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    Your M&S in Leeds Heritage Trail


    Try our Heritage Trail through Leeds City Centre

    Welcome to Your M&S Heritage Trail

    We're delighted to launch the very first M&S Heritage Trail across Leeds, created in partnership with the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council's Library Service. The trail is part of a suite of maps produced by the Council to help visitors explore the city. Bringing together the rich M&S heritage in the city, the Trail takes visitors from Kirkgate Market in Leeds to our unique Marks in Time Exhibition here at the archive. Via key sights such as our first store in Cross Arcade, you'll explore the history of Leeds from an M&S perspective!

    You can download the Heritage Trail from the Leeds City Council website here: https://www.visitleeds.co.uk/resources/maps-more/, or contact us to request a copy through the post.

    M&S Company Archive
    Michael Marks Building
    University of Leeds
    Western Campus off Clarendon Road
    LS2 9JT (LS2 9LP for Sat Nav)

    Transport Links: 56 Bus Route
    Our building is fully accessible for wheelchairs and parking spaces are available for Blue Badge holders.

    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

    Contact us:

    0208 718 2800

    Did you know that the very first M&S goods were sold in Leeds from a 6ft x 4ft trestle table? Your M&S Heritage Trail guides you through the city revealing the unique story of Marks & Spencer. Discover how we developed from a humble open-air market stall to one of Britain's most successful retailers. There are now over 21 million visitors to our stores every week.

    As you follow this trail, don't forget to look around. You'll pass many important buildings which are part of the story of Leeds.

    The whole trail will take you about one and a half hours. Starting at Kirkgate Market, the route is slightly uphill most of the way, but is fully accessible for those with pushchairs or wheelchairs. To help you find your way, 'Walk It' signs are placed at various locations along the route.


    Add your comment...

    alan watt, Dundee
    Thursday 26 September
    Watched your recent programme on Channel 5 which recalled the early 'St Michael' days when Sir Simon Marks headed the company. These were the days of Norwich counters and the girls wore blue nylon overalls. My first pair of long trousers were Rayon @ 37/6d, and I do recall when 'Chicken Kievs' first came out.
    Barry million, Spennymoor
    Friday 18 September
    Darlington store
    khan, pakistan
    Sunday 25 October
    Claudia Lafont, Ryedale
    Friday 6 August
    Is there any way to download a copy of the Trail map? I would like to plan a trip to Leeds.
    Company Archive, Leeds
    Monday 9 August
    Hi Claudia, thanks for your message - we've just added a download link to this page! If you'd like a copy posted to you, just email us at company.archive@marksandspencer.com