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Why Leeds...

Leeds is easy to explore and ripe for discovery with its compact and vibrant city centre, attracting visitors for its world class live music, sport, culture, heritage and food and drink scene.



From its historic architecture to its reputation for culture and retail, there’s always something new to discover in Leeds.



A city rich in industrial heritage, Leeds is well known for its architecture. Whether it’s the historic Leeds Kirkgate Market, home to a number of local traders or the first direct arena, which sees huge artists from across the globe perform every year, its unique skyline offers something for everyone, from history buffs to fans of modern art.

Those looking for taste of rural life will also feel at home in Leeds. Only a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Yorkshire countryside; you can explore the Yorkshire Dales or visit a number of historic stately homes and gardens, including Harewood House, which dates back to the 1700s.

 But it’s the mix of old and new that makes Leeds such a vibrant city.


Monks, Mead and Medieval Leeds

Led by our resident monk, Bernard, Monks, Mead and Medieval Leeds explores the history of Kirkstall Abbey as told from the point of view of one of its former residents. Visitors are invited to enjoy a taster of mead and take in the impressive architecture of the abbey before discovering its beginnings, the life of its occupants and its subsequent closure. Following the tour, a light lunch is served in the former Gatehouse, across the road from the abbey. A guide book complements the tour and provides more in-depth detail for visitors. The tour is approximately 1 hour, not including lunch. £15pp. Runs Fridays, April – September.

Life in Victorian Leeds

At Abbey House Museum, our guided tour begins with lunch in the Gatehouse café where visitors meet with their Victorian guide. Life in Victorian Leeds invites visitors to wander the authentically recreated streets of 19th century Leeds to see the shops, pub and businesses that were part of the city over 100 years ago. Afterwards, visitors are welcome to explore the rest of the museum at their leisure, including the Childhood galleries and annual exhibitions. The tour is approximately 45 minutes, not including lunch. £15pp. Runs Fridays, March – November.

Kirkstall Abbey
Abbey House Museum - Leeds Museums and Galleries


With a modern appetite for retail and night life, Leeds is known for its thriving independent shopping scene, as well as trend setting bars and restaurants