If you’re looking for the top ten must see Leeds Attractions, you have come to the right place. Join us whilst we explore some of Leeds top attractions, including famous landmarks like Briggate and Leeds Playhouse Expect everything from beautiful historic sites to exciting one of a kind adventures.
First up on our list of Leeds Attractions is Kirkstall Abbey, a gorgeous architectural masterpiece established over 800 years ago. Kirkstall Abbey is a popular tourist attraction, renowned for being ‘one of the most complete Cistercian monasteries in Britain’. The attraction is not only full of stunning historic ruins but complete with a park, woodlands, The River Aire and the Visitor Centre. Ideal for a fun-filled family day out.
The Henry Moore Institute
Next up we have the Henry Moore Institute, a gallery founded by Henry Moore himself who was tired of having no sculpture pieces in his entire home town and in addition claimed that ‘Leeds Art Gallery had nothing of value’. Thanks to Henry Moore, The Henry Moore Institute now has three sections for temporary exhibitions and is now one of Britain’s biggest sculpture galleries. An impressive turnaround from Leeds city.
If you’re wanting a day out in the fresh air exploring Leeds, Briggate is a fantastic area to do so. Within Briggate you’ll find a number of independent run shops such as boutique shops, novelty shops and designer shops. Although there are many shops to explore, Briggate is mostly well known for its shopping arcades and architecture that go back in time to around the 1800’s. A great place to explore if you’re into history and gorgeous architecture.
Next up we have Leeds Playhouse, a fantastic interactive theatre located in Leeds. Here you can experience unforgettable live performances with the choice of two stages and the choice of many different performances throughout the year including children friendly as well as adult friendly shows. Get involved in the many Leeds playhouse events, workshops and shows.
The Royal Armouries
Moving on we have The Royal Armouries, a spectacular museum specialising in a collection of arms and armours from around the UK. This Museum is free to visit meaning there’s no excuse to not explore this fantastic opportunity. It includes a range of five galleries around the museum with over 4,000 displayed objects and a live interactive presentation of how the armour and weapons were used years ago. A truly unique experience in Leeds.
Next up is the Tetley art gallery, established in 1822 and located on Hunslet Road Leeds. If you’re picturing the typical art gallery, white and modern you thought wrong. The Tetley art gallery is actually known for once being the headquarters of Tetley who was bought by the owners of Carlsberg. The stunning building still remains with gorgeous brickwork and unique decor. Inside you’ll find contemporary art exhibitions, workshops, events, a stunning bar (serving pints of Tetley’s) and a dining area to grab a bite. A great place to add to your Leeds Attractions list!
Located in City/Millenium Square is Leeds famous Civic Quarter, a recognised space in the city for its many famous statues and significant buildings. This includes the tall clock tower, Victoria Hall, Joseph Priestley’s church, the stunning town hall, as well as figures of the Black Prince and inventor James Watt. You can find lots of fun things to do here such as exploring the beautiful Leeds Art Gallery or take a visit to Millennium Square where you can enjoy theatre and performances as well as gorgeous nearby coffee shops. Ideal if you want to enjoy the fresh air on a summer’s day.
St. John the Evangelist’s Church
Next up we have the redundant Anglican church of St John the Evangelist which is located in the heart of Leeds. This church is known as the oldest church in Leeds, a great historic building of England. If you visit the church you will capture the stunning interior and calming presence. A great place to visit if you’re into religion and gorgeous historic buildings.
Leeds Corn Exchange
Finally we have Leeds Corn Exchange, a gorgeous historic Victorian building completed in 1864. Leeds Corn Exchange is well known for exploring the many independent shops and food shops inside the stunning building. However, you won’t find the expected shopping brands but instead an array of unique and creative shops run by creatives, collectors, craftspeople and cooks. The Corn Exchange is a truly one of a kind experience full of beautiful colour, a friendly atmosphere and a supportive community. A great day out when visiting Leeds attractions.
Overview of Leeds Attractions
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