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Widen your horizons with the best museums and galleries in Leeds

Looking for some cultural highlights? Leeds has got you covered, with tons of stunning museums and galleries within the city - or venture further afield and discover everything Yorkshire has to offer those in search of a little learning!

From historical halls to modern art

Leeds Art Gallery

Showcasing an array of paintings, sculptures and new media by renowned artists, Leeds Art Gallery is home to one of the best collections of 20th-century British art outside London. The lower galleries house a collection of Victorian art and sculptures of national importance from artists such as Damien Hirst and Barbara Hepworth. The upper galleries contain contemporary works as well as changing displays and exhibitions.

10 minutes walk from the Queens 

Visit the Leeds Art Gallery site

Leeds City Museum

For a fun, free, family friendly day out, look no further than Leeds City Museum. With four floors full of interactive exhibits and exciting galleries, a changing programme of exhibitions and plenty to do, this is a fab place to spend the better part of a day once you’ve shopped til you could drop! 

10 minutes walk from the Queens

Visit the Leeds City Museum site

Kirkstall Abbey

An impressive Leeds landmark, Kirkstall Abbey is a weekend institution, and the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll through 24 hectares of grounds. When you're done having a wander, enjoy a picnic on the grass, or explore the hidden nooks and crannies of the Abbey ruins - all for free! The grounds also host regular farmers' markets, open cinema events, and Christmas fairs.

15 minutes drive from the Queens

Visit the Kirkstall Abbey site

Thackray Medical Museum

Currently undergoing a £4m refurbishment and reopening in summer 2020, Thackray Medical Museum is truly unique! Exploring the (often gruesome) history of medicine, from a recreation of a Victorian slum to interactive games, it's a great day out if you have children, but still informative and interesting for medically-minded adults! 

10 minutes drive from the Queens

View the Thackray Medical Museum site

Abbey House Museum

Step back in time and experience life as a Victorian at Abbey House Museum, located just 3 miles outside Leeds city centre. Wander through authentically recreated streets, shops and houses to get a taster of 19th-century life. With its bustling cafe and themed school holiday activities, Abbey House Museum is a perfect family-friendly day out.

Bus numbers 33, 34 and 757 from Leeds stop outside Kirkstall Abbey, where Abbey House Museum is situated.

Learn more here.

The Street Art Trail

Leeds has a rich street art history with striking landmarks such as the Mabgate Mural dating back decades. There’s no better way to get your bearings around the city than following the Street Art Trail, taking you past murals old and new, hidden and noteworthy. With an ever-growing collection of art popping up on Leeds’ streets, you never know when you’ll stumble across unique and awe-inspiring designs.

To map the Street Art Trail, click here.

If you are planning a sightseeing cultural trip to Leeds, The Queens Hotel makes the perfect base close to city centre and main transport links.

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