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What to see in Leeds

Leeds Attractions


For shopaholics Leeds is pure paradise, its retail areas like the Victoria Quarter, Corn Exchange, Headrow Centre and Leeds Shopping Plaza packed with top-quality, big-name stores. With development ongoing, shopping opportunities are continually getting bigger and better.

For culture-vultures, Leeds offers major national and international theatre, dance, opera and music events in a variety of top-class venues, as well as a major art gallery housing an important collection of traditional and contemporary British art.

Among the city's dozens of museums there is the intriguing Thackray, offering a vivid insight into Victorian medical practices; the Amley Mills, housed in an old woollen mill and demonstrating industrial and railway history; and the Royal Armouries, the oldest museum in the UK, containing a fascinating collection of ancient weaponry and torture instruments.

Plenty to do and see means there is never a dull moment in Leeds, and at night the action shifts to the hundreds of pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Some of the live band venues, like The Cockpit, Joseph's Well and The Wardrobe, are internationally renowned. Leeds is also recognised as one of the UK's clubbing capitals.


Abbey House Museum

The entertaining Abbey House Museum is contained in the gatehouse of the picturesque, ruined Kirkstall Abbey, dating…

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Armley Mills Industrial Museum

The Armley Mills Industrial Museum was a working cloth mill until 1969, when the City Council turned it into an award-winning…

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Leeds Art Gallery

In the heart of the city, the Leeds Art Gallery offers a feast for art lovers, its collections covering everything from…

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Royal Armouries Museum

This fun, lively museum contains six themed galleries (covering War, Tournaments, Self-Defence, Hunting, Oriental Weaponry…

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Thackray Museum

There is surely no more interesting day out in Leeds than a visit to the Thackray Museum, which tells the story of medical…

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