Leeds Museums and galleries

A list of all the incredible museums and galleries found in Leeds!

Whether you're a lover of art and culture, or are just looking for some way to get to know a brand new city by mooching around the tourist spots, touring Leeds' museums and galleries is a good way to spend a day! We've outlined everything you need to know below.
Clock tower at Leeds Town Hall
Trained laburnum arches in the formal south garden of Temple Newsam

Museums and galleries in Leeds

Here in Leeds, we are a proud home to many magnificent museums and galleries. Even better – lots of them are free! You can find out about the local history that makes Leeds the city it is today, or discover ancient history in other parts of the world. If your thirst for knowledge extends beyond your degree, then Leeds is a great place to be.

Royal Armouries

Entry to this multi-floor goliath of a museum is free, though a few of the attractions do require a small fee. There are multiple fascinating exhibitions from hunting, to the war gallery, to swords of Middle Earth. They also have live performances, and an escape room experience! And if that all sounds a bit intense, they have multiple cafes where you can sit and enjoy a nice cup of tea. Something for everyone!

Leeds City Museum

Another free museum, this one located in Millennium Square, just a couple of minutes away from the Rose Bowl. This is a must-see if you’re interested in life on Earth and natural history, plus there’s also fascinating exhibits examining Asian culture and local Leeds history. There are also two exhibits which change every year, giving you plenty of reasons to revisit!

Abbey House Museum

Opposite the landmark Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey House Museum is a step back to Victorian England. Immerse yourself in the day-to-day of Victorian life, stroll through the streets, and pop your head in their authentic Victorian tavern. Entry is a few pounds but is well worth it, and after you’ve visited the museum and the abbey grounds, you can of course sit down in the cafe, or visit the gift shop.

 Leeds Art Gallery

This city centre gem is the place to visit for all things art, as this is one of the most impressive art collections you'll find anywhere. Next door is the renowned Henry Moore Institute, which is one of the largest sculpture galleries in the continent, housing all kinds of innovative works. If sculptures aren’t your bag, they also have paintings and a ‘picture room’, amongst others, containing artists such as Edward Armitage and Francis Bacon. Plus, it’s free to enter! A must-see for all of you arts students.

The Tetley

Sticking with art, the Tetley is a unique venue, specialising in contemporary art. This gallery has a real focus on supporting local artists, but did you know it also supports other local businesses, with their independent food and drink menus? If seeing some fantastic, innovative art and having a pint of Tetley's sounds like your perfect afternoon, then the Tetley is the place for you! 

Leeds Industrial Museum

Located at Armley Mills, the Grade II listed building is a hub of heritage from local industries. Start off with the textiles and textiles machinery, before going full steam ahead into the impressive railway collection. There’s even a 24-seater cinema, looking at the relationship between Leeds and film. You'll also find a cottage, showcasing what a traditional Victorian house would look like. Great if you want to experience a taste of what Leeds was like 120 years ago!

Temple Newsam

Get those cameras at the ready – because Temple Newsam is as picturesque as they get. The Tudor-Jacobean house is a sight to behold, but it’s more than just an epic house, with its own fascinating history and hidden treasures. They run regular activities and there’s even an on-site farm. Fans of piglets, geese and guinea pigs rejoice!

Explore Leeds

We've put together a handy (not-so) little map with all the things that we think are amazing in Leeds. From food and drink, to health, beauty, outdoor spots and more! Head over and see for yourself.
A quiet morning Corn Exchange in Leeds City Centre, showing the dome ceiling and circular interior
Golden owl sculpture and clock on the left Leeds Civic Hall against a blue sky