Undoubtedly one of the City’s most famous landmarks, here are 5 facts you may not know …

 

It’s Europe’s largest indoor market

The market is a shopper’s paradise selling everything from fresh food, fashion, jewellery, flowers, hardware and haberdashery. With around 170 traders in the market, there’s always something interesting to buy and see.

 

It’s a piece of history

At the heart of the Leeds retail scene since 1875, Kirkgate Market is home to

a huge range of traders with businesses spanning generations.  While

development of the current site began in 1875, the first version of Leeds

Markets opened in 1822!

 

It’s a street food destination

The ‘Market Kitchen’ offers an incredible range of street food traders.  You can try everything from Indian dishes, Vietnamese cuisine, delicious hot dogs and wraps made out of Yorkshire pudding.

 

It’s the birthplace and still home to Marks & Spencer

In 1884, Michael Marks opened a Penny Bazaar stall at Kirkgate Market. 143 years later, they’re a multi-billion pound company that operates all over the world.  But they’ve not forgotten their roots and still have a stall inside the market.

 

It’s visited by 600,000 people every month

Considering everything mentioned, it’s easy to see why nearly 600,000

people visit every month!

 

 

fact fileCoach tours are welcome throughout the year, coach drivers receive a £5 meal voucher and a coach drop off area is available. Book your coach trip in today by contacting the markets team on 0113 3781950 or email markets@leeds.gov.uk