Leeds Town Hall

Contact Details:

The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD

01133786016
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  • Opening Hours

    Monday

    Closed all day

    Tuesday

    Closed all day

    Wednesday

    Closed all day

    Thursday

    Closed all day

    Friday

    Closed all day

    Saturday

    Closed all day

    Sunday

    Closed all day

Leeds Town Hall

Currently closed to the public for essential conservation work. Leeds Town Hall is a Grade I listed building that was designed by Cuthbert Brodrick and was opened in 1858 by Queen Victoria on one of her only visits to the city. It is one of the largest town halls in the UK and currently stands as the eighth tallest building in Leeds. Over the years, the building has had many uses, from Council offices and court rooms to meetings, events, and exhibitions. Its historic Bridewell prison beneath the front steps was the holding place of notorious criminal Charlie Peace before he was transferred to Armley Gaol. On a Town Hall Tour you can visit these cells and climb the 200-plus steps to the top of the clock tower to see complete views of Leeds. It now hosts the best live music, comedy, film screenings, entertainment and more, and hosts many of the city’s renowned arts and cultural events, including Leeds International Concert Season, Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds International Beer Festival, Leeds International Piano Competition, and Leeds Conductors Competition. The building also is home to an impressive three manual organ, the largest of its kind in Europe. With 5,700 pipes, it stands 50 feet high, 47 feet wide and weighs almost 70 tons. This magnificent instrument plays a central part in the musical life of the Town Hall. Organists from across the globe travel to perform on the instrument every Monday as part of the free to attend Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music series. The building is currently undergoing a £17 million refurbishment to preserve it for generations to come. The work includes a new roof, creating exciting new events spaces and facilities, and extensive refurbishment of its much-loved organ. This venue is a part of the Visit Leeds Culture Around Every Corner Campaign, celebrating the diverse and vibrant culture of Leeds. Find out more at https://www.visitleeds.co.uk/culture-around-every-corner/