markets & market towns
East of England
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!