Leeds Kirkgate Market named one of the most popular markets in the UK

No surprise there really.

New research ranks the most popular markets in the UK, and Leeds Kirkgate Market comes in at number eight.

Leeds Kirkgate Market is one of our favourite places in the city. 

It is a market drenched in history and innovation, being home to the largest indoor market in Europe when it opened back in 1857. 

Not only did the market push architectural boundaries of it’s time, but technological ones too with ‘fish row’- an inventive cooled area for fishmongers to bring fresh produce from the coast which opened in 1895 and is still there today.

The exterior of Leeds Kirkgate Market.
Image: The Hoot Leeds

But not only can you buy all your fresh produce as well as other worldwide ingredients from there, the street food area is home to an amazing array of food vendors serving up delicious lunch options to locals. 

From Vietnamese pho to Indian paneer wraps, there’s something for everyone to tuck into and at a very good price as well.

As it’s the festive season, it’s also a great place to buy unique gifts that you can’t find anywhere else, so it comes as no surprise really that Leeds Kirkgate Market has been crowned number eight in the UK’s most popular markets.

The first ever Marks and Spencer inside Leeds Kirkgate Market.
Image: The Hoot Leeds

To rank the most popular markets in the UK, Capital on Tap has 30 of the top markets and ranked them based on a variety of metrics, including the monthly search demand and Google ratings. They also revealed which markets are the most popular on Instagram and TikTok.

Coming in at number one was the iconic Camden Market in London followed by Portobello Market, and coming in at number three is Bury Market just across the Pennines in Manchester.

The full ranking is as follows: 

  1. Camden Market, London
  2. Portobello Market, London
  3. Bury Market, Manchester
  4. The Covered Market, Oxford
  5. St Nicholas Market, Bristol
  6. Norwich Market, Norwich
  7. Bullring Markets, Birmingham
  8. Kirkgate Market, Leeds
  9. Billingsgate Fish Market, London
  10. Brighton Open Market, Brighton

Read more: The Leeds bar serving pigs in blanket burgers and UNLIMITED gravy this Christmas

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