Explore Art & Culture
Art is an essential part of the character of the city of Leeds, with world - class exhibitions at the Leeds Art Gallery, the Henry Moor Institute and the Leeds Art University, among many other independent galleries.
Leeds has a thriving and diverse cultural scene and many inspiring art venues. Explore the visual arts scene of the city and visit the newly restored Leeds Art Gallery which houses the best collection of art outside London in the 20th century.
The Tetley is a modern art centre located in the former headquarters of the Tetley Brewery. The Leeds Gallery at Munro House is an impartial art gallery that reveals artists, illustrators, photographers and designers all over the world.
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery hosts innovative art exhibitions from the Brotherton Gallery's University Art Collection and Treasures and displays one of the world's best rare books, manuscripts, art archives.
Leeds also houses the Opera North and the Northern Ballet, home to shows, comedies, concerts, live performances and West End theatre productions.
Places To See
Leeds has more building facilities than any other city outside London. The constructed heritage is one you can admire when you walk through the centre of the city. Leeds has masses to offer, along with Harewood House and Temple Newsam, there is Kirkstall Abbey, one of the most complete medieval Cistercian abbeys in the UK.
And if you reach Harewood House with a Pedego Electric Bike you can have the ticket half price!
The Kirkgate Market is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable and prized landmarks in the city. The majestic grade I building dates back to 1857 and houses the first covered retail street in Leeds and the birthplace of Marks & Spencer, one of the biggest brands in the world. When you enter this exceptional Victorian masterpiece, you will feel alive! There is no such area in the UK.
Museums & Attractions
Leeds has many museums just a short walk from the center of town. These include the Henry Moore Institute, the award - winning Thackray Medical Museum, and the City Museum, home to the famous Leeds Tiger and Nesyamun, otherwise known as the Leeds Mummy.
Alternatively, visitors can take a water taxi along the River Aire to explore Britain's National Arms and Armor Museum and one of the world's most important museums of its kind, The Royal Armories. Based at Leeds Dock, it has the largest collection of arms, armor and artillery in the United Kingdom, including the original armor worn by Henry VIII.
Lovers of animals? You can visit Tropical World and explore tropical habitats and other distinctive locations from around the world. Lemurs, crocodiles, butterflies, bats, snacks and meerkats can also be seen.
Escape To The Country
Leeds is the perfect base for discovering the local scenery. Otley Chevin Forest Park is an hour's drive or bus ride outside Leeds. Walk or cycle through the Chevin Forest with a wonderful view of the Wharfedale from the 282 meter Surprise View Peak.
You must also visit Otley or take the train to Ilkley for a picturesque stroll through the fabulous market towns. Once you've worked up an appetite, call into Bettys Tea Room for some well-known English delicacies.
Add Haworth to your list, for the landscapes Brontës found so inspiring. You will be absolutely inspired by a time in this charming village surrounded by rough moorlands. Take the bus from Keighley train station to see more of the area.
All these places are easily reached from Leeds. Spend a day in the countryside and go back to the city center for dinner and a show!
Leeds is famous for hosting world - class sporting events and unforgettable international competitions, including the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ, the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Series during 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Leeds has stunning sports grounds and stadiums, including Elland Road Football Stadium (40,000 capacity) and the Headingley Stadium (22,000 capacity), only 10 minutes from the city centre, it is one of the world's most well-known cricket grounds and its sanctuary makes it even more global in 2019.
The city is also home to Olympic Athletes, Leeds Rhinos, Yorkshire Carnegie and Leeds United A.F.C.
Every year Leeds hosts the Tour de Yorkshire Ride, a unique mix of Tour de France delivery combined with Yorkshire hospitality and beauty resulting in a sportive dream day.
What better occasion to rent a Pedego Electric Bikes and take part in the race!