Leeds in West Yorkshire was founded 1086 during the time of the Norman Conquest. The area was known for being a major player in the woolen industry and it expanded rapidly during the Industrial Revolution. Thanks to its rich history there are several things for visitors to see and enjoy.
One of the popular stops is the Millennium Square. The project was considered the flagship of the year 2000. The square boarders many of the other city landmarks such as the town hall, Leeds Civic Halls, Leeds General Infirmary and Leeds City Museum. The square is the site for many major attractions such as concerts, an outdoor theatre and other civic ceremonies and fairs. It was the site of the Christmas Market allowing visitors to purchase drinks, food, jewelry, and textiles.
Located along side the Millennium Square is the Leeds City Museum. The city museum was originally established in 1819. In 1941, during world war two, there were a few artifacts and the building was damaged during bombing. The museum was closed in 1965 and many of the exhibits stayed in the building until 1999 when the museum went into storage and the items could be viewed by appointment. In 2008 the building was reopened to the public. There are several different types of different exhibits that visitors can view. One of the exhibits that is popular is the Leeds "man-eater" tiger that was given to the museum as a pelt and has since been re-stuffed and mounted.
Another site that is often visited is Morley Town Hall. The Morley Town Hall is best known for it's clock tower. The clock was completed in 1895 and replaced the previous clock which had been blown out of the clock tower by a gale. The clock chimes are the same as the chimes of Big Ben and the belfrey is a historical site due to the wartime air raid siren. Visitors can see the building but they can no longer access the inside of the belfry due to safety regulations.
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