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Leeds Dock is a refurbished area of Leeds city centre. Once a thriving industrial port, today, Leeds Dock is home to trendy bars and restaurants, installations and big brand stores.
The dock was constructed for boats using the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Aire and Calder Navigation to tranship goods and commodities from Leeds city centre in the 1840s.
It was primarily used to bring coal from collieries around Rothwell and Wakefield to supply heavy industries in Hunslet and business and commerce in the city centre.
Purchased by Allied London 5 years ago, the areas has been transformed to become Leeds’ “first tech, media and creative industries hub”.
It is also home to the Royal Armouries Museum Light Night and the Lumen Prize commission, who all lend Leeds Docks a wealth of cultural events and activities. The development cost £42.5 million.
It is an eclectic mix, but one that provides hours of diversion for visitors to Leeds. Events at Leeds Dock include the Waterfront Festival, exhibits from the Museum of Youth Culture, art installations and shared skills workshops.
Highlights of the Waterfront Festival include Tsingtao Dragon Boat Races, and local street food traders battling out for votes in the British Street Food Awards. The festival also features the first Leeds Dock Aquathlon. This free to enter event sees participants taking part in a 250m swim in the dock, followed by a 4km run.
The Royal Armouries Museum, located at Leeds Dock attracts 1.5 million visitors a year and is the main reason people visit the dock.
Leeds Dock is easily accessible being a short distance from the centre of Leeds by either foot, bike, car or public transport. There is even a water taxi service that runs on a daily basis.