A city at the heart of art!
The city of Leeds has played host to the greats, from Charlie Chaplin to Judi Dench, and Sybil Thorndike to Harry Houdini.
Brontë Parsonage Museum
Set in the picturesque village of Haworth against the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire moors, the Brontë Parsonage Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Brontë furniture, clothes and personal possessions.
Carriageworks Theatre is located the Electric Press building. The venue has two unique performance spaces showcasing work by local artists as well as being the most family friendly performance venue in the city.
City Varieties Music Hall
City Varieties Music Hall 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 entertained Leeds’ families for generations.
Cottage Road Cinema
The Cottage Road Cinema is the oldest cinema in Leeds and one of the oldest cinemas in the UK in that it has been continuously showing films since 1912, with competitive prices and special classic performances.
Seven miles out of Leeds stands Harewood House. Built by Robert Adam in the 18th century, and furnished by Thomas Chippendale, the estate has art collections to rival the finest in the land and is set in a beautiful landscape.
Henry Moore Institute
An award-winning exhibitions venue, research centre, library and sculpture archive, the Henry Moore Institute hosts a year-round programme of exhibitions, conferences and lectures, as well as developing research and publications.
Howard Assembly Room
The Howard Assembly Room has welcomed thousands of guests to hundreds of ticketed events, and has firmly established itself as one of Yorkshire’s most important centres for progressive and diverse musical performances.
Hyde Park Picture House
The Hyde Park Picture House is open every day and screens a wide variety of films, with a focus on specialised cinema, including independent, art house, classic and foreign language. It opened way back in 1914.
Jackrabbits is a family and buggy-friendly studio for adults and children of all abilities to explore their creative sides. They have a wide selection of pottery items to choose from and you don’t have to be an artist to produce a masterpiece!
One of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain. Set in wonderful parkland along the banks of the River Aire, Kirkstall Abbey boasts historic architecture amid a haven of wildlife and greenery.
Leeds Art Gallery
Stroll around the Gallery’s collections of paintings and sculptures and be amazed by outstanding art by exciting artists. Enjoy tea and refreshments in the Tiled Hall Café or ‘Brew’ bar and buy inspirational books and gifts.
Leeds City Museum
Explore four floors of interactive and exciting galleries. Come face-to-face with the Leeds tiger, step into Ancient Worlds to meet Nesyamun, the Leeds mummy and dig for fossils in the Life on Earth gallery.
Leeds College of Music
Leeds College of Music is well known for the quality of its musicians and their performances, but to create a space of equal calibre the conservatoire invested heavily in their facilities, creating two of the best event spaces in Leeds.
Leeds Cultural Curry Festival
Millennium Square is split into a curry lovers paradise with various stalls offering curries from around the world as well as arts, crafts and entertainment. Celebrity chefs also demonstrate their culinary skills in the chefs demo area.
With the most revered artists from across the globe playing each year across the August Bank Holiday weekend at Bramham Park, leeds Festival is a genuine rite of passage for discerning music lovers everywhere.
Leeds Gallery is an independent commercial art gallery in Leeds, specialising in photography, illustration and fine art. With a focus that is both local and national, the gallery’s aim is to support local arts and culture.
Leeds Grand Theatre
Situated in the heart of Leeds, the Grand Theatre offers a wide programme from musicals to stand-up, opera to drama and ballet to family shows, there’s something for all tastes and interests. Tours of the theatre are available.
Leeds International Film Festival
It may not carry the reputable weight of some of the world’s larger, more exotically located, showcases, but Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) is England’s largest outside of London, boasting a multifarious annual selection.
walk around Leeds Minster and soak up the atmosphere of a building rich in history and heritage. Visitors can light a votive candle, listen to the famous organ and round it all off with an enjoyable light lunch in the Refectory.
Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Town Hall is an iconic building that opened in 1858. The venue hosts a vibrant programme of orchestral concerts, gigs, comedy shows, educational events, tours, ﬁlm screenings and even a beer festival!
Light Night Leeds is an annual multi-arts and light festival which takes place one Friday night in October at multiple venues across the city. It’s a celebratory night for the thriving creative activity taking place all year round.
A charming Edwardian house and country estate. There is something for everyone to enjoy here; from the country house to the bird garden, the gardens and exhibitions, the shop and stables to the woodland walks and playgrounds.
O2 Academy Leeds
O2 Academy Leeds is a concert venue, nightclub, event space and sports venue. Its launch was one of the most exciting and ambitious projects, converting the listed building back to its magnificent theatre style format.
A vibrant, lively organisation which actively challenges conventional perceptions of opera. Breathing new life into the classics, the company is also a strong advocate of lesser-known works and a champion of musical theatre.
Roundhay Park covers over 700 acres of parkland, lakes and woodland and is one of the largest urban parks in the world. The Park has national plant collections, canal gardens, the Monet and Alhambra gardens, plus Tropical World.
Seven is an independent arts space in Chapel Allerton, the aim is to deliver and enable high quality arts activity. The space is small but versatile, providing a 100 seat venue for film, theatre, dance, music, words and comedy.
Slung Low’s aim is to make unlikely, ambitious and original adventures for audiences, each with powerful, moving story at its heart. The company’s shows re-examine how audiences go and see a piece of theatre.
St John’s Church
The oldest church in Leeds city centre. St John’s was built in 1632-34, a turbulent time when very few new churches were constructed. The glory of the church lies in its magnificent Jacobean fittings, and superb carved wooden screen.
Temple Works Leeds
Temple Works Leeds is situated in a Grade I listed building that was once the “largest room in the world”. The building has reopened as a cultural and arts hub, the venue is also available for corporate, private, studio and location hire.
The Craft Centre & Design Gallery
Each year the lively exhibition programme comprises four diverse front of house exhibitions, alongside two inspirational print shows and three dedicated showcases highlighting materials such as ceramics, glass and wood.
At Wakefield you will find The Hepworth, a gallery which celebrates the town’s connections with Barbara Hepworth. Curator-led tours are a popular free attraction here, along with a special Tour de Yorkshire event every year.
Village Bookstore & Gallery
Village is an independent book store specialising in self-published zines. As well as a curated selection of contemporary art, design, fashion and photography books and magazines, Village is an established and independent publisher.
West Yorkshire Playhouse
West Yorkshire Playhouse has established a reputation both nationally and internationally as one of Britain’s most exciting producing theatres, winning awards for everything from its productions to its customer service.
White Cloth Gallery
The primary aim of the Gallery is to provide a unique space for established artists to exhibit and elevate projects of particular importance while at the same time providing a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work.