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7 best things to do in Leeds, England

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Situated on the south bank of the River Aire, Leeds is a thriving city with a phenomenal range of places to visit. Whatever your interests, from fascinating museums to incredible art galleries, you’ll find plenty to explore here. Read on to discover our pick of the best things to do in Leeds!

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Top 7 things to do in Leeds – Best places to visit

Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum has six galleries and houses outstanding collections of archaeological objects. Discover buried archaeological treasures, learn more about the history of Leeds, learn about the effects of climate change on nature, see the amazing skeleton of Moa which was once one of the largest birds on Earth and explore over 6000 Asian objects.

Address: Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH, United Kingdom

Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery has an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art. At the entrance is a wall painting The cage, a fascinating artwork by Lothar Götz. Plus, you’ll see The Ziff Gallery featuring Victorian art, portraits that offer a glimpse into historic moments, an outstanding collection of sculptures, abstract paintings from the postwar years and beyond, and paintings by John Tunnard. Worth a visit!

Address: The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA, United Kingdom

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Tropical world

Tropical world
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Outside of Kew Gardens, Tropical World has the largest collections of tropical plants and animals in the UK. The zoo offers a fun day out for the whole family! Come face-to-face with butterfly pupae, clownfish, meerkats, pygmy marmosets (the world’s smallest monkey), snakes, and lizards. If you’re feeling peckish after exploring, stop by the Tropical Lookout for a slice of stone-baked pizza with delicious toppings.

Address: Princes Ave, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 2ER, United Kingdom

Royal Armories Museum

Royal Armories Museum
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The Royal Armories Museum features weapons from over 5,000 years of history, including the armor of Henry VIII. Spread over five floors, the museum displays over 4,500 objects. Some of the highlights are Henry VIII’s foot combat armor made in 1520, elephant armor and tusk sword, and the “pulse rifle” from the 1986 film Aliens. History buffs will love this!

Address: Armories Dr, Leeds LS10 1LT, UK

Abbey house museum

Abbey house museum

Stroll through Victorian Leeds and explore nostalgic streets, shops and galleries. Visit Stephen Harding Gate, the Victorian drinking house Hark to Rover Inn and the Childhood Galleries with a collection of toys, games and dolls. Without a doubt, the Abbey House Museum is one of the best attractions for children in Leeds.

Address: Abbey Walk, Abbey Rd, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH, United Kingdom

The Henry Moore Institute

The Henry Moore Institute
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The Henry Moore Institute boasts one of the largest sculpture galleries in Europe. It has a research library and an archive of sculptors’ papers. The fascinating institute also features temporary exhibitions by artists such as Michael E. Smith, Rebecca Fortnum: Les Praticiennes and Egon Altdorf. This place is an art lover’s dream!

Address: 74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH, United Kingdom

Harwood house

Harwood house

Harewood House is home to some of the best art collections in England and has lush gardens, an on-site café and a lake. It is famous for its interiors by Robert Adam and wonderful paintings by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), Joshua Reynolds and JMW Turner. To get the best Harewood experience, take a public guided tour or a private tour with a focus on a topic of your choice.

Address: Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG, United Kingdom


Where is Leeds located?

Leeds is located in West Yorkshire along the River Aire.

How do I spend a day in Leeds?

Visit these attractions:

  • Leeds City Museum;

  • Leeds Art Gallery;

  • Tropical world;

  • Royal Armories Museum;

  • Abbey House Museum;

  • The Henry Moore Institute;

  • Harwood house.

How much time should I spend in Leeds?

3 – 4 days.

Will Harewood House Bird Garden close?

Yes, Harewood House Bird Garden is closed.

What else to visit in Leeds, England?

  • Hyde Park Picture House;

  • Street Art Trail;

  • Roundhay Park;

  • Newsam Temple;

  • Kirkstall Abbey.

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