When you visit any town or city the type and content of museums and galleries often are an indication of the local area, its people and its industry. Leeds is no different in this respect and its places of interest tell the story of what has gone into making Leeds one of Yorkshire’s leading cities.
Leeds is famous for its cotton mills and the cutting edge technology of the industrial revolution. All this brought people to Leeds in their thousands and names like Thwaite, Thackray and Tetley are recognised as having contributed to its success.
More recent names too, such as the 20th century sculptor Henry Moore have all left their mark on this exciting northern city.
Galleries and Museums in Leeds
One of Leeds most famous sons, Henry Moore, created instantly recognisable rounded abstract figures, with holes through, that can be found all over the world.
The city has the Henry Moore Institute specifically dedicated to his works and this is linked by bridge to the main Leeds City Art Gallery.
This in itself has a fabulous collection of modern artists and some classic 19th century painters on display too.
Thackray Medical Museum in the former Leeds Union Workhouse, deals with the history of medicine and shows visitors just how techniques, procedures and equipment have advanced over the years. One of the most popular exhibits is the interactive human body that visitors can walk around and the recreation of a Victorian slum with smells, sounds and sights.
Thwaite Mill Museum faithfully preserves the mill industries that were once commonplace throughout the north.
Situated on its own, self-sufficient island between the River Aire and the canal, the area has its own workshops, orchard and farmlands.
Here visitors can explore one of the best waterwheels in the country, the manager’s house and a working steam crane. All give life to the machinery and practices of a bygone age, in a beautiful natural surroundings.
The Royal Armouries Museum is described as a must see attraction and features 8,000 pieces that cover over 3,000 years of history. The exhibits range from brightly coloured knights in armour to modern artillery; there is also the Tiltyard where during the summer month’s jousts and falconry displays are regularly held.
The Radisson Blu hotel in Leeds is a fabulous grade II listed building, noted for its Arte Deco architecture. An artistic piece in its own right the centrally located hotel is ideally situated for exploring the attractions Leeds has to offer its visitors. The 147 rooms reflect the artistic nature of the original building and have a distinct quality all of their own.
Leeds has plenty of delicious restaurants including Harry Ramsden’s first ever fish & chip shop which recently announced that it was to close. Leeds is a vibrant and lively city centre full of entertaining places to visit and excellent parklands and gardens in which you can relax.
The Georgian buildings, Victorian Arcades and the rolling countryside are great places to wander where you will discover romantic villages and ancient churches guaranteed to fill your photo album with memories a plenty.
Just remember that the famous Leeds Castle is not located in Leeds! In fact it is on the South Coast a long way away from Leeds!