Mosaic-like tiles on vaulted ceiling of Leeds Art Gallery cafe
Dante watches over the diners
Henry Moore sculpture outside Leeds Art Gallery
Leeds has a wealth of Victorian buildings
Hepper & Sons Auctioneers
Doorway of Hepper & Sons Auctioneers
East Parade Chambers
Doorway of East Parade Chambers
Corner of St Paul's Street in Leeds
Figure of Atlas over the doorway
North America - one of the four continents adorning the building
Park Square, one of the finest squares in Leeds
House in Park Square
Detail of terracotta tiles round door
Former bank on Boar Lane, Leeds
Corn Exchange, one of the most magnificent buildings in the city
Entrance columns of the Corn Exchange
Amazing roof of the Corn Exchange
The building now houses shops and cafes
The roof resembles the hull of an upturned boat
Leeds City Market - the best Victorian market hall in the country
Leeds City Market
Ornamental cast ironwork
A huge array of stalls
Terracotta faience adorns many buildings in Leeds - made locally at Burmantofts
Leeds' arcades are one of the delights of the city
Entrance to the County Arcade
County Arcade - one of jewels in Leeds' crown
The interior has wonderful multi-coloured architectural faience
Mosaic panels symbolising Agriculture and Peace below glazed cupola
Glazed vaulted roof
The whole interior sparkles
Victoria Arcade, a modern arcade adjoining Arcade
The ceiling has stained glass panels by Brian Clarke
Entrance to Thornton's Arcade
Interior of Thornton's Arcade
Clock with mechanical figures in Thornton's Arcade
Magnificent clock outside Queen's Arcade
Temple Works in Leeds
A flax mill modelled on Temple of Horus in Egypt!
Built between 1836-40
Designed by the Bonomi Brothers...
... for the Leeds industrialist John Marshall
It has spectacular carved stone columns
And amazing details
No wonder this building is Grade I Listed
It's well worth taking a walk out to Holbeck to see it
More carved details...
...on Temple Works
Leeds Library on Commercial Street
An independent subscription library dating from 1768
and staircase at Leeds Library
Typical Victorian buildings in Leeds clad with terracotta faience made at Burmantofts Pottery
Former headquarters of the brewers Tetley
Striking red-brick building in Leeds
Interesting curved shape...
and colourful decorative brickwork
St Paul's House in Park Square
An astonishing Victorian warehouse...
... in the Moorish-Venetian style
St Paul's House designed by Thomas Ambler in 1878
Extraordinary decorative detailing...
... patterns round every window
St Paul's House in Park Square
One of the architectural gems of Leeds
Originally built in 1878 as a cloth-cutting works and warehouse for Sir John Barran
It looks more like a Venetian palace
Hispano-Moresque decorative details
Tiles on St Paul's House
It's hard to believe this was an industrial building
St Paul's House, just off the Headrow in Leeds....
Not far from Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Art Gallery - definitely worth a detour
Newly refurbished Leeds Art Gallery
Stunning Victorian interiors restored to their former glory
Leeds Art Gallery reopened in October 2017 following a major refurbishment
Rooflights in first floor galleries
Leeds Art Gallery has never looked so good
The 20th century collection in Leeds Art Gallery is one of the best in the c ountry
Leeds Town Hall
Terracotta architectural faience, a Leeds speciality, seen on many buildings in the city
Mosaic Panel on Leeds College of Art
Leeds Civic Hall
Clock on Leeds Civic Hall
Leeds Civic Hall
Golden owls, the emblem of the City of Leeds, on Leeds Civic Hall
Leeds Civic Hall
University of Leeds
Brotherton Library in University of Leeds
Central chandelier in Brotherton Library
Leeds Grand Theatre and Grand Arcade
Leeds Grand Theatre
Grand Arcade next to Leeds Grand Theatre
Exterior detailing on Grand Arcade building
Grand Arcade next to Leeds Grand Theatre
Leeds is a splendid Victorian city with a treasure trove of colourful flamboyant buildings dating from the late 19th and early 20th century. Architectural highlights include the Leeds Corn Exchange with its domed wooden roof resembling the hull of a boat, designed by Cuthbert Brodrick in 1864.
The stunning County Arcade designed by theatre architect Frank Matcham, built between 1898-1904, is one of several well-preserved Victorian shopping arcades in Leeds. The glazed faience decoration that adorns the interior of this arcade was made by the local firm of Burmantofts.
The terracotta cladding on the facade of nearby Leeds City Market on Kirkgate is also very spectacular. Designed by Joseph and John Leeming in 1904, the market hall’s cast-iron structure is painted in polychrome. The market itself is one of the most vibrant in the UK.
On the other side of the city is Leeds Civic Hall with its dazzling golden owls, a late Art Deco building designed by Vincent Harris dating from 1931-3.
Dominating the Headrow is the imposing Leeds Town Hall, another highly ornate Victorian building designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, built between 1853-8.
Next door is Leeds Art Gallery, whose newly-restored top-lit galleries provide a stunning setting for its excellent collection of 20th century paintings and sculpture. The Art Gallery’s fabulous Victorian tiled café is not to be missed.
On the other side of the Headrow in the elegant setting of Park Square is St Paul’s House. A Victorian warehouse and cloth cutting works designed in the Moorish-Venetian style by Thomas Ambler in 1878, this extraordinary building is another of the architectural gems of Leeds.
Just 30 miles from Elmet Farmhouse, Leeds is easily reached by train from Hebden Bridge and makes an excellent day out.
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An outstanding nursery specialising in hardy perennials with a wonderful hillside garden featured several times on Gardeners World, most recently in August 2017. The planting is lush and impressionistic, mixing grasses with tall herbaceous perennials to create a wild naturalistic effects with plants cascading over the winding paths. The garden is open from mid to late summer when the flowers and grasses are at their peak. Most of the plants in the herbaceous border at Elmet Farmhouse came from Dove Cottage Nursery.
Nursery open March-September. Garden open June – September
Slack Top Alpine Nursery and Garden
Heptonstall, near Hebden Bridge
If you’re interested in alpines, the award-winning Slack Top Alpine Nursery and Garden near Heptonstall, above Hebden Bridge, is the place to come – not just in Yorkshire, but nationwide. Situated in a stunning location on top of the Pennines above Hardcastle Crags, the nursery specialises in hardy alpine plants which flourish at high altitude. Run by alpine experts Michael and Allison Mitchell, Slack Top Alpines has been profiled in the RHS magazine The Garden and featured on Gardeners’ World. All the plants are grown on site and many can be seen in the adjoining garden in specially-made troughs and striking rock and scree beds. Whether you’re an alpine lover or a novice gardener, Slack Top is an inspiring place to visit and offers one of the best selections of alpines in the UK.
Slack Top Nursery and Garden, Alpine House, 22A Slack Top, near Heptonstall, Hebden Bridges, West Yorkshire HX7 7HA
Open from March to September, Fridays-Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am – 5pm
Parcevall Hall Gardens
Skyreholme, near Skipton
A renowned plantsman’s garden located at the heart of Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Located at the head of a small valley, there are 24 acres of formal and woodland gardens which rise up the hillside for 200 feet giving wonderful views in every direction. The gardens were laid out by the late Sir William Milner from 1927 onwards, and are planted with specimens from around the world, many collected from Western China and the Himalayas. The gardens have many different facets, including woodland walks, formal south facing terraces, a bedrock limestone rock garden and a beautiful rose garden, all set against the stunning back-drop of the Yorkshire Dales.
Parcevall Hall Gardens, Skyreholme, Skipton BD23 6DE
The picturesque ruins of 12th century Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, make a splendid excursion from Elmet Farmhouse. Adjoining the abbey grounds are the serene 18th century water gardens created by John and Wiliam Aislabie on their Studley Royal estate. Newly restored by the National Trust, who own both properties, the gardens consist of a series of lakes, ponds and canals adorned with classical statues, overlooked by temples, towers and viewpoints. These vistas, along with the stunning views of nearby Fountains Abbey, combine to create an unforgettable landscape experience.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3DY
An exquisite one-acre garden lovingly hand-crafted by the mother and son duo of Sybil and Robin Spencer during the second half of the 20th century. A highly personal creation, York Gate is divided into small intimate areas by yew and beech hedges, with beautiful paving and choice plants. Highlights include the Herb Garden with its unusual topiary and the Dell with its attractive shrubs and hidden stream. A wonderful combination of architectural structure and inspired planting, York Gate is run by the charity Perennial (formerly known as the Gardeners’ Benevolent Society), to whom it was bequeathed in 1994.
Back Church Lane, Adel, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS16 8DW
Less than 3 miles from Saltairealong the Leeds and Liverpool Canal are the famous Five Rise Locks at Bingley, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’. Built in 1774, the five adjoining locks raise boats over 59 feet (18 metres) over a distance of 320 feet.
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal, connecting two major cities on either side of the Pennines, spans 127 miles and is the longest canal in the UK. Bingley’s Five Rise Locks are 16 miles from Leeds. Known as staircase locks because they open directly into each other, with the top gate of one lock forming the bottom gate of the next, Bingley’s Five Rise Locks are the steepest in the country. A few hundred yards along the canal is another shorter flight of locks: the Bingley Three Rise Locks.
Designed by John Longbotham of Halifax, the Five Rise Locks were built by four local stonemasons: John Sugden of Wilsden and Barnabus Morvil, Jonathan Farrar and William Wild of Bingley.
The locks are a remarkable feat of engineering and are still in use today, operated by lock keepers. The photographs show two narrow boats passing through the Five Rise Locks.