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!
This beautiful Edwardian house offers loads of things to do – explore the 12th century chapel, or discover the famed Fashion Galleries, which showcase an ever-changing array of clothes and accessories from days gone by. The gardens are also well worth a visit, with eight acres to explore – including bird gardens, nature trails, and a children’s play area.
Leeds Art Gallery
In the heart of the city, Leeds Art Gallery combines the modern and contemporary with one of the best collections of 20th-century British art outside London. Take a few hours to experience everything the gallery has to offer – you won’t regret it.
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!
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.
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!