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Culture of Leeds. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Kirkstall Abbey Located near the city center Leeds Town Hall is the symbol and pride of Leeds. Eye-catching building, which is a monument to Victorian era, has finely preserved over time. Next to Town Hall there is Leeds Art Gallery with wide collection of 20th century arts. Near the city center famous Kirkstall Abbey is also located. It mostly lies in ruins, yet tourists like to visit an old castle and walk around beautiful park.
Leeds is an excellent choice for tourists who like to rest on open air or participate in various sport activities. City offers multiple attractive parks, gardens, playgrounds and sports … Open
Abbey was built on the bank of the River Aire. Abbey's park was recently set to public, so everyone can walk through scenic landscape or hold a picnic under ancient trees. Tourists who want to learn more about Leeds history may visit Abbey's museum. It is very different from usual historic sites.
On the first floor various city models are located. They recreate the look and feel of old city streets, shops, taverns and landmarks including Abbey itself; visit to the spectacular exhibition would be a fun and exciting event. In spacious rooms on the second floor the collection of historical items is exhibited. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
1. The city has excellent public transport system. Buses cruise around the streets from 6:00 am to 8:00-9:00 pm. Travelers who expect to use services of public transport actively, have to … Open
Leeds is the world-known industrial city. Back in the 19th century it was the biggest supplier of gearwheels in the world. Leeds became famous after Armley Mills factory that has opened in 1805. Factory buildings have been closed in 1969; they were re-opened in 1982 as museum. Today Armley Mills Museum represents the large collection of exhibits illustrating the history of city industry.
Leeds Met Among exhibits there are textile pieces, old engines and even locomotives collection. Temple Newsam mansion is one of the most celebrated architectural landmarks of the city. The construction of Temple Newsam had begun in 1521, but it has been finished only in the late 18th century. It keeps collection of antique furniture and decorations, fine paintings and sculptures. Garden of Temple Newsam is one of the most popular places to rest amongst citizens and tourists. Yorkshire Dales National Park is the most famous natural landmark of Leeds. It offers variety of interesting excursions for its guests.
Leeds offers a wide choice of shopping centers and markets, as well as small specialized stores selling interesting goods. A beautiful modern building with a glazed roof houses Trinity Leeds … Open
As for concert halls and theaters where you can have a great time watching wonderful performances, there are several ones in Leeds: City Varieties Music Hall mainly hosts music concerts and its atmosphere is strikingly chic. Leeds Grand Theatre's interior is decorated more like a palace. Here you can enjoy theater performances, opera, and listen to chamber music concerts. Carriageworks Theater is also interesting from an architectural point of view, and as for the cultural program, it's worth noting that it is especially good for visitors with kids.
Leeds City Hall Just like some museums - for example, the Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine or Leeds Discovery Centre, where tourists can learn a lot of interesting information about the world around them through interactive exhibits. For those wishing to explore the military history of the whole world, it is worth highlighting the Royal Armouries Museum. Particularly impressive is its building's interior, thanks to which no exhibit can be missed. The collection includes weapons and armor - everything that, in one way or another, is associated with the war. The Thackray Medical Museum introduces visitors to the history of medicine. Its most valuable collection is an exposition dedicated to diseases that have claimed the lives of hundreds of people.
Leeds is a city located in the valley of the Aire River. This is one of the largest cities of England. London is located not far away from Leeds, so such an advantageous location makes it … Open
The Leeds City Museum is dedicated to the history of the city and the region. However, among its exhibits, one can also find a collection dedicated to world history. The museum is completely free of charge, and its special feature is a special playground for kids. Besides the beautiful collection, the museum building is attractive with its outstanding architecture. It was built back in 1813 in the Neo-Baroque style and restored only once - after 1941, because many exhibits and the building itself were damaged during the bombing. Leeds Art Gallery will appeal to those wishing to admire some beautiful works of fine and sculptural art, and the M&S Company Archive would be a real find for retro enthusiasts: here they can find everything related to the 1950s and 1960s. Connoisseurs of contemporary art should head to The Tetley Art Gallery.
When it comes to wonderful architectural creations, it must be said that Leeds boasts many interesting buildings striking with their exteriors. For example, Harewood House built in 1771 in Palladian style. The architects were John Carr and Robert Adam. The estate is still owned by the Earls of Harewood who once made big money in slave-trading. The building's exterior is as magnificent as its interior decoration, not to mention a beautiful garden, along which you should definitely take a walk. It should be borne in mind that only two floors are open to the public, while the upper floor is private. Before going on a tour, take care of booking tickets in advance.
The selection of gaming and entertainment centers in Leeds is simply amazing. Among them, suitable centers can be selected for children of all age. Those who prefer family trips to the … Open
Leeds Corn Exchange, a beautiful historic monument, is another place for tourists looking for a pleasant sightseeing experience in the city. Today, the Victorian building erected in 1864 according to Cuthbert Brodrick's design is nothing but the Royal Albert Hall (the exchange was converted into it in the 1980s). It's also worth exploring Leeds Minster, a building that can be seen from anywhere in the city. Originally, the church was erected here in the 7th century AD, but later survived two fires: one took place in the 14th century, the other in the 19th. The building was rebuilt after both, and the last time was recreated in the neo-Gothic style. The architect was Robert Chantrell.
Wrangthorn Church (St Augustine), Hyde Park Corner, Leeds Connoisseurs of modern architecture will love the First Direct Arena, which opened in 2013 with the help of Sir Elton John. Many celebrities performed in the arena in the same year. However, today you can see many familiar names on the posters of upcoming events - both athletes and musicians. The exterior and interior's design was developed by Populous Company. It built a unique creation that now delights the eyes of locals and foreigners visiting Leeds. Many tourists will recognize the Tardis - a fictional time machine from the British TV series “Doctor Who” - in the “Police Box” monument. It is worth noting that this sculpture is an object of pilgrimage for many fans of the British show so it should never be missed.
Leeds is one of the five biggest cities of Great Britain. It attract tourist not only with unique landmarks, but also with excellent restaurants. Stylish All Bar One restaurant offers its … Open
A kind of “hidden gem” of Leeds is Braythorne Bees - The Honey House with its pastoral atmosphere and spectacular views. Many people come here not only for lunch (the house itself is a cafe) but also for exploring the local culture and cuisine. Here you'll find a souvenir shop that should be checked out so that only the most pleasant memories remain of a wonderful time in Leeds. Lawnswood Cemetery is another place to admire works of art, that is, tombstones. It is worth noting the extraordinary serenity, for which many people go to the cemetery, not to one of the parks. Nevertheless, all parks are worthy of a visit in Leeds.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion, activities or city discovery tours over Leeds and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Leeds and surroundings

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What to visit during two-day excursion in Leeds

Leeds Tropical World
Where: Princes’ Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds; Telephone: +44 (0)113 266 1850;
Turk’s Head Yard
Where: Off Briggate, Leeds;
Harewood House
Where: Harewood Estate, Harewood, Leeds; Telephone: +44 (0)113 218 1010;
The Royal Armouries
Where: Armouries Drive, Leeds; Telephone: +44 (0)113 220 1999;
Temple Newsam
Telephone: +44 (0)113 264 5535;
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Leeds
♥   Palace 'Harewood House' , 11.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Bishopthorpe Palace' , 33 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Castle Howard' , 55.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Chatsworth House' , 63.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Leeds and around
♥   Art museum 'Leeds Art Gallery' Leeds, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Royal Armouries Museum' Leeds, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Temple Newsam' Leeds, 5.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Hepworth Gallery' Wakefield, 14 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Yorkshire Sculpture Park' Wakefield, 20.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Leeds
♥   Church of St. Wilfrid, York, 35.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Church of St. George, York, 35.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Former Cathedral of St. Peter, York, 35.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral Church of St. Marie, Sheffield, 46.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Leeds

Culture guide to Leeds. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Leeds: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Leeds. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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