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Ranked #1 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #2 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Home for the national collection of arms and armour that features five theme-galleries: War, Tournament, Self-Defense,... more » Owner description: Home for the national collection of arms and armour that features five theme-galleries: War, Tournament, Self-Defense, Hunting, and arms and armour of the Orient. « less
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Ranked #3 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #4 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #5 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #6 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Step back in time and wander through the enchanting streets, shops and houses and experience life as a Victorian. As a fun,... more » Owner description: Step back in time and wander through the enchanting streets, shops and houses and experience life as a Victorian. As a fun, family-friendly and interactive museum, Abbey House Museum is a great day out for all the family. Come to one of our many family sessions as advertised on our website or pop in with friends for a trip down memory lane.On the ground floor visit Stephen Harding Gate, the 19th century equivalent of a modern high street, for some old fashioned retail therapy. In the back streets, see the home of the window washer woman or pop into the Sunday-School. On the first floor, see our Childhood and Community Galleries along with the changing programme of exhibitions. Abbey House Museum is situated directly across the road from the historical site of Kirkstall Abbey, set in wonderful parkland along the banks of the River Aire. « less
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Ranked #7 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Historic Sites; Parks
Owner description: One of the great country houses of England set within a Capability Brown landscape surrounded by beautiful parkland which... more » Owner description: One of the great country houses of England set within a Capability Brown landscape surrounded by beautiful parkland which includes a working rare breeds farm, Temple Newsam has so much to offer visitors.Famous as the birth place of Lord Darnley, notorious husband of Mary Queen of Scots, Temple Newsam House is a truly impressive Tudor-Jacobean mansion. Described as the Hampton Court of the North with over 40 lovingly restored rooms to view, it is now home to one of the most important collections of decorative arts. Explore the treasures of silver, ceramics, fine art, Chippendale furniture, and wallpaper all housed within the Tudor Jacobean Mansion. Discover the stories of the people who lived at Temple Newsam by joining one of our regular weekly tours or picking up the FREE audio guide. Look out for holiday activities and craft fun for all ages and the changing programme of talks, concerts and theatre. Visit our special, changing programme of exhibitions. Take time to visit the gift shop offering a range of products inspired by the collections within the House followed by lunch or tea in the Stables Tea room. Explore the lakeside walks and gardens of delphiniums, rhododendrons, flocks and asters. See a variety of rare breed animals in the Rare Breed Farm. Enjoy some leisure time and book our football pitches, enjoy a round of golf, walk in the woods and discover the folly or explore the bridle paths. « less
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Ranked #8 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Historic Sites; Specialty Museums
Owner description: The award winning Thackray Medical Museum is a completely unique visitor attraction. With nine interactive galleries, the... more » Owner description: The award winning Thackray Medical Museum is a completely unique visitor attraction. With nine interactive galleries, the fascinating exhibitions and collections tell a story of health that affects us all. Hear and smell what it was like to walk the grimy streets of Victorian Leeds, find out what it was like to undergo an operation without anaesthetic and explore your body in our jaw-dropping Life Zone gallery. Discover how medicine past and present is changing your future. We are bigger than you think, please allow 2-3 hours for your visit. *Tickets last for 12 months! *FREE weekly family activities and an ever-changing calendar of events and exhibitions. *Large on-site car park. *Learning cafe serving luches and tasty treats. *Curiosity shop selling a range of unique gifts and souvenirs. We are on Facebook and Twitter « less
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Ranked #9 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #10 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
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Ranked #11 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks
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Ranked #12 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Gardens; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Come in out of the cold; at Tropical World, you will always get a warm welcome. Explore the tropics and exotic places from... more » Owner description: Come in out of the cold; at Tropical World, you will always get a warm welcome. Explore the tropics and exotic places from around the world. Experience life in the jungle and the desert. Meet cuddly creatures of the night and come face to face with some amazing characters. All on your own doorstep!Tropical World is Leeds most visited family attraction and has featured on CBBC. We are home to a number of animals, including; crocodiles, butterflies, bats, snakes and our gorgeous meerkat family! We also have a bird collection that includes rare species. « less
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Ranked #13 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #14 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #15 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: White Cloth Gallery is a film & photography gallery and event space located in Leeds city centre. We have a fully licensed... more » Owner description: White Cloth Gallery is a film & photography gallery and event space located in Leeds city centre. We have a fully licensed bar and we serve lunch Monday - Saturday. Our amazing pizzas are available all day! « less
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Ranked #16 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Parks; Scenic Railroads

Middleton railway based in Leeds lays claim to be the oldest working railway in the world. The railway's base at Moor Road in Hunslet, Leeds boasts a shop and cafe, serving hot... more »

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Ranked #17 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks
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Ranked #18 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: A hidden gem at the heart of the University of Leeds campus, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery offers both innovative... more » Owner description: A hidden gem at the heart of the University of Leeds campus, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery offers both innovative temporary exhibitions and displays treasures from the University Art Collection. Entrance is free for visitors to experience the University's exceptional art collection. The collection includes stunning examples of European and British painting, drawings and prints, dating from the 17th century up to the present day, as well as small collections of sculpture, ceramics, miniatures and photographs. The Education Room houses the University's collection of drawings and works on paper, and provides space for educational activities - from University teaching to school and community group activities.The Gallery offers a lively programme of public events - including artist talks, roundtable discussions, and art workshops. Join our mailing list to get invitations to our events and exhibitions. « less
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Ranked #19 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: St Aidan's is a perfect place to get close to nature and relax, unwind or exercise in a stress-free environment. Just outside... more » Owner description: St Aidan's is a perfect place to get close to nature and relax, unwind or exercise in a stress-free environment. Just outside Leeds on the banks of the River Aire, it's a big new space to walk, run, cycle, or ride your horse and enjoy the wildlife that surrounds you. It has a wide range of wild plants and animals, and is home to thousands of birds, brown hares, roe deer, wild flowers and insects - all living in a stunning landscape of vast reedbeds, grassland, woodland, lakes, ponds and islands. With a variety of circular paths of varying lengths and large areas of open grassland, St Aidan's is a great place for families to enjoy the outdoors, share a picnic and play together. Over 7.5 Miles (12 km) of footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes connect the surrounding communities, with links to national footpath and cycle networks. St Aidan's is a fantastic place for locals wishing to explore the wider countryside or as a destination for people who love nature. « less
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Ranked #20 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks
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Ranked #21 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
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Ranked #22 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: Leeds Art Gallery is a lively gallery in the heart of the city, situated on The Headrow in Leeds’ Cultural Quarter. Offering... more » Owner description: Leeds Art Gallery is a lively gallery in the heart of the city, situated on The Headrow in Leeds’ Cultural Quarter. Offering displays of stunning collections as well as a dynamic programme of changing exhibitions, the Gallery is an innovative and exciting place to visit for people of all ages and tastes.Wander between galleries and see the work of well-known artists from the Yorkshire region, such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Atkinson Grimshaw, Jacob Kramer and Edward Wadsworth, paintings by internationally known artists including Stanley Spencer and Walter Sickert as well as work by contemporary artists such as Bridget Riley, Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley. Leeds Art Gallery also has an ArtSpace for younger children and hosts a range of events and workshops for families and children (for further information please visit our website or follow us on twitter at leedsartgallery). « less
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Ranked #23 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: From the moment you arrive, Harewood captures your imagination and feeds your curiosity. It's a place filled with art,... more » Owner description: From the moment you arrive, Harewood captures your imagination and feeds your curiosity. It's a place filled with art, culture and heritage which continues to develop and thrive today. One of the Treasure Houses of England, the historic Georgian property sits within "Capability" Brown designed landscape with remarkable views from the award winning Terraces. Come inside and you'll be blown away by rare Chippendale furniture and jaw-dropping interior designs in the State Rooms. Make sure you leave time to explore the well-trodden corridors of Below Stairs. A place where young kitchen hands can get hands on with history, dress up and discover life a servant or you can enjoy a changing programme of contemporary art exhibitions in the Terrace Gallery. With bags of space to run around, a massive adventure playground, penguins, flamingos and parrots there's no shortage of adventure for kids of all ages « less
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Ranked #24 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Museums
Owner description: Leeds City Museum offers an exciting, fun and interactive day out for all the family. There are six galleries for you to... more » Owner description: Leeds City Museum offers an exciting, fun and interactive day out for all the family. There are six galleries for you to visit as well as a changing programme of family friendly exhibitions, please see our website for our latest exhibitions.Come and find the Leeds Tiger in the Life on Earth Gallery or get interactive by camouflaging yourself. Discover the mummy of Nesyammun in the Ancient Worlds Gallery or try a game of Greek Gods and Goddesses Top Trumps. Explore the history of Leeds in the Leeds Story Gallery, from the first archaeological finds to changing community displays reflecting people’s lives in the city today. Investigate the varied collections of Leeds Museums and Galleries in the Collectors Cabinet Gallery. Find out more about world cultures in the World View Gallery, which has a new theme for 2014 of the Voices of Asia. All that in one building! « less
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Ranked #25 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: ; History Museums; Museums
Owner description: Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a... more » Owner description: Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time 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. « less
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Ranked #26 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
The first direct arena is a 13,000 capacity super-theatre that opened in the summer of 2013.
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Ranked #27 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #28 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Other ranches and farms; Landmarks
Owner description: The Donkey Sanctuary is situated in the beautiful countryside of North Leeds close to Harewood House and Golden Acre Park.... more » Owner description: The Donkey Sanctuary is situated in the beautiful countryside of North Leeds close to Harewood House and Golden Acre Park. The Sanctuary is home to 22 donkeys which visitors are welcome to meet and pet. The centre has a gift shop, young children's play area and a small cafe selling home cooked refreshments. The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds is open daily 10am to 3pm. « less
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Ranked #29 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #30 of 74 attractions in Leeds
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Lotherton was the home of the Gascoigne family, who created a charming home in the days before the first World War. Given to... more » Owner description: Lotherton was the home of the Gascoigne family, who created a charming home in the days before the first World War. Given to Leeds City Council in 1968, the house boasts fine furniture and painting with collections of ceramics and superb displays of costume.See 200 magnificent species in the bird garden or stroll around the gardens or woods. There is a cafe on site as well as a playground for children or those young at heart. « less
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