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Discover the secrets of the Town Hall posted 06 Sep 2019

Discover the secrets of the Town Hall

Leeds Town Hall was built in 1858 as a statement of civic pride - a reminder of the importance of Leeds as a centre of trade and commerce, and an indication of the wealth of at least some of its citizens. The building is a famous example of Victorian architecture that reflects the wealth, power and confidence of the age in which it was created. Queen Victoria herself agreed to perform the opening ceremony, perhaps the most important celebration in the history of the city as it was her one and only trip to Leeds. 

The Town Hall houses a once used police station called the Bridewell. There are many cells underneath the grand building - some are even concealed under the front steps. 

The Town Hall has been the venue for musical concerts of all kinds, and is the home of the Leeds International Concert Season. Many leading conductors and musicians have performed at Leeds, for example Sir Charles Hallé's orchestra, Sir Arthur Sullivan and Benjamin Britten who conducted a performance of his Spring Symphony in 1950. 

It is possible to climb the 209 steps of the iconic clock tower to see the fascinating clock mechanism whilst taking in a view of Leeds unlike any other. 

Why not look through the images in the gallery tab above, how many of Leeds' landmarks can you spot?
Please note, due to extensive roof repairs and refurbishment, Town Hall tours are not currently available.