Leeds Corn Exchange - credit Carl Milner Photography for Leeds City Council


Leeds’ Spectacular Architecture

9th June 2017

From award winning buildings to the intricately beautiful Victorian arcades, here in Leeds we have an array of fascinating architecture to keep you amused for the day. With a blend of old and new, the architectural styles and buildings are captivatingly different but all equally as spectacular.
Take a look at some of the city’s architectural wonders:

Leeds Corn Exchange – dating back to 1864, the Grade 1 listed Corn Exchange is one the finest buildings in the city. With its huge domed roof and intricate detailing, it is now the home of independent retail and food traders and a burgeoning creative neighbourhood.

Broadcasting Place – you’ll either love it or hate it but either way it will catch your eye! The rusty looking angular building is owned by Leeds Beckett University and has won awards for its fascinating design.

Victorian Arcades – Leeds is famous for its spectacular arcades rivalling those found in Milan and Budapest. Queens Arcade, Thornton’s Arcade, Grand Arcade and the magnificent Victorian Quarter are all awash with history but each with their own unique atmosphere and identity. Victoria Gate is the newest arcade and its award winning design is based on the Victorian arcades that connect all the retail areas of the city.


Leeds Kirkgate Market – As one of the largest indoor markets in Europe, Leeds Kirkgate Market has pushed many technological and architectural boundaries since it opened in 1857. Full of character and history, it is one of Leeds’ must see buildings!

The Queens Hotel – the stunning Queens Hotel has long stood as Leeds’ most famous landmark hotel. Originally built in 1937, it is proud of both its Art Deco heritage and 4* modern luxury. It was also the first hotel in the UK to have en-suite facilities!

There are loads more notable buildings and interesting pieces of architecture across the city including Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds Cathedral, Central Square, City Square and St Paul’s House – the list goes on and on!

Exterior view of Leeds Town Hall showing clock tower and ornate facade

You can read more about the history of our historic architecture here and discover the true heritage of our city.