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“Magnificent cafe with decent library attached!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Leeds Central Library

Leeds Central Library
Ranked #53 of 149 things to do in Leeds
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Owner description: Leeds Central Library is the city's main public library. The building is Grade II* listed and opened in 1884. The Central library has several departments; Central Lending, Art, Music and Performing Arts, Local and Family History, Information and Research and Business and Intellectual Property.
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Magnificent cafe with decent library attached!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

The tiled café of Leeds Central Library is a great place to meet people or just to chill out in splendid solitude with expresso and laptop (free wi-fi). The cakes are good and the setting and atmosphere is stunning. Look around you at the tiles and the beautiful ceiling. Tip: if you are alone sit by the window – in winter it is warmer there as you are near the radiators and you can people watch inside and out. Write a postcard or a letter – it has that ambience to encourage pen on paper and if need be you can buy art postcards in the shop below, or a book or a notebook. It is an especially good spot if you have been fooled into making the journey to Leeds to go shopping but can’t be bothered. Go on subvert yourself! The art library above is second to none and you can join without being a Leeds resident. The art reference section is excellent for tracking down obscure painters, etc which even the internet lacks details on. And there is a gallery as well with a top quality municipal art collection that includes paintings by Walter Sickert. Just to tantalise and frustrate you there was a brilliant Henry Moore exhibition there in 2012 that I chanced on when avoiding shopping. So good went back a few times. So be warned: this place will seriously enrich you without busting your pocket and it has an excellent café thrown in for good measure which will also feed the soul and the body.

Visited February 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“A Place to Behold”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

A wonderful place, as a reference library, however, some times difficult to find a specific book! Every time I visit I get lost from one section to another. The layout does not seem to be as other Libraries in West Yorkshie, whether it is the size or structure! The staff are always very helpful & informative.

Visited January 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Go to the Tiled Hall for coffee”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

Apparently the Tiled Hall did not always look like this a few years ago. In fact it was covered over with paint for many years!!! Anyway this is a great place for coffee and a light snack in Leeds. The prices are reasonable but you come for the atmosphere and the ceiling which is just fantastic. My only complaint was that it was a little cold.

After your coffee wander through to the Art Gallery which is free and full of very good art - they even have Grayson Perry vase!

Visited January 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Go see the tiled Hall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

Well amazing building, great resources, lovely cafe and lots to offer to all even if your not in to reading

Visited October 2012
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Tiled Hall - paradise- but not always so for Coeliacs”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

I love the splendour of Tiled Hall with its lovely high ceiling and views over the city.But, I am a Coeliac and after a some encouragement they do now have gluten free choices. However, the provision is patchy and the last time I went they first said there was nothing I could eat but after some discussion agreed to provide a salmon salad dish without the dressing. This was in fact delicious but I think the staff, though pleasant, need more training to cope with this condition which affects 1 in every 100 people.

Visited December 2012
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