Leeds is a buzzing city of culture, history, the arts and music – you won’t fail to find regular events, exhibitions and concerts that are of interest to all ages and tastes.
From the city’s medieval roots to the industrial revolution, from historic houses to the latest sights and sounds from modern artists and performers, it’s all here to be discovered.
What’s more, many attractions are free, ensuring memorable experiences for minimum cost.
There are several museums and places of historical interest in and around Leeds, including Temple Newsam, the estate once owned by Henry VIII and now home to Europe’s largest rare breed’s farm. Harewood House & Gardens, Lotherton Hall, the Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds Industrial Museum, the famous Royal Armouries Museum and the Leeds City Museum are all fascinating places to visit. And, of course, there’s Tropical World with its exotic creatures and rainforest experience.
For art lovers there are several art galleries across Leeds with permanent and temporary exhibitions ranging from historic pieces, such as the henry Moore museum to the very latest in modern art – for example, The Tetley is an exciting new venue for contemporary art and learning - and for added culture both Opera North and the Northern Ballet regularly perform in Leeds at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Grand Theatre Opera House.
The contemporary music scene is also thriving in Leeds – the First Direct Arena and O2 Academy host a wide range of star performers from the music and comedy worlds.
Every first Bank Holiday in May also sees the annual Live at Leeds metropolitan music festival held across a variety of venues, and with live music at the heart of Leeds nightlife, there are bars and venues large and small catering to every musical taste.
Food and Drink
Of course, you’ll never be far from amazing food and drink venues too, from laid back traditional pubs to super sophisticated bars; independent coffee shops and cafes to renowned restaurants; and late night chilled-out haunts to lively nightclubs.
There’s never been a better time to live and work here, to explore the endless attractions on offer and to enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle alongside a satisfying career.
Leeds has well and truly earned its place as the capital city of the North.