores to look up at Brian Clarke’s 746.9 square metres of beautiful stained glass which runs the whole length of Queen Victoria Street and is featured in the Guinness Book of Records for being the largest stained glass window in Britain.



Victoria Quarter Stained Glass Ceiling

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