Leeds Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Leeds

Leeds is a lively historic city with a large variety of music events, art exhibitions and other cultural activities. Leeds' rich heritage, traditions and unique culture make this city a charming tourist destination with plenty of famous theatres, lovely cinemas and concert halls, art galleries and museums. The following walking tour will help you discover the most popular cultural venues of the city.
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Leeds Cultural Venues Map

Guide Name: Leeds Cultural Venues
Guide Location: England » Leeds (See other walking tours in Leeds)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Leeds City Museum
  • The Henry Moore Institute
  • Leeds Art Gallery
  • Craft Centre & Design Gallery
  • Vue Cinema
  • Castle Galleries
  • West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • Royal Armouries Museum
Leeds City Museum

1) Leeds City Museum (must see)

Leeds City Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1921. It was closed in 1965 and saw visitors again in 2005, when modernization works were carried out. Today Leeds City Museum offers exciting cultural refreshment. Among the numerous exhibits of the museum there are sculptures, paintings, Roman mosaics, Greek tombs and two 3000-years-old mummies. The museum also provides space for corporate or private events to celebrate special occasions in the attractive historical building of the museum.
The Henry Moore Institute

2) The Henry Moore Institute

English artist Henry Spencer Moore is known for his beautiful bronze sculptures that are located all over the world and open for public viewing in parks and streets. The Henry Moore Institute proudly houses an extensive collection of Thomas Moore, as well as emerging talents' artwork and is one of the largest sculpture galleries in Europe. The gallery was founded in 1993 and quickly gained popularity and the reputation of a classy cultural venue. Changing exhibitions, art workshop and themed events keep the visitors coming back.
Leeds Art Gallery

3) Leeds Art Gallery

Opened in 1888, Leeds Art Gallery is a museum that houses an extensive collection of British art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Beautiful sculptures and paintings presented here often reflect the prominent characters and significant events of British history. The modern and spacious gallery also organizes exhibitions, learning program activities, themed displays and other events for all ages.
Craft Centre & Design Gallery

4) Craft Centre & Design Gallery

Founded in 1982, Craft Center & Design Gallery offers exciting insight into the fascinating world of contemporary art. The artwork presented here for sale includes paintings, ceramics, pottery, textiles, jewelry, prints and other hand-made crafts. Twice a year there are major exhibition events organized here to promote emerging British designers and celebrate works of well-established artists. Craft Center & Design Gallery share the same building with Leeds Art Gallery but have a separate entrance.
Vue Cinema

5) Vue Cinema

Conveniently situated in the city centre, on the second floor of The Light entertainment and shopping complex, Vue Cinema is one of the best movie theatres in Leeds. Vue Cinema offers a great variety of all kinds of movies, including national releases and Hollywood finest. This modern cinema complex provides a Dolby Digital sound system that gives fantastic sound effects.
Castle Galleries

6) Castle Galleries

Castle Gallery is a lovely addition to the popular Albion Street packed with cafes and specialty shops. The gallery is a breath of fresh air to the Leeds cultural scene, adding to its diversity and glamour. Contemporary art paintings presented here for sale will definitely catch your eye and leave you with a positive memory of your visit.
West Yorkshire Playhouse

7) West Yorkshire Playhouse (must see)

Situated close to Leeds city centre, West Yorkshire Playhouse is one of Britain’s most exciting production theatres. The playhouse was opened in 1990 and since then has established both a national and an international reputation for its great shows and high quality service. The theater offers its visitors such cultural events as classic drama, comedy, modern European plays and fantastic children’s shows.
Royal Armouries Museum

8) Royal Armouries Museum (must see)

Royal Armouries Museum was established in 1996 and is one of the most popular national museums in England today. The museum houses five different theme galleries that offer a variety of thrilling exhibitions and shows on the following topics: hunting, war, tournament and self-defence. Interactive displays showing dramatic British historical events and live action activities such as jousting skills demonstrations and falconry add splendour to the museum and make a visit here unforgettable.

Walking Tours in Leeds, England

Create Your Own Walk in Leeds

Create Your Own Walk in Leeds

Creating your own self-guided walk in Leeds is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Architectural Jewels Tour

Architectural Jewels Tour

The city of Leeds has plenty of architectural variety to offer. Most of the city’s significant architectural jewels such as Leeds Town Hall and Civic Hall belong to the Victorian era. However, Middle Ages and 20th century architectural designs have also left their mark on this charming city of architectural landscape. Take this self-guided walking tour to see the magnificent Leeds architecture.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Leeds Introduction Walking Tour

Leeds Introduction Walking Tour

Leeds is a vibrant city with lots of character and diversity. There is something for everybody to enjoy here, whether it is a relaxing walk in Lovell Park or a journey to the city’s glorious industrial past in Armley Mills Industrial Museum. Take this self-guided tour to check out Leeds’ attractive places that give this city a positive and unique vibe.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Statues in Leeds Tour

Statues in Leeds Tour

Leeds is a city with a rich heritage and history. The city has numerous important statues and monuments, some of which are hundreds of years old but still in remarkable condition. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the most significant and attractive statues and sculptures of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

Leeds is an old, charming city with many places of worship to see and visit, each with its own history. Leeds religious buildings have been the city’s most prominent landmark for centuries. Take this self-guided walking tour to visit the city’s most visited churches.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles