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3 Must-try Public Art Trails in Leeds

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Leeds is full of public art, if you know where to look.

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See Leeds in a new light by following one of these public art trails, taking in everything from murals to sculptures.

You’ll find art in the most unexpected places in Leeds – which is why we’ve created a series of trails that will see you exploring the city on foot, taking in everything from sculptures to murals and graffiti. Work your way through them all and let us know what you think.

The Academic & Civic Art Trail

Sign of Art, University of Leeds

This trail takes you from Leeds College of Art’s mighty mosaics, past the statues, sculptures and ginormous casts at University of Leeds and into the city centre, where Millennium Square boasts its own unique works of art. Along the way, you’ll see the work of critically acclaimed local and national artists, on a memorable walk through Leeds.

The Leeds Welcome Trail

Leeds Kirkgate Market murals

This public art trail starts in the station itself with Windows of Leeds, before you head out to see vast murals, historic sculptures and unique works of art that are etched into the very ground you walk on. You’ll pass through the iconic City Square before making your way to Briggate, past West Yorkshire Playhouse and out to Mabgate, giving you a truly diverse glimpse of the city.

The Waterfront Trail

Reflective Approach Leeds Dock

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This trail will see you exploring Holbeck and the Leeds waterfront, as you hunt out six sculptures and two graffiti murals. Along the way, you’ll see modern developments reflected back at you, past events memorialised and our industrial heritage brought to life through art. You will, of course, also get a glimpse of the River Aire and Leeds Liverpool Canal, which is a treat in itself.