So, what do we mean by ‘South’? As the name might suggest, South refers to the areas in the south of Leeds, from Armley and Morley, all the way to Rothwell and Garforth. Each of these popular suburbs, and the people who reside in them contribute to creating the fabric of Leeds. Here, you won’t struggle to find longstanding family-run businesses, trusted and well-loved by locals, as well as popular independent shops, pubs, and attractions.
The first stop on the route through South is Armley. Armley is a popular district which, like much of Leeds, grew in the industrial revolution and was home to several mills; one of which plays host to the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills. Once one of the world’s largest woollen mill, Armley Mills is now an award-winning museum, containing exhibits dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, portraying the expansive history of textiles, clothing, and locomotive manufacture in the area. Armley Mills proves to be a guaranteed trip down memory lane, offering an education on the history of Leeds for everyone.
Further on from Armley is Beeston, renowned for being the home of Leeds United’s Football Stadium, Elland Road. As a result, Beeston also plays host to a set of stellar set of pubs, fish and chip shops and other trusty takeaways who are ready to feed the fans whether it’s a celebration, or commiseration.
As an inner-city area of Leeds Hunslet is still reminiscent of its rich industrial past, showcasing 19th century industrial buildings and terraced housing. Despite playing homage to its past, Hunslet continues to prosper to this day as it follows the trend of Leeds generally and the expansion of office and industrial sites south of Leeds city centre.
Further south you’ll find Rothwell, a modest market town and home to a number sprawling green spaces, characterful buildings and unique landmarks. When paying a visit to the market town, you’ll be immediately greeted with one of Rothwell’s unique landmarks, an archway made from the jaw bones of a whale which have a unique history themselves. Rothwell plays host to two main parks which are much-loved by locals, Rothwell Country Park and Springhead Park; the former offering beautiful wildflower meadows, ponds packed with active wildlife, woodland, and sculpture trail, whilst the latter is equipped with a café, skate park, aviary, tennis courts, playground and even a dementia friendly garden.
Stay tuned as we continue the South series this week, taking a more in depth look at all the fantastic places which make Leeds mighty. Happy adventuring!