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Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

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Museum, £1.20-£3.30



Armley Mills Museum

0113 263 7861


Canal Road,
LS12 2QF

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Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.

The museum contains exhibits dating from the 18th and 19th centuries that show the history of textiles, clothing and engine and locomotive manufacture in the area. During the regular 'working weekends', several exhibits are operated including water wheels, a steam engine and the great spinning 'mules'.

It also illustrates the history of cinema projections, including the world's first moving pictures - filmed in Leeds by Louis le Prince in 1888 - as well as 1920s silent movies.

There have been mills on the Armley Mills site since the 17th century. The original buildings having been developed in the late 18th century when a woollen mill and a corn mill were built.

A fire in 1805 destroyed these mills but they were rapidly replaced with the building which can be seen today. From the early 19th century Armley Mills became one of the world's largest woollen mills, continuing the city's cloth-making tradition until Leeds City Council took it over in 1969 in order to create a museum illustrating the industrial heritage of the mill itself and the city as a whole.

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Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

Closed Mondays except bank holidays (10am - 5pm). Tuesdays - Saturdays 10am - 5pm. Sunday 1pm - 5pm.
Last admission 4pm.


Adult: £3.30
Child: £1.20
Family: £6.50*
Concessions: £1.70
(20% discount with a Leeds Card/Breeze Card
*Family ticket includes two adults and up to three children



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Map reference: SE 275341  Lat: 53.80248 Long: -1.58392

Leeds Industrial Museum is located just two miles out of the city centre on Canal Road, off the main A65 road to Kirkstall.
Bus: Services 733,734,735 and 736 go to the VUE cinema complex on Kirkstall Road (Leeds Industrial Museum is located behind the complex, accessible by a foot bridge).

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Leeds station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired