Leeds is rich in culture and heritage and offers unrivalled visitor attractions and experiences.
With beautiful exhibition galleries, an active research programme and collections including sculpture, archive and library, the Institute draws a wide audience from members of the public to academics and artists.
Within 500 acres of 18th century parkland, it is an international centre for modern and contemporary art, that sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight.
There is something for everyone here. You will find traditional prints, watercolours, paintings and sculptures as well as some of the most outstanding works of British Art outside of London
Culture and Theatre
Recently refurbished and recognised as a premier centre of entertainment and culture, it is home to Opera North and frequently scores hits with West End and Broadway musicals, attracting the biggest names in showbusiness. The City Varities theatre has also recently been refurbished and is one of the oldest in the country still in operation.
Having established a reputation both nationally and internationally as one of Britain's most exciting producing theatres, it produces a wide range of work, from classic British and European drama to new writing, as well as presenting some of the best in touring theatre productions.
An exciting new community theatre in Leeds. Hosting a vibrant mix of plays, musicals, film, community events, youth theatre and workshops.
Leeds Arena brings live entertainment to life in a way never experienced in the UK before and will host over 140 events a year, such as pop and rock concerts, boxing, wrestling, darts, dance ice shows, comedy shows, basketball and family entertainment. Opened in August 2013 in Leeds city centre, the 13,500 capacity Leeds Arena is the United Kingdom’s first purpose built ‘fan-shape’ arena and has an iconic external design that can change appearance through an ever changing kaleidoscope of coloured lights.
Recently refurbished and a stalwart of the last 20 years, City Varieties has established an unrivalled reputation for presenting the very best in live music, variety and comedy as well as hugely popular annual pantomimes which have enteretained Leeds' families for generations.
Exhibits dating from the 18th and 19th centuries show the history of textiles, clothing and engine and locomotive manufacture in the area. The museum also illustrates the history of cinema projections, including the first moving pictures taken in Leeds.
Home to the Queen's cousin, the Earl of Harewood, and provides a wonderful day out for all the family. The House, with its outstanding art collections, splendid State Rooms and fascinating exhibitions, is set in spectacular grounds, which include formal gardens and gentle woodland walks.
Retaining all the character of an Edwardian country home, rich in collections of paintings, furniture, sculpture, silver, china, costume and oriental art.
One of the great historic estates in England. Set within over 1500 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland, the mansion houses rich collections of works of art and the garden is renowned for its Rare Breeds Farm, with over 400 animals.
Displaying some of Britain's oldest armour and military equipment, the Royal Armouries also houses interactive exhibitions of international artefacts and includes live dramatisations, including regular outdoor jousting, horse combat and falconry demonstrations.
Telling the story of medicine and explaining how advances in this field have changed our lives, this is a fantastic day out, transporting you into a living experience of health and medicine, past, present and future.
Visit Leeds City Museum and come face-to-face with the Leeds Tiger, step into 'Ancient Worlds' and see the final resting place of the Leeds Mummy and even dig for fossils in the 'Life on Earth' gallery.