Like world class museums and internationally acclaimed art and sculpture? Leeds is where you’ll find it and it’s free! Leeds Art Gallery housed within the spectacular Victoriana architecture of the Headrow holds best collections of work by Yorkshire’s own sculpture queen Barbara Hepworth alongside 20th Century gems by Bacon, Rego, Gormley and many more. Go on a journey into Leeds history and into ancient worlds at the free entry Leeds City Museum next door to the art gallery then take a scenic stroll along the waterfront to Clarence Dock for the free entry Royal Armouries Museum packed with interactive galleries and themed play areas.
Festival cities don’t come much better than Leeds which hosts one of the UK’s top music festivals annually at Bramham Park over the late August Bank Holiday weekend – early booking always recommended! Other festival highlights in Leeds include the annual Autumn international film festival and the summer concert season which always features a selection of free concerts.
See everything from ballet and opera to top West End musicals for a budget price at the Leeds Grand Theatre and find cutting edge drama and the best of theatre touring rep at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Art house gems sit on the outskirts of the city too, particularly the little Cottage Road Cinema in Headingley, a favourite with students, and one of the UK’s oldest cinemas dating from 1912.
You’ll find a fantastic selection of museums and attractions located around Leeds city centre including the Abbey House Museum offering an interactive experience of Victorian Leeds with recreated Victorian inns, shops and lots of opportunity to dress up. Just across the road from Abbey House sits the free entry ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, once a mighty Cistercian Abbey in the North, founded in 1152.
Don’t miss a visit to Armley Mills – Leeds Industrial Museum along the Leeds Liverpool Canal with 1920s working cinema and fascinating exhibits exploring the history of the Leeds clothing industry housed within what was once the largest woollen mill in the world! Just 4 miles outside the city sits one of England’s great country houses – Temple Newsam, whilst 7 miles to the north you’ll find spectacular Harewood House, Yorkshire’s great 18th Century stately home estate covering over 100 acres. Cover and discover the delights of Leeds for yourself, and book online with Iknow.