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Places Of Interest in Leeds

Places of Interest in Leeds Leeds is a vast place brimming with a rich history and a wide range of exciting places to visit.
 
Some of the most beautiful stately homes are located within Leeds. One of the finest is Temple Newsam House [map], situated just off Selby Road. Now fully restored Temple Newsam offers visitors access to the famous Red Bedroom and Georgian Library.
 
Centrally located in The Headrow, The Henry Moore Institute [map] is a fine Victorian building renowned for its commitment to new sculpture and is home to up to five exhibits a year. Offering outstanding exhibits of visual arts the Institute has become a real centre of community for the arts in Leeds.
 
Galleries and studios come alive in this city. Exciting venues and innovative installations attract a wide audience and there’s sure to be something to appeal to every taste.
 
The University Gallery [map] on Woodhouse Lane occupies three rooms in a Grade II listed building and has a commitment to contemporary exhibits as well as a popular permanent collection.
 
For something a little more unusual why not visit Thwaite Mills Watermill [map] in the beautiful village of Stourton, Leeds?
 
Thwaite Mills is one of the few working watermills in the UK and visitors can see history come alive in a beautiful canal setting, as Stourton is situated in close proximity to the Aire and Calder Navigation.

Also worth a look is the 12th century Kirkstall Abbey [map], which is one of the city's key historical landmarks and a survivor of Henry VIII's attack on England's monasteries. Situated just three miles west of the city centre, the abbey remains surprisingly well preserved despite its lengthy history and still stands to its original height.

If you like trekking around religious sights then it may also be worth making the trip to Leeds Parish Church [map] in Kirkgate , a fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture, and St Anne’s Roman Catholic Cathedral [map] on Cookridge Street , Leeds’ somewhat overlooked landmark.

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