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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:

Tolling the Devil's Knell

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

Manchester City FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Mr Straw's House

Opening times:
Tue-Sat 11am-5pm Mar - Oct 2013; not Mon or Sun (annual)

What's on in Leeds:

Northern Art Prize

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

Leeds Marathon
Leeds Half Marathon

Dates Open:
13/05/2014 to 13/05/2014

Summer Bands in Leeds Parks

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

Gawthorpe Maypole Procession

Dates Open:
03/05/2014 to 03/05/2014

Bradford Film Festival

Dates Open:
19/04/2014 to 29/04/2014

Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Dates Open:
26/04/2014 to 29/04/2014

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