Wendy surprised us with an offer to join her for the evening at the West Yorkshire Playhouse where they have started a six week run of the musical production Looserville. We had nothing planned for last night, so we welcomed the opportunity to do something different. More about that later!
Having coffee with Wendy from Leeds Tourism.
But the weather was not so-operating on Friday. In fact, there was a cold wind and it was raining most of the day. I think the high temperature might have been 13C (56F). Kind of reminded us of being in Nova Scotia last June! So we used yesterday as an indoor day, although we did get outside for short periods when the rain let up.
On the right is the library and town hall.
Our first stop was the library, art gallery and town hall. We don’t have internet access where we’re staying so the Leeds Library has granted us free tourist access to the internet for two hours per day each. The building itself is really neat, especially on the inside where there is a lot of old tile work on the floors, walls, and ceilings. Also, there’s a local branch a short walk from where we’re staying so we can use that too for internet.
Inside, even the cafeteria is interesting!
Lots to see on the inside.
Some of the streets downtown are closed to traffic.
One of the shopping arcades.
Make sure you visit Charbonnell Et Walker in the County Arcade for some chocolates!
Bought a special bag of chocolates for £1.00 ($1.64)! Happy Ruth!
One of our favourite spots of the day was Leeds City Markets. Also commonly known as Kirkgate Market. There are several different halls inside the huge market building, as well as an oudoor area. Even in rainy weather, the outoor area is busy too, with covered stalls. And prices were fantastic! Leeds is certainly less expensive than London. And Canada! Just about everything we saw, from meat to fish, and fruits and veggies were far cheaper than in Canada. For example, we bought our lunch at the market…two vegetable quiches for a total of £1.50 ($2.46). They also had chicken and asparagus, or salmon quiche. And of course many other food stalls selling lunchable items. And we bought a quart box of strawberries, and one of cherries for total of £1.50 ($2.46). The cherries alone would have cost more than that in Canada!
Leeds City Markets.
Fish and seafood anyone?
How about fruits and veggies?
Outside of the Corn Exchange
Today, we’re heading out to explore some of the smaller surrounding villages of Ilkley and Otley! And maybe a stop at the historic Kirkstall Abbey ruins.