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“See the Art ... Read the Book”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Leeds Art Gallery - CLOSED

Leeds Art Gallery
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Please note that Leeds Art Gallery will be temporarily closed to visitors after British Art Show 8 ends on 10th January 2016. This is to allow for major repairs to the Victorian roof of the building. The building will reopen in 2017. The beautiful Tiled Hall cafe will remain open to visitors whilst these works take place as will the Gallery shop. We apologise for the disappointment this will cause.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Oxford, England
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“See the Art ... Read the Book”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

The Art Gallery and Henry Moore Institute is worth a visit if you are in the town centre.
Some of the paintings on display were very interesting, but there are few examples of drawing, which considering the city has an Art College, is perhaps a little disappointing. I would like to see a small section devoted to displaying the ongoing work of students at the college, (with whom I have no connection), as examples of the current art of Leeds and Yorkshire.
What I thoroughly approve of is that it is directly connected to a library with a good section devoted to the arts and photography. There was also an interesting exhibition of a modern installation and not so modern sculpture in the connected Moore Institute.
There is a small cafe in the basement which is pleasantly staffed, clean and adequate (no free wifi), but the tiled and columned main cafe restaurant on the Ground Floor is a really interesting piece of architecture in its own right. It is clean and the seats are comfortable, if you have a member of the party who would rather not go round the gallery. The food there was also reasonably priced, with a reasonable choice and the staff are very pleasant.

Visited August 2013
Thank Jay F
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Love some of the paintings”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Another attraction that is free to visit in Leeds.

The kid's (aged 6&4) both enjoyed looking around and learning the names of the paintings etc.

There is plenty to see from ancient paintings to modern sculptures. The library is accessible from the gallery and there is a lovely cafe.

Well worth a look but my kid's do prefer the museum around the corner.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Leeds gallery is not grand but is well worth a visit. The combination of the northern architecture plus an eclectic mix of pieces makes the trip worthwhile.

Visited June 2013
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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Stunning building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

A lot of the architecture in Leeds is magnificient and the City Art Gallery can be counted amongst the best.
The ceilings, floors and walls in the cafe are covered in fantastic mosaics and tiling. The art exhibitions are really good, both modern and traditional. You can even have a game of giant outdoor chess on the pavement outside.

Visited June 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Nice art, shame about the service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

I was excited about my visit to this gallery, but arrived during the lunchtime rush for the cafe during half-term ....... They had lost the key to the cloakroom, could not take card payments as "a wire had come loose" and as I consoled myself by taking a photo of a Grayson Perry Ceramic in the main entry .... I was told that photography was not allowed. All of this did not impress! However, the food was great, coffee was excellent and the art? What they had on display was superb and a seriously good attempt to present the highlights of their collection. So worth a visit, but brace yourself in advance and be prepared to wait if its lunchtime!

Visited May 2013
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