History all around!
The roots of this fascinating city are here, all waiting to be explored.
Abbey House Museum
A lively, interactive museum which was short-listed for the Guardian ‘Kids in Museum Family Friendly Award’ in 2011. Wander the beautifully created authentic Victorian streets for a glimpse of life in 19th century Leeds.
Visitors are drawn to the breath taking countryside and impeccably well maintained site. The surfaced paths along the riverside and through the ancient woodlands offer walks to suit all ages and abilities, all year round.
Bradford Police Museum
Bradford Police Museum provides a unique insight into the history and heritage of policing, criminal justice, civic enforcement and the development of crime and punishment in Bradford from the early 19th century onwards.
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.
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.
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
The Keighley and Worth Valley rail line is run by steam enthusiasts over five miles between Keighley and Oxenhope, running up onto the Pennine moors above Bradford. You can stop off at Haworth, once home to the Bronte family.
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 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 Grand Theatre
Situated in the heart of Leeds, the Grand Theatre opened in 1878 and has been entertaining people ever since. With a wide programme from musicals to stand-up, opera to drama and ballet to family shows.
Leeds Industrial Museum
Step back in time at Leeds Industrial Museum to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.
Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Town Hall is an iconic building in the centre of the city that opened in 1858, it has become a famous example of Victorian architecture. Today Leeds Town Hall hosts a vibrant programme of arts and cultural events.
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.
National Coal Mining Museum
The National Coal Mining Museum for England aims to keep coal mining alive by collecting and preserving the industry’s rich heritage, creating enjoyable and inspiring ways to learn for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
A charming former cloth merchant’s home with unique Brontë connections. Explore atmospheric period rooms, enchanting period gardens and discover Spen Valley local history and Brontë exhibitions in restored outbuildings.
Discover 500 years of history in this magnificent country mansion. Explore the rooms of the house filled with fine and decorative art treasures or uncover the secrets of the past residents and workers of the estate.
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.
Thwaite Mills Watermill
Thwaite Mills is one of the last remaining examples in Britain of a water-powered mill. Let one of the guides help you explore the mills and discover the importance of water power to Leeds’ industrial heritage.
Yorkshire Museum of Farming
The only museum in the district specifically dedicated to the agricultural history of the Ridings of Yorkshire which encompass diverse terrain from the Wolds and the coastal North York Moors to the Pennine Dales.