in this northern city include a national collection of arms and amour in the Royal Armouries, among the worlds oldest museums
. Exhibits include items from the Spanish Inquisition as well as England’s own past.
Harewood House, home of the Lascelles family, is just outside the city and appeals to a large number of visitors. Museums and art galleries are scattered throughout Leeds, Arnley Mills Industrial Museum celebrates the engineering heritage of the area, while Thackray Museum chronicles England’s medical past, with examples of implements and treatments.
are tempted here by its many international festivals, which include International Pianoforte Festival and the Leeds West Indian Carnival, as well as by performances from the citys own opera and ballet companies. There is an interesting mix of bars, pubs and clubs in which to unwind, but if you prefer open air then visit Roundhay Park, a central area of garden, woodland and lake, incorporating a large collection of birds and reptiles among the exotic exhibits of Tropical World. Roundhay proudly boasts garden areas for blind people, with strongly scented flowers, and braille inscriptions. Sport is also strongly represented in the city, including football, cricket and nearby racing at Wetherby.
Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH (01132) 343 158
Concerned with contemporary as well as historic sculpture rather than works solely by Henry Moore himself, the Henry Moore Institute hosts a vibrant collection of international works.
With a programme encompassing exhibitions, collections and research; the institute does include works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Jacob Epstein, as well as many who are less well known.
Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA (01132) 478 256
Located adjacent to the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery has been hailed by The Times newspaper as containing “probably the best collection of British art outside London”.
Having recently undergone a £1.5m refit, the gallery displays paintings and sculptures by the region’s artists as well as a new multimedia exhibition.