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Walkit Route WP1

Welcome to City Square, Leeds. This is Sign WP01

Welcome to Leeds city centre. This sign is part of Walk it Leeds - a project aimed at making it easy to find your way around Leeds City Centre on foot.

Rich in culture and heritage, Leeds is a vibrant city with lots to discover and something for everyone to enjoy.

By day, take your pick of the excellent shopping in the city centre. Discover our charming traditional arcades with their thriving independent boutique shops and indulge yourself in the magnificent Victoria Quarter.

By night, Leeds really comes alive with its wide array of restaurants, bars, clubs and other entertainment. There is a broad range of cultural attractions, including renowned theatres, opera and ballet companies, with something to appeal to every palate.

You are at sign WP01 on City Square, which was laid out in 1899 following the demolition of the mixed cloth hall on the site. Today, from this point you are presented with one of the best 360 degree views the city has to offer, among the spectacular buildings on show is the Old Post Office, now occupied by restaurants, the Majestic building, currently under refurbishment; Mill Hill chapel, the modern One City Square and the Portland stone frontage of the Queens Hotel. You will also see the famous Black Prince on horseback,  which is the centrepiece of an array of statues in the square, including Joseph Priestley, the father of modern chemistry.


This sign gives you clear, easy-to-read mapping of the local area. It shows you the main shopping areas in yellow, places to eat and drink in orange, and other places of interest in purple.

The map is known as ‘heads up’, which means the map is orientated to the direction you are looking at it, rather than having north at the top.

The sign is also solar powered, so the map should be backlit if it’s before 9pm and if it’s dark.

This sign was installed in February 2011 and the map was last updated in November 2011. If you spot any mistakes or damage, we’d be pleased to hear from you. Please email walkitleeds@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 2474685.

For more information about Leeds, including what’s on and when, please visit www.leedsliveitloveit.com

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