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Five of the best historical attractions in Leeds

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Although one of the most modern and multicultural cities in England, Leeds is also one of the most historical, and prides itself with a wealth of museums to celebrate the life and times of the city.

Having researched so many offerings, here are the top five museums and historical places of interest in Leeds:

Leeds Museum

Leeds Museum

Located right in the city centre, just to the side of Millennium Square, Leeds Museum is completely free to all visitors.

Including a tour around a working class Victorian kitchen, the museum has hundreds of exhibits on display before you even get to the renowned Leeds Art Gallery, which includes works by Henry Morland, Stanley Spencer and Henry Spencer Moore.

Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam

Quite possibly one of the most fascinating buildings in the whole of Leeds, Temple Newsam actually features in the Domesday Book and was once owned by none of than the Knights Templar during its rich history.

Found just to the east of Leeds city centre, the Tudor-Jacobean mansion boasts over 40 restored rooms to view alongside a host of beautiful gardens for visitors to stroll around and enjoy.

Entry is free and there are numerous public transport links to the grounds.

Armley Mills Industrial Museum

Armley Mills Industrial Museum

Once the world’s largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time in engross themselves in textile machinery, railway equipment and heavy engineering.

Found just to the west of Leeds, near Burley Park, the museum throws visitors into the working conditions of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Thackray Medical Museum

Thackray Medical Museum

Offering you the chance to take a tour of the streets as they were in 1842, the Thackray Medical Museum explores in great detail the life and times of 19th century Leeds.

Aside from the primary tour, the museum also explores gruesome subjects in its exhibits which includes the likes of ‘Disease in Retreat’, ‘Pain, Pus and Blood’, and ‘Having a Baby.’

Although Leeds does play host to many free museums, entry to the Thackray Medical Museum is £7 for adults and £5 for children up to the age of 16. Despite the entry fee, the small cost of entry is well worth it.

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Harewood House Celebrates Father’s Day with Yorkshire Post Classic Car & Motor Show

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Car & Motor Show

For those searching for something a little different this Father’s Day, you may be pleased to know that Harewood House is playing host to a classic car and motor show organised by Leeds’ own Yorkshire Post.

Besides an array of classic, sports and modified vehicles, the James Dylan Motorcycle Stunt Team and the Company of Horsemen Wild West and Cossack Trick Riding Team shall also be making appearances at the event.

Harewood House itself is often considered to be one of the jewels of Yorkshire, with it being a member of the Treasure Houses of England – making it one of ten foremost historic homes in the country.

What’s more, if you book tickets before the day itself, you can get 10% off, and they also include entry to Harewood’s grounds and gardens.

About Harewood House

Built from 1759 to 1711 for Edwin Lascelles and his family, the house offers great interest to those who enjoy history and architecture.

Additionally, the award winning grounds are some of the most celebrated in Europe and include Harewood Castle, the Lakeside Garden and for the children, an adventure playground.

Other events

If your Dad happens to be a Leeds UTD fan, there is to be a Father’s Day Lunch taking place at Elland Road on Sunday 15 June. For just £23 per person, your Dad can enjoy a three course meal alongside a tour of the stadium.

Besides this, the Royal Armories is also hosting a variety of events throughout the day, including a special Father’s Day Joust, Falconry, ‘Have a Go Sword’ sessions and sticking to the topic of motoring – a vintage bus display.

Of course, if your Father is a bit of a foodie and wants nothing more than to relax in the company of his family, Leeds-List has published this fantastic article discussing the top ten restaurants that are open for business this father’s day.

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Three of the best Vegetarian Restaurants in Leeds

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014


It is no secret that Leeds is one of the best cities in the North of England for restaurants and bars. With just over 100 settings to choose from within the centre alone, there is a plethora of dining options based right within the city centre itself.

For those who happen to be vegetarian, there are also a great number of delights ready for people with such diets, and here are the best restaurants for them:

Hansa’s Gujarati Vegetarian Cuisine Restaurant

Vegetarian food

Found to the north of the city centre, Hansa’s Restaurant celebrates the finest Indian vegetarian cuisine from Gujarati, an area located on the western coast of India.

The unique menu consists of a speciality of starters (Sharuaat), vegetable curries (Lilotri), and beans or pulse curries (Kathor), alongside delicious sweets (Mistaan).

Additionally, the restaurant has won a variety of awards including those from The Observer, Yorkshire Life Magazine, BBC Good Food Guide and If you are interested in giving a gift for a birthday, you can also purchase gift vouchers directly from the restaurant.

Roots and Fruits Vegetarian Café

Roots and Fruits

Located just above the Headrow, Roots and Fruits Vegetarian Café is one of the longest established businesses located within The Grand Arcade and has been serving vegetarian food since 1989.

Having just gone under renovation, the café has been given a new lease of life and now includes food for vegan diets. Additionally, the café also uses locally sourced produce as well as a variety of fair trade dishes.

For those wishing to enjoy alcohol, they are free to bring their own beverages for a small corkage fee.

Global Tribe Café

Lentil soup

Besides offering mouth-watering food, the café also plays host to a variety of activities including spiritual and meditation workshops, where folks are invited to “learn and explore meditation practices and the effects it can have on your life.”

If you want a full glimpse into life at Global Tribe, have a look at its Facebook page, where you can see a full view of what’s on offer every single day.

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