There are plenty of well-known landmarks, monuments, creations and events that Leeds is famous for. You may already know about most of them, but there are a few that might surprise you. Here are some of the many things Leeds is famous for …
Marks & Spencers

The world’s first Marks & Spencers opened in Leeds in 1884. Michael Marks started a stall at Leeds Kirkgate Market and a year later went into partnership with Thomas Spencer to form Marks & Spencers. You can still find the stall in the market today where you can buy coffee, mugs, sweets and more.

Leeds West Indian Carnival

The Leeds West Indian Carnival in Leeds is one of the longest running carnivals of its kind in Europe. You can see it for yourself every August bank holiday in Chapeltown and Harehills. The music, costumes and masquerade procession are all essential elements of the Caribbean carnival and it’s a brilliant way to celebrate the Caribbean culture.

Jelly Tots

Leeds is famous for the creation of the popular sweets Jelly Tots. The sweets were invented by Rowntree worker, Dr Brian Boffey who was from Horsforth in Leeds. Jelly Tots were launched in 1965 and quickly became a popular sweet for children, and still are today!

Leeds Festival

Of course we couldn’t miss Leeds Festival in our selection as it’s the largest festival in Leeds. It attracts thousands of people from all over the country. An incredible line-up of artists perform over the August bank holiday every year! This year headliners include Post Malone, Foo Fighters and The 1975. Let’s pray for good weather!

Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey is a famous landmark in Leeds which is comprised of the ruins of a medieval abbey, founded in 1152.  There are plenty of learning opportunities at Kirkstall Abbey such as the life of the monks who lived there and the history of the Abbey.

Did you know Leeds was famous for these?