With its varied landscapes, ranging from the urban city centre to the picturesque suburbs, Leeds is a really photogenic city.
In this roundup, we’ve dug into data taken from Instagram to establish which landmarks are the most photographed in Leeds. We started off by putting together a list of the city’s best-known landmarks. We included everything from First Direct Arena to museums found on the outskirts, popular shopping centres to the various parks in the region.
After that, we looked at how many times each of them had been hashtagged on Instagram – undeniably the world’s most popular photo sharing platform.
The below chart below contains twenty of the most photographed ranked from first to last. To see the number of hashtags for each landmark, simply hover over the bar chart.
Top of the list is Roundhay Park, which is one of the biggest parks in Europe. Containing two lakes, a restaurant/cafe and hundreds of acres to explore, it holds some of the biggest events in Leeds. In fact, thousands of local attend the annual bonfire night extravaganza here. As a result, there are countless photo ops – which might explain why it’s top of the list.
Watch our video: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Roundhay Park
Delving further down the list, you’ll notice that some of the biggest entertainment venues in Leeds feature.
The First Direct Arena hosts some of the biggest stars from the music world, and although they might be top of the league this season – the mighty Owls take the 2nd spot on our league table.
With match attendance regularly over 30,000 a week – fans clearly can’t help but photograph their teams’ most successful season in years.
A notable appearance on the list is the Brudenell Social Club in the top 10. Although it’s undeniably one of Leeds’ most famous live music venues – it has a modest capacity of four hundred people. In contrast, the O2 Academy appears further down the list but has almost four times the capacity.
Other landmarks include places like Kirkstall Abbey, Harewood House and the Royal Armouries, all of which are popular with photographers as a result of their picturesque qualities. Consequently, it’ll be interesting to see how this data changes over the next few years, especially in Leeds United are promoted to the Premiership.
Were you surprised by our findings? Let us know in the comments.