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.
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:
Good Fri-Nov: State Rooms daily 12pm-3pm; Main gardens daily 10am-6pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)
The last bell tolls at midnight Dec 2012 - Dec 2013 (annual)
House: daily 11am-4pm (last admission)
Garden: daily from 10am-4.30pm (dusk in winter) Mar - Oct 2013 (various dates)
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)
Tue-Sat 11am-5pm Mar - Oct 2013; not Mon or Sun (annual)
What's on in Leeds:
03/08/2014 to 10/12/2014
03/08/2015 to 10/12/2015
03/11/2014 to 20/11/2014
05/11/2014 to 05/11/2014
10/11/2014 to 10/11/2014
17/11/2014 to 19/11/2014
09/11/2014 to 12/11/2014