Special Leeds Civic Hall tours now open to the public

Two special tours of Leeds Civic Hall hosted by the city’s Lady Mayoress Edna Murray are set to be held next month.

Beginning from this Saturday, February 1, those in attendance will be able to view a range of rooms, including the Ark Royal Room, Council Chamber, Reception Hall Banqueting Suite, and find out more about the history and stories associated with the building.

This will include the chance to discover how much it cost to build the Civic Hall and what happened to the key that was used to open the famous city landmark for the very first time.

Entry to the tour is free, and as an extra treat, the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray will also be present at the February 1 event to welcome guests.

To book your place on the tours, please contact the Leeds Visitor Centre on: 0113 2425242.

Refreshments will be available after the tour for a small donation to the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal - the LOFFTY project, at both events, held on February 1 and February 8 from 11am.

The Lady Mayoress of Leeds, Edna Murray said:

"I am really looking forward to hosting these two tours of the Civic Hall, which will provide an opportunity for people to find out more about one of our city’s most recognisable and famous buildings.

"As part of the tour, this will include the chance to visit the Ark Royal Room, Reception Hall, Banqueting Hall, Council Chamber and hear more about the history and interesting stories associated with the Civic Hall."

Notes to editors:

Two tours hosted by the Lady Mayoress will be held at the Civic Hall from 11am on:

Saturday, February 1, from 11am.

Saturday, February 8, from 11am.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk