One of the highlights of my trip to Leeds was the Victoria Quarter, which is home to three Victorian shopping arcades.
There's Thornton's Arcade, which was built in 1877 and was the first of Leeds' arcades (at one time there were eight!).
If you look closely at that photo, you might be able to just make out the clock at the far end of the arcade - it's decorated with four figures from the book Ivanhoe (including Robin Hood and Friar Tuck) who strike the bells every quarter of an hour. Sadly, I didn't time my visit quite right and missed this!
Next there's Queen's Arcade, which was built in 1889.
Both arcades have some lovely decorative ironwork, and are filled with a mix of independent shops and well-known chains.
And last but by no means least is the County Arcade. Built between 1898 and 1900, this is a large and very splendid arcade!
There are some lovely and very smart arcades in London but I've never seen one quite like this before. I mean, just look at it! Isn't it fabulous?
There are glazed domes...
... golden shop signage, balconies, marble columns...
... and sunlight streaming in through pane after pane of glass.
Even the floor is gorgeous.
The shops themselves are all pretty fancy as well, with a whole host of luxury brands to choose from.
This is somewhere that's definitely worth a visit, even if you're just planning on window-shopping!
Want to read more about my trip to Leeds? Click here to read about my walk along Leeds' waterside.