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Cultural Attractions in Leeds

Kirkstall Abbey - cultural attractions in Leeds
Kirkstall Abbey

We are blessed with a wide variety of cultural attractions in Leeds. Here are some of our favourites:

You can visit http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries for more information of these cultural attractions.


The Henry Moore Institute is a world-recognised centre for the study of sculpture in the heart of Leeds. An award-winning exhibitions venue, library and sculpture archive, the Institute hosts a year-round programme of exhibitions. This beautiful building offers a lovely afternoon to get lost in the beautiful sculpture. Set in a beautiful part of Leeds, you can walk outside and enjoy the surrounding architecture.


In close proximity to the Leeds City Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute, the City Museum would be great as part of a cultural afternoon! Experience a world of discovery, with 4 floors of interactive and exciting galleries.. Come face-to-face with the Leeds tiger, step into Ancient Worlds to meet Nesyamun, the Leeds mummy and dig for fossils in the Life on Earth gallery.


Leeds Art Gallery is a lively gallery in the heart of Leeds on The Headrow in Leeds’ Cultural Quarter. Offering displays of Leeds’ stunning collections as well as a dynamic programme of changing exhibitions, the Gallery is an innovative and exciting place to visit for people of all ages. With spaces to explore, shop, eat and drink and relax this is a great place to explore the selection of twentieth century British art.


Kirkstall Abbey is one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain.  Set in wonderful parkland along the banks of the River Aire, Kirkstall Abbey boasts historic architecture amid a haven of wildlife and greenery. There is also a Kirkstall Abbey Market once a month with crafts and local produce from around Yorkshire.


Located at Clarence Dock, the Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour. At the Leeds Museum there are over 8,500 objects on display in five galleries: War; Tournament; Oriental; Self Defence and Hunting. There is a newly refurbished Tournament Gallery where you can experience the might of Henry VIII –King and sportsman.


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