Arts & culture

A city at the heart of art!

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.

Bagshaw Museum

Bagshaw Museum

Explore the world at Bagshaw Museum! A Victorian former mill owner’s house set in 36 acres of parkland and ancient woodland, the museum displays a wide range of unusual and exciting collections from around the globe.

Brontë Parsonage Museum

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

Carriageworks

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

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

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.

First Direct Arena

First Direct Arena

First Direct Arena is the major entertainment venue located in the vibrant city centre of Leeds, hosting live music, comedy, entertainment shows and sporting events. it provides some of best sound experience in the UK.

Harewood House

Harewood House

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

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

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.

Huddersfield Art Gallery

Huddersfield Art Gallery

Visit the Huddersfield Art Gallery and see a selection of stunning paintings and sculptures by internationally renowned artists such as L.S. Lowry, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore alongside work by significant local artists.

Hyde Park Picture House

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.

Ilkley Toy Museum

Ilkley Toy Museum

How many times have you wondered just what happened to those little cars you used to play with, or that old dolls house that appeared one Christmas morning? Well, they’re here – complete with all the memories.

Jackrabbits Pottery

Jackrabbits Pottery

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!

Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey

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

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 Cathedral

Leeds Cathedral

Leeds Cathedral is one of the finest Catholic Cathedrals in England and the mother church of the diocese of Leeds. The Cathedral Church of St Anne is situated on Cookridge Street, in the heart of the city centre.

Leeds City Museum

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

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

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.

Leeds Festival

Leeds Festival

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

Leeds Gallery

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

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

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.

Leeds Minster

Leeds Minster

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

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!

Leeds University Library Galleries

Leeds University Library Galleries

Free and open to the public, just a short walk from the city centre, the two Leeds University Library Galleries house collections that will take you on a journey through history, imagination, art and culture.

Light Night

Light Night

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.

Lotherton Hall

Lotherton Hall

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.​​

Millennium Square Leeds

Millennium Square Leeds

Millennium Square Leeds offers a Christmas Market, family-friendly events, live music concerts, film screenings, sporting events, food and drink, Leeds Pride, the ITU World Triathlon and much more!

O2 Academy Leeds

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.

Opera North

Opera North

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

Roundhay Park

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

Seven

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

Slung Low

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

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.

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

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.

The Forbidden Corner

Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages.

The Hepworth

The Hepworth

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.

The Peace Museum

The Peace Museum

The Peace Museum highlights through its collection and its education work, the stories of people who have tried to bring an end to extremism, conflict, violence, war and inequality; to create social justice, peace and cohesion.

The Tetley

The Tetley

Located in the stunning Art Deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery, you are offered a warm welcome whether you’re there to see cutting edge art, sample its Yorkshire menu or enjoy a pint of Tetley’s in this historic setting.

Tolson Museum

Tolson Museum

From Roman finds to textiles, birds to transport, the Tolson Museum is a treasure house of the fascinating, the curious and the amazing. You can expect to view a vivid and intriguing picture of the area and its people.

Village Bookstore & Gallery

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

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

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.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A centre of international, national and regional importance for the production, exhibition and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture. It’s a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight.