Leeds Royal Connections

Leeds is home to many historic structures, such as the Corn Exchange (1864) and Leeds Town Hall (1858), originally intended as a municipal palace. Furthermore, Leeds boasts numerous museums like Royal Armouries Museum.

Roundhay Park, once Princess Victoria’s summer residence in Victoria’s Empire period, now covers more than 100 acres (37 hectares). Lakes, woodland and gardens feature at this Victorian estate that also houses Tropical World, an exotic animal park.


The Royal Armouries is situated in Leeds city center, within easy walking distance to cultural attractions. A variety of transport options are accessible nearby including an on-site car park with 1250 spaces.

Discover the history of weapons and war with exhibits spanning thousands of years – from ancient Greece and Roman times through modern-day warfare. Highlights include Henry VIII’s crossbow that caused his death as well as a life-size replica of a Viking longship.

At Level 1, during the show’s duration, there will be an EventWell Hub where visitors can relax or speak to a trained EventWell host about anything that’s unsettling at the museum. Furthermore, free confidential support for mental health and neurodiversity issues is offered here as well as supporting mental health awareness. A short walk away lies Manchester Central Railway Station which connects to London Birmingham Manchester plus TransPennine Express trains serving Newcastle Blackpool North York plus Northern services running direct to Leeds City Station Manchester Piccadilly Station Liverpool Lime Street for train travel options to London Birmingham Manchester Piccadilly Station Liverpool Lime Street for trains on both routes!


This modern and spacious museum is packed with an engaging historic collection and displays suitable for visitors of all ages. Conceived to showcase more of the national collection than could fit at Tower of London (and Fort Nelson in Hampshire), it has quickly become one of the UK’s most beloved institutions.

Leeds is famous for its parks, which provide space for relaxing walks, picnics, play and large scale cultural events like West Indian Carnival and Asian Festival. Furthermore, many hotels across Leeds celebrate local diversity through style, cuisine and ambience.

Leeds is easily accessible by train to major destinations across the UK and offers frequent bus and taxi services for visitors. Its city centre can be reached quickly on foot while its shopping district can also be reached easily, close to universities and business areas.


Trains frequently depart major UK cities for Leeds. Traveling by rail offers an easy and scenic way to experience the countryside; many trains provide direct connections – for instance First TransPennine Express provides services from Newcastle, Manchester Piccadilly Station, Liverpool Lime Street and others, while Northern provides direct services from York Bradford Huddersfield Selby Sheffield Carlisle Ilkley among many others. National Express buses also operate regularly from Leeds and its surroundings areas.

Kate Middleton will bring a distinct Yorkshire influence into the Royal Family that hasn’t been seen for generations at such an echelon level. Her family home at Wheatley Hall in Ben Rhydding in Ilkley and her Lupton side’s activities in commercial and municipal life in Leeds were strong connections for Kate. Furthermore, Michael Lupton (her father) had strong ties to Leeds as a businessman who holds strong local ties.


Leeds quickly emerged as one of the country’s premier industrial hubs after discovering coal and iron ore deposits nearby and drawing water from the River Aire, as both provided an abundant supply of raw materials needed for textile manufacture. Leeds mills specialized in creating woolen cloth production while after the Industrial Revolution Leeds became known as an important locomotive engineering manufacturing center as well as producing ready-made clothing products.

Temple Newsam House was once owned by Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley (wife of Mary Queen of Scots). Surrounding it is parkland designed by Lancelot (“Capability”) Brown – its former residence is now an open space and park.

The University is involved in an extensive range of academic and research activities, and is an active participant in many renowned bodies such as the Russell Group, N8 Group for Research Collaboration, Universities UK, European Union’s Erasmus Network and Santander Universities Network. Numerous professional bodies accredit its business and law courses while its alumni hold senior roles at many of the world’s biggest corporations.