Leeds offers an irresistible mix of things to do both old and new: an ancient city rooted in Yorkshire and a thriving, modern metropolis with markets, plenty of sport, culture and regular festivals.
The Hyde Park Picture House
This Edwardian cinema is one of only a handful of its kind in the country and still features the original gas lighting fixtures and period balcony. It’s so small you’d be forgiven for not realising it’s a working cinema from the outside – no wonder it’s called the cosiest cinema in Leeds.
One of Leeds’ top attractions, this grand old Victorian theatre hosts a wide variety of performances, from comedy to classics and new productions – not to mention live music. Leeds boasts its own repertory theatre, ballet and opera companies, so the Grand is a good place to catch a production from the Northern Ballet or Opera North – or you can take in a touring West End production.
Breathtaking architecture and lush green gardens await at Kirkstall Abbey – one of the best-preserved abbeys of its kind in the country. There’s a visitors centre on-hand and it’s free to enter. Take a picnic, browse the shop and try to take in one of the monthly markets.
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This Leeds attraction claims to have the biggest collection of tropical plants and animals outside Kew Gardens, so there is plenty of flora and fauna for both children and adults to enjoy. Situated in Roundhay Park and boasts wildlife as exotic and diverse as crocodiles, terrapins, butterflies and - everyone’s favourite - meerkats.
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Named the best new arena in the world for its innovative shape and acoustics, this vast indoor auditorium is one of the Leeds’ top attractions. Trains to Leeds bring thousands of tourists to see some of the biggest names in music, comedy and events. 2015 attractions include Paul Weller, Pharrell Williams, Bill Bailey and the wrestling stars of the WWE.
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The 250 year old steam engine railway is a treat for kids and train enthusiasts alike. If you're neither just sit back, enjoy the ride and watch the world go by.
Temple Newsam Estate
Is chock full of fascinating detail in every nook and cranny. We could spend hours devouring the Chinese drawing room alone.
A regal building with interiors and furnishings that are as stately as they intriguing. Complete with historic artefacts, sumptuous fabrics, romantic landscaped walks and an exotic bird garden. Please visit Harewood House for more details.
Our guide to some of the cities top places to visit if you have arrived on one of our trains to Leeds and are in search of some culture.
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
A hidden gem at the heart of the University of Leeds campus, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery offers both innovative temporary exhibitions and displays treasures from the University Art Collection. Entrance is free. Visit the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery website.
Leeds Art Gallery
Houses some of the most outstanding works of British art outside London. From Victorian heavy-weights to stunning sculpture.
Armley Mills Industrial Museum
See how Leeds became an industrial powerhouse with the engineering exhibits, then see the world's first moving pictures filmed on Leeds bridge.
Is packed with stuff to entertain; whether it be a rainy day in Leeds or not, you still won't want to go outside.Buy tickets