History & heritage

History all around!

History all around!

The roots of this fascinating city are here, all waiting to be explored.

Abbey House Museum

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.

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.

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey

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

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

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

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.

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Take a ride behind one of the vintage steam locomotives for a special journey back in time. Breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway, while your eyes and ears thrill to the puffing and hissing of the steam engine.

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.

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.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

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.

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 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 Grand Theatre

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

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

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.

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.​​

Middleton Railway

Middleton Railway

Visit the world’s oldest working railway for a steam/diesel hauled train ride. Established in 1758, it is still going strong. It no longer moves coal from Hunslet to Leeds, but instead it provides an all ages, all weather attraction.

National Coal Mining Museum

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.

Oakwell Hall

Oakwell Hall

A stunning Elizabethan manor house displayed as the Batt family home of the 1690s giving visitors a fascinating insight into a post-Civil War household. View over 100 acres of country park, with a nature trail and playground.

Red House

Red House

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.

Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries Museum is home to the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8500 objects throughout its five themed galleries: War, Tournament, Oriental, Self Defence and Hunting.

Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam

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.

Thackray Medical Museum

Thackray Medical Museum

Through nine interactive galleries you will be taken on a journey of discovery to explore the incredible world of medicine. Travel from the Victorian age to the present day to explore the fascinating world of surgery.

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.

Thwaite Mills Watermill

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.

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.

Yorkshire Air Museum

Yorkshire Air Museum

The Yorkshire Air Museum is a living memorial to all allied air forces personnel particularly those during the Second World War, and especially the tens of thousands of young people who gave their lives in that conflict.

Yorkshire Museum of Farming

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.