MUSEUMS IN LEEDS

Delve into the past of the city, railways, medicine and more with the many wonderful museums in Leeds.

To visit Britain’s national museum of arms and armour, the Royal Armouries Museum take a ride on the little yellow Leeds Water Taxi along the River Aire (£3 per person per trip). Based at Leeds Dock, the museum is home to the UK’s largest collection of arms, armour and artillery, including Henry VIII’s original armour. Their annual events include horse shows, falconry, have-a-go archery, weapons demonstrations and jousting!  

Visit Leeds City Museum with amazing exhibits across six galleries including; the Leeds Tiger in the Life on Earth Gallery, the mummy of Nesyammun in the Ancient Worlds Gallery and the history of Leeds in the Leeds Story Gallery; explore thousands of years of history, from the Egyptians to the Romans and beyond.  

Roll your sleeves up for a taste of life as an 18th century worker in the industries which shaped the city at Leeds Industrial Museum Then hop on a train at Middleton Railway: the oldest working railway in the world!  

Thackray Museum of Medicine is welcoming visitors back after a multi-million-pound redevelopment. Find out more about the history of healthcare in Britain, learn about medical interventions that have changed the way we live, or, for the slightly gruesome, you can wander down the grimy streets of Victorian Leeds and see a gory 19th Century operating theatre. 

Explore the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey; a medieval Cistercian abbey set in wonderful parkland. Then head over the road to Abbey House Museum to step back in time and experience life as a Victorian as you wander through the enchanting streets, shops and houses. 

Royal Armouries Museum

Royal Armouries Museum

Explore the national museum of arms and armour, with objects from across the world and through time over five floors of stunning displays. Experience daily l...
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Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum

Located in the heart of the city, Leeds City Museum is a treasure trove of six galleries and home to some incredible collections, including the Leeds Tiger and ...
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Leeds Industrial Museum

Leeds Industrial Museum

Step back in time at Leeds Industrial Museum, housed inside the Grade II listed Armley Mills. The museum contains exhibits from the 18th century through to t...
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Thackray Museum of Medicine

Thackray Museum of Medicine

Immerse yourself in the Thackray’s imaginative and exciting galleries, from the history of healthcare to the advances that have shaped the way we look ...
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Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey

Explore one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain. Set in wonderful parkland along the banks of the River Aire, Kirkstall A...
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Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum

A fun, family-friendly and interactive museum, Abbey House Museum is a great day out for all the family. Come along to one of their many family sessions as a...
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Marks & Spencer Company Archive

Marks & Spencer Company Archive

The M&S Company Archive enables Marks & Spencer to celebrate and utilise its rich heritage for the good of the business, its customers and the wide...
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