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Royal Armouries, Leeds

Book a Leeds hotel and discover the attractions of Yorkshire’s dynamic cosmopolitan powerhouse. It’s no longer exclusively the home of flat caps and whippets; instead you’ll find everything from ruined abbeys to prestigious modern art galleries.

Historic Leeds

You can see costumed knights unseated during jousting bouts at the Royal Armouries’ inventively presented collection of arms and armour. There are guided tours of the idyllic 12th-century Kirkstall Abbey, one of the most peaceful and best preserved Cistercian monastic sites in the UK.

Art and museums in Leeds

Peer through the holes of Henry Moore sculptures at the Leeds Art Gallery, home to the best collection of British 20th-century art outside of London. The Thackray Museum on Beckett Street will have adults wincing and kids mesmerised by its displays of Victorian pre-anaesthetic surgery.

Quirky things to do in Leeds

Train buffs ride 100-year-old steam engines at one of the world’s oldest working lines at Middleton Railway. Leave your Leeds hotel to experience the Amazon rainforest at Tropical World where exotic fish, plants and butterflies compete to catch the eye.

Events in Leeds

The Leeds Shakespeare Festival in July/August holds open-air performances by the British Shakespeare Company in the inspiring setting of Kirkstall Abbey cloisters. The German-themed Christmas Market in Millennium Square attracts oompah-loving visitors eager to swap their parkin for bratwurst and their Tetley for bier in the re-created Frankfurt bierkeller.

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Attractions in Leeds:

Harewood House

Opening times:
Good Fri-Nov: State Rooms daily 12pm-3pm; Main gardens daily 10am-6pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

Tolling the Devil's Knell

Opening times:
The last bell tolls at midnight Dec 2012 - Dec 2013 (annual)

A Day at York Races

Opening times:
May - Oct 2013 (annual)

The Atlas fountain at Castle Howard, York. Courtesy of Castle Howard
Castle Howard

Opening times:
House: daily 11am-4pm (last admission)
Garden: daily from 10am-4.30pm (dusk in winter) Mar - Oct 2013 (various dates)

Heaton Hall and Park

Opening times:
Thu-Sun & bank holidays 11am-5pm Apr - Aug 2013; Thu, Fri, Sat, and Sun only (annual)

What's on in Leeds:

Northern Art Prize

Dates Open:
01/05/2015 to 31/08/2015
01/05/2014 to 31/08/2014

Leeds International Concert Season

Dates Open:
03/08/2014 to 10/12/2014

Summer Bands in Leeds Parks

Dates Open:
18/05/2015 to 13/09/2015
18/05/2014 to 13/09/2014

I Love South Leeds Junior Superstar 2010 winners. Courtesy of Leeds City Council
I Love South Leeds Festival

Dates Open:
01/06/2014 to 30/08/2014
01/06/2015 to 30/08/2015

Twenty20 Cup: Yorkshire Carnegie

Dates Open:
15/06/2014 to 25/08/2014
15/06/2015 to 25/08/2015

Leeds Carnival

Dates Open:
24/08/2014 to 27/08/2014

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