Museums in Leeds
If you’re looking for a blast from the past it’s
time to turn detective and discover the real Leeds. The
city has a wide range of museums showcasing the triumphs
and disasters of a rich heritage.
Most famously Leeds is home to The Royal Armouries
which is located at Armouries Drive and was opened
in 1996 as the new home for the national collection of
arms and armour. Each of the five themed galleries covering
war, tournament, self-defence, hunting and the arms and
armour of the Orient offer something uniquely different.
If you’ve always wanted to shoot a bow and arrow,
this is the museum for you. Look out for displays, drama,
live action events, interactive technology and exciting
For a unique experience of an altogether different nature,
visit Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills [map] , Canal Road, Armley, which was once the largest woollen
mill in the world. Located beside the River Aire, the
museum explores the city’s rich industrial past
and the blood, sweat and tears that went into creating
it. Displays cover the local textiles and clothing industries,
printing, cinematography, photography and engineering.
To see Victorian Leeds in all its splendour spend a few
hours at Abbey House Museum [map],
Abbey Walk, Abbey Road. Three reconstructed streets allow
the visitor to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds
of the late 19th century, from the glamorous art furnishers
shop to the poor washerwoman and the bleak workshop of
For a glimpse behind the scenes at the doctors and dentists’
surgeries of times past visit The Thackray Museum [map],
Beckett Street. The museum was the inspiration of Paul
Thackray, grandson of Charles F Thackray, founder of the
medical company bearing his name in Leeds in 1902.
For a touch of luxury and a glimpse at how the other half
live Harewood House [map],
Harewood, is one of England’s outstanding historic
houses with beautiful grounds, gardens and bird garden.
Harewood House regularly hosts exhibitions such as the
exciting Walking With Dinosaurs display inspired
by the successful BBC documentary.
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