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50 Must Visit Landmarks and Attractions in Leeds

· Ali Turner · Visit Leeds

Leeds is full of landmarks and attractions that you can visit all year round...

Harewood House, Leeds

Whether you’re visiting Leeds for the first time or the hundredth, we’ve rounded up 50 attractions and landmarks you have to visit at least once.

Like most big cities, Leeds has a medley of incredible landmarks and attractions for you to see – in fact, there are so many that you may wonder why you haven’t visited before. These 45 are all worth your time, so next time you’re planning a city break, why not head to Leeds? It might surprise you…

1. Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries

Over at Leeds Dock, Royal Armouries is home to a massive collection of 8,500 objects spanning five galleries that cover War, Oriental, Tournament, Self-Defence and Hunting. You can see a 15th century Chinese Ming Dynasty sword glittering with gold and semi precious stones, Henry VIII’s famous horned helmet and a Burmese bronze canon, shaped like a dragon – with so much to marvel at, there’s no doubt this is one of Leeds’ best attractions.

Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1LT.

2. Leeds Town Hall

Leeds Town Hall

Designed by Cuthbert Brodrick and opened by Queen Victoria in 1858, Leeds Town Hall is a strong symbol of civic pride and a magnificent example of Victorian architecture. It’s impressive to see, but you haven’t really ticked this Leeds landmark off your list until you’ve ventured inside. They offer regular tours that will take you down into the cells beneath and up to the clock tower – or why not put the acoustics to the test at one of their exceptional classical concerts?

Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AD.

3. Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey

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This historic Leeds landmark is one of the most intact examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in the UK. Aside from the ruins themselves, which you’re free to explore, there are 24 hectares of parkland here, so pack a picnic and find a spot next to the scenic River Aire. Visit on the last weekend of the month and you can also make the most of Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market, which offers a delectable mix of street food and fresh local produce.

Kirkstall Abbey, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3EH.

4. Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum

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You wouldn’t know it from the outside, but inside Abbey House Museum you’ll find a recreated Victorian street. Explore the high street, with its traditional shops full of old artefacts, nip into the Rover Inn to see what a pub was like back in the day and even call by the undertakers for a slightly more grisly glimpse of the past. Don’t miss the Childhood Galleries where you can marvel at 19th century toys, with everything from dolls’ houses to penny slot machines.

Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3EH.

5. Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet's Casanova

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Did you know that Leeds is one of just three cities in the UK with its own ballet and opera companies? The former is Northern Ballet, a critically acclaimed company that’s widely considered to be one of the best in the world. Led by David Nixon OBE, they offer up unique reinterpretations of classics like Swan Lake alongside new ballets like Casanova, The Little Mermaid and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Their work is in demand the world over, taking them as far afield as China, Bangkok and Miami, but where better to see them than on their home turf?

Northern Ballet split their performances between Leeds Grand Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

6. Lotherton Hall

Lotherton Hall

An absolute gem of an attraction, Lotherton Hall can be found in Aberford, just on the eastern outskirts of Leeds, and it’s the perfect day out. This beautiful Edwardian house is full of history – you can explore the Servants’ Rooms, take in their impressive collection of decorative art or visit the Fashion Galleries, which showcase beautifully preserved clothes from the past. Outside, there are eight acres of grounds to explore, with everything from landscaped gardens to an orchard and their famous bird garden.

Lotherton Hall, Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 3EB.

7. Opera North

Opera North Billy Budd

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A national treasure and a source of real pride for the city, Opera North is one of Europe’s leading arts organisations, producing a constant stream of world-class operas that tour the UK and Europe. They’re based at Leeds Grand Theatre, and often perform there, so if you time your visit right, you can see them on stage performing the likes of Der Rosenkavalier, Billy Budd and even Kiss Me, Kate. This is opera at its very best, so don’t miss out.

Opera North perform at Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NZ.

8. First Direct Arena

Pearl Jam at First Direct Arena

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This award winning arena is one of the best attractions in Leeds, bringing a roster of huge names to the city. Since it opened in 2013, it’s seen the likes of Elton John, Michael Bublé, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and Pearl Jam take to the stage. It’s not just music though – from the Tour de France Grand Départ to big laughs from Lee Evans, First Direct Arena hosts an array of comedy, dance and sporting events to keep you entertained.

First Direct Arena, Arena Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BY.

9. Elland Road

Elland Road

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Opened in 1897, Elland Road was originally used as a rugby ground until Leeds City Football Club formed in 1904. When they were expelled from the Football League in 1919, it was sold to Leeds United FC and it’s been their home ever since. You can, of course, catch the match here, as United take on their Football League Championship competitors, but they also offer Stadium Tours if you’d like to see the ground from a new angle.

Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 0ES.

10. Victoria Gate

The city’s newest shopping centre opened in October 2016, bringing with it a medley of designer boutiques and luxurious restaurants. The landmark design mimics the city’s historic arcades, but it has its own unique style with sweeping curved shopfronts, extravagant light fixtures and a glass roof made out of 1,030 diamond shaped panels of glass set within an intricate steel structure. You’ll find the likes of Anthropologie, Hackett and Nespresso inside, along with the John Lewis’ flagship Northern store which stands at five storeys and 24,200 square foot.

Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.

11. Harewood House

Harewood House, Leeds

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As one of the Treasure Houses of England, you know you’re in for a treat at Harewood House. The 18th century building is impressive to behold, set amongst 100 acres of beautiful landscaping, and it’s just as good inside, where you’ll find a huge collection of art, including the works of JMW Turner, Joshua Reynolds and El Greco. Wait, there’s more – they also have an adventure playground, bird garden and farm at Harewood, making this the perfect choice for family days out.

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LG.

12. Henry Moore Institute

Henry Moore Institute

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Set up by Henry Moore to encourage people to appreciate visual art, as well as providing an invaluable resource for those studying sculpture, the Henry Moore Institute is a one of a kind attraction that absolutely mustn’t be missed. Their calendar of events brings a constant procession of world-class art and sculpture into the city, with exhibitions from the likes of Eleanor Antin, John Latham and Olga Jevrić.

Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AH.

13. Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery

Although Leeds Art Gallery is closed until 13th October 2017, it remains one of the city’s finest attractions with a grand architectural presence punctuated by Henry Moore’s Reclining Woman, which sits outside. Head back when it reopens to see one of the best collections of twentieth century British art in the UK, with everything from paintings to sculptures and photography from the likes of Henry Moore, Francis Bacon and Jacob Kramer, to name but a few. They will also have a brand new piece of art – Arena (2000) is a major work by Alison Wilding and will be showcased under the newly restored barrel vaulted glazed roof.

Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AA.

14. West Yorkshire Playhouse

West Yorkshire Playhouse

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Since opening in 1990, West Yorkshire Playhouse has become one of the city’s most cherished cultural institutions. They have a well deserved reputation as one of the best repertory theatre companies in the UK, but the theatre itself also welcomes an exciting calendar of touring shows. From modern greats like To Kill a Mockingbird and Alan Bennett’s Untold Stories to classics such as Othello, The Grapes of Wrath and Dracula, it’s always worth checking what’s on at the Playhouse.

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7UP.

15. O2 Academy Leeds

Fit2Club at O2 Academy Leeds

The O2 Academy has helped attract some of the biggest names in the music business to Leeds since opening in 2008. From local favourites like Kaiser Chiefs, The Pigeon Detectives and The Wedding Present to superstars like Morrissey, Ellie Goulding and Kasabian, it’s a surefire hit with music fans. Add a slew of lively clubnights, and it’s safe to say most tastes are covered here. So if you’re looking for things to do in Leeds, a night out at the O2 wouldn’t be a bad shout.

O2 Academy Leeds, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AW.

16. Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre's auditorium

Designed by architect George Corson, Leeds Grand Theatre is a beautiful example of Victorian design, accented by Scottish and Romanesque styles inside and elaborate gothic motifs outside. Since they first raised the curtain for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on 18th November 1878, they’ve hosted a huge number of sell out productions from the West End, such as Wicked and Shrek the Musical, as well as being the main stage for the esteemed work of Opera North.

Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NZ.

17. Leeds Cathedral

Leeds Cathedral

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Believe it or not, Leeds is home to one of the finest Catholic cathedrals in England. Built in 1904, the present building replaced St Anne’s, the original church which was raised to Cathedral status in 1878. The new Leeds Cathedral was designed by John Henry Eastwood with the help of his assistant Sydney Kyffin Greenslade, and boasts a unique design that’s tailored to the compact city centre site. Despite its size, the building is incredibly grand, with eye-catching gothic revival architecture – and it’s just as spectacular inside.

Leeds Cathedral, Cathedral House, Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BE.

18. Thwaite Mills

Thwaite Mills

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On an island between the River Aire and the Aire & Calder Navigation lies one of the last working watermills in Britain. The Grade II listed Thwaite House was once home to the Mill Manager and has since been restored to its former glory to give you a glimpse of what it was like to work at the mill. You can also find out how they made oil, putty and crushed wood without electricity, enjoy a picnic on the island or head to the engineer’s workshop to see how everything works.

Thwaite Mills, Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1RP.

19. Leeds Kirkgate Market

Leeds Kirkgate Market

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Not only is Leeds Kirkgate Market one of the finest landmarks in the city, it’s also the largest covered market in Europe. So behind the stunning facade, you’ll find hundreds of traditional stalls with everything from fresh fruit to loose tea, exotic spices and award-winning pies. Take a walk outside to browse even more, with a weekly Asian Bazaar and Flea Market to explore – or head to the new events and dining space to enjoy street food, pop-up fairs and entertainment.

Leeds Kirkgate Market, Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.

20. Trinity Leeds

Since opening in March 2013, Trinity Leeds has helped the city to become one of the best retail destinations in the UK. This shopper’s paradise houses more than 120 stores like Topshop, Urban Outfitters and Apple. After all that shopping, head to Trinity Kitchen for delicious street food from all over the world, catch the latest flick at Everyman Cinema or grab a drink with a view at The Alchemist and Angelica.

Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT.

21. Victoria Quarter

Victoria Quarter

If it’s big designer names you’re after, head to the Victoria Quarter. Not only is it packed full of fabulous designer boutiques like Vivienne Westwood, Reiss and Ted Baker, but it’s also one of the city’s most impressive landmarks. Look up and you’ll see the biggest stained glass roof in Britain – made by renowned artist Brian Clarke, it’s just one of the many standout features that make this a unique shopping destination.

Victoria Quarter, 4 Cross Arcade, Victoria Quarter, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AZ.

22. Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

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Would it surprise you to know that there’s a farm in the heart of Leeds? Well, there is and it’s well worth a visit. Meanwood Urban Farm is open to visitors and it’s become one of most popular family-friendly attractions in the city. You’ll find a range of rare breed animals here, like Whitefaced Woodland sheep, Angora goats and Dexter cows. Why not stop by and meet them next time you’re in Leeds?

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugarwell Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2QG.

23. Millennium Square

Millennium Square Summer Series

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One of the city’s most impressive outdoor spaces, Millennium Square hosts a packed calendar of events all year round. In the summer, you can watch Wimbledon on the big screen, attend a slew of live music events or even go to the beach. It doesn’t end there though, as the German Market brings an eclectic selection of stalls in December, with Ice Cube adding an outdoor skate rink in January. Even when there’s nothing on, you’ll find a range of public art here, as well as a cracking view of Leeds Civic Hall and Leeds City Museum.

Millennium Square, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AD.

24. Thornton’s Arcade

Thornton's Arcade

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Thornton’s Arcade began as a row of shops and offices, but by 1875, the owner, Charles Thornton wanted to expand and so, three years later, one of Leeds’ most treasured landmarks opened. Designed by George Smith, the three-storey arcade sports a lovely glass roof and a William Potts and Sons clock that features characters from Robin Hood. Today, Thornton’s Arcade is full of amazing indies like the award-winning OK Comics and craft beer shop Tall Boys Beer Market.

Thornton’s Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LQ.

25. Headingley Carnegie Stadium

Headingley Carnegie

Football isn’t the only sport that’s important to Leeds. Indeed, rugby and cricket are very close to our hearts, which is why Headingley Carnegie Stadium is one of the biggest attractions in Leeds. The cricket ground, which hosted The Ashes in 2009, can be found on the northern side of the stadium and is home to the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, while the rugby ground on the southern side is shared by Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie.

Headingley Carnegie Stadium, St Michael’s Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3BR.

26. Whitelock’s Ale House

Whitlock's by Ollievision

One of the city’s oldest pubs lies right where you’d least expect it, in an alleyway just off Briggate. It’s come a long way since it was a pit stop for merchants and market traders, but has still managed to retain that old school charm. Quench your thirst with a range of real ales and curb your hunger with their hearty British classics – they do one of the best Sunday roasts in the city. It may only be a pub, but Whitelock’s is an attraction in itself, and one that the locals like to visit as much as the tourists.

Whitelock’s Ale House, Turk’s Head Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB.

27. Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church Lights

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This Grade I listed Georgian church was nearly lost in the 1950s, but was saved when church officials decided that it was a building of historical and architectural importance. While it’s still a place of worship, Holy Trinity Church is also a lively community space and they put on all manner of events for you to enjoy, including art exhibitions, vintage fairs and live music – the acoustics are fantastic.

Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.

28. Brudenell Social Club

Live at Leeds LIF Brewdenell

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Brudenell Social Club is one of the best attractions in Leeds for music lovers. It started out in 1913 as The Brudenell Social and Recreational Club, but over the past two decades it has become the venue everyone wants to play at. A cornerstone of the Leeds music scene, it’s hosted everything from Christmas shows from The Cribs to secret Franz Ferdinand gigs. Don’t miss the annual Brew-denell Beer Festival, it’s a boozy affair that brings together the best local breweries.

Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queens Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NY.

29. The Tetley

Gallery at The Tetley, Leeds

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Founded in 1822, Tetley was once the biggest brewery in the North, and for a while, it was the largest producer of cask ale in the world. Its reign ended when the brewery was taken over by the Carlsberg Group, and the brewery closed in 2011, before being demolished a year later. Thankfully, out of its ashes, a new venue was born. The old HQ building was transformed into an art space that aims to nurture artists and inspire visitors with regular exhibitions, including artefacts from the former brewery.

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.

30. Leeds-Liverpool Canal

Leeds Liverpool Canal

Spanning 127 miles from Leeds to Liverpool, this is the longest canal in Northern England. Through the 19th century, the canal was a vital resource for trade in the city, enabling the transport of coal, stone and other goods. Today, it’s a great destination for outdoor fun, whether you’re a keen angler, cyclist, runner, or just fancy taking the dog for a walk.

31. Leeds Corn Exchange

Leeds Corn Exchange

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Designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, Leeds Corn Exchange is without a doubt one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Completed in 1864, the beautiful building is still a centre for trade and has become known as an independent shopping haven. You’ll find a mix of vintage clothing shops, jewellers and gift stores inside, as well as cafés, hairdressers and even a tattoo parlour. Look out for special events like their record and vintage fairs too.

Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.

32. Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam

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This historic Tudor Jacobean mansion has been beautifully restored with over forty rooms for you to explore. Inside you’ll find a rich collection of Chippendale furniture, paintings, pottery and textiles, while outside there’s even more – it boasts gardens landscaped by Capability Brown, alongside acres of parkland and a working rare breed farm that’s home to over 400 sheep, pigs, chickens, goats and cattle.

Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Off Selby Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE.

33. Thackray Medical Museum

Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

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Thackray Medical Museum is one of the goriest attractions in Leeds – and the kids will absolutely love it. The building itself first opened in 1861 as the Leeds Union Workhouse, before becoming St James’ Hospital in 1925, so it’s a fitting home for a museum that’s dedicated to the history of medicine. Your visit will see you moving from the realities of surgery in Victorian times to the way modern technology has changed medicine, with some interesting discoveries along the way.

Thackray Medical Museum, 141 Beckett Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7LN.

34. The Gallery at Munro House

Gallery at Munro House

An independent gallery that’s hidden off the beaten track, The Gallery at Munro House is well worth hunting out. They put on an eclectic calendar of events that will take you from photography, including the work of award-winning photojournalist Peter Dench, to modern art, sculpture and design. Come often and you’ll learn to expect the unexpected, as they arrange intriguing collaborations, most notably with Leeds Indie Food, one of the city’s most prominent food festivals.

The Gallery at Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AG.

35. Grand Arcade

Grand Arcade

Built in 1897, Grand Arcade is a stunning building with a one-off William Potts and Sons clock, but that’s not the only reason to visit the Leeds Landmark. It’s an independent haven, full of shops, bars and restaurants worth checking out. Nip over to Our Handmade Collective for jewellery and crafts or try The Traditional Shaving Company for everything you need to stay well groomed. They’ve got you covered for food and drink too with Roots & Fruits, Casa Colombiana and Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom, before you finish up at rock bar Santiago.

Grand Arcade, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.

36. Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum

This Leeds landmark is just as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. With a host of intriguing exhibitions, as well as regular events that make coming back a little bit different every time, you might want to plan a return visit. Delve into four floors of galleries and exhibitions, that will give you a chance to meet the famous Leeds Tiger, feel a python’s skin, listen to the sound of a rainforest or see a 3000 year old Egyptian mummy up close.

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH.

37. Leeds Minster

Leeds Minster

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One of the city’s most impressive landmarks, Leeds Minster was built in 1841 on an ancient, holy Christian site. It’s a beautiful, Grade I listed building, designed by Robert Chantrell, with huge stained glass windows by a range of high profile artists, including Schwanfelder, David Evans, Thomas Wilmshirst and most recently Sally Scott. You’ll also find The Leeds Cross inside – it dates back to the 10th century, making it one of the earliest objects in the city’s history. They offer daily services, if you’d like to attend, or you can just pop in for a look around.

Leeds Minster, St Peters House, Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.

38. Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

Treasures of Brotherton Gallery, Leeds

The latest museum to open in Leeds, Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery is full of surprises. It was created to showcase the Special Collections held at the University of Leeds, so you’ll find all manner of unexpected artefacts here, ranging from Ivan Bunin’s Nobel Prize medal and certificate to the first collected edition of the plays of Shakespeare published in 1623 and a Babylonian clay tablet that dates back to c.2500 BC.

Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Building, Woodhouse Lane, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JT.

39. Queen’s Arcade

Queens Arcade

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Another of the city’s unique shopping destinations is Queen’s Arcade. Step inside and you’ll find yourself surrounded by colourful shop fronts, with loads of character. Believe it or not, this arcade was once home to a hotel, but now you’ll find a selection of independent boutiques and cafes inside, like Aladdin’s Cave and Accent Clothing, as well as big brands like Levi’s. Be sure to look up between shops to see the ornate roof of the Grade II listed landmark.

Queen’s Arcade, Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.

40. Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park

You’ll find one of the biggest parks in Europe three miles north of Leeds city centre. Roundhay Park is a beautiful outdoor space that covers a massive 700 acres, with landscaped gardens, rolling parkland and two scenic lakes. It’s a great place to get back to nature, but you’ll also find a few man-made attractions here that are just as worthy of your time – think adventure playgrounds, sports pitches, tennis courts and a skate park.

Roundhay Park, Mansion Lane, Off Princes Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HH.

41. Tropical World

Crocodile Roundhay Park

One of the most popular family attractions in Leeds, Tropical World makes for a fantastic day out. It’s home to one of the biggest collections of tropical plants outside of Kew Gardens, but that’s not what’s going to have the kids excited, because you’ll also find a medley of animals here. You’ll peer into tanks of piranhas, catch a glimpse of their crocodile and walk through rooms filled with butterflies, birds and even bats (don’t worry, there’s a wall of glass to protect you in that one). And the grand finale – the meerkats.

Tropical World, Princes Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2ER.

42. Hyde Park Picture House

Not only is Hyde Park Picture House one of the oldest cinemas in the country, it’s also the world’s only surviving gas-lit cinema. It opened back in November 1914, despite the outbreak of war three months earlier, and went on to become a popular community cinema. As times changed, they moved from silent movies to talkies, and continue to show movies to this day, offering up a mix of independent, arthouse films and hollywood blockbusters in an incredibly unique setting.

Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1JD.

43. Otley Chevin

Otley Chevin

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If you want to know why Yorkshire is called God’s Own Country, you need to visit Otley Chevin. It’s a half hour drive from the city centre, but you’ll be rewarded with scenic walks, challenging cycling routes and plenty of bouldering challenges, if you’re feeling adventurous. The best vantage point is the Surprise View, which has its own carpark and will give you panoramic views of the countryside, stretching 60 kilometres, all the way to York Minster. Look out for unique works of art as you explore, as there are 8 timber sculptures to be discovered on the Heritage Time Trail.

Otley Chevin (The Surprise View), York Gate, Guiseley, Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DG.

44. Middleton Railway

Middleton Railway, Leeds

Middleton Railway is the oldest working railway in the world, making this one of the most important attractions in Leeds. You can take a ride on the former colliery line, following the mile-long track from Moor Road to Park Halt station, as well as exploring the Engine House Museum. The latter is really quite exceptional, with a huge collection of steam, diesel and electric locomotives for you to look at, as well as interesting information and artefacts that tell the story of the city’s industrial past.

Middleton Railway, Moor Road Station, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 2JQ.

45. Leeds City Varieties

Leeds City Varieties

Built in 1865, Leeds City Varieties retains much of its original charm. It’s one of the last remaining examples of a traditional music hall in the UK today, and over the years, their stage has welcomed the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Harry Houdini and Mickey Rooney. This one-off theatre is still going strong, so nip by to see everything from family-friendly pantomimes to live music, variety and stand-up comedy, all in a beautifully historic setting.

Leeds City Varieties, Swan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LW.

46. The Meanwood Valley Trail

Meanwood Beck, Valley Trail

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The Meanwood Valley Trail is the perfect excuse to put your walking boots on and go out exploring. It stretches for seven miles, taking you from the statue of former Leeds Mayor Henry Rowland Marsden on Woodhouse Moor to Golden Acre Park and Breary Marsh, passing through woodlands, gardens and heath along the way. The route is split into three sections, so you don’t have to do it all in one go – and whichever section you choose, you’re sure to see a vast array of wildlife.

Woodhouse Moor Car Park, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS6 1BJ or Golden Acre Park, Off Arthington Road, Bramhope, Leeds, LS16 8BQ.

47. Golden Acre Park

Golden Acre Park

At 55 hectares, it’s no surprise that Golden Acre Park made this list. It’s got a little bit of everything, which means you can easily lose a day exploring, especially if you add Breary Marsh and Adel Dam into your adventures. You’ll find all manner of wildlife here, including kingfishers, swans, woodpeckers and herons – be sure to visit the wildfowl lakes, woodland gardens and cherry orchard to make the most of the experience.

Golden Acre Park, Off Arthington Road, Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 8BQ.

48. Victoria Gate Casino

Victoria Gate Casino

Leeds is now home to the third largest casino in the UK and the only one of its kind in the North. Victoria Gate Casino, which sits above the new shopping centre, is spread over three floors and covers a massive 50,000 square foot. They’ve put all that space to good use, filling it with 140 slot machines, 75 electronic gaming terminals, 24 gaming tables and a poker room that can hold up to 100 people. But that’s not all, because they also have a state of the art sports bar, a champagne bar and a luxurious restaurant.

Victoria Gate Casino, Victoria Gate, Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.

49. Leeds Industrial Museum

Armley Mills, Leeds Industrial Museum

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Leeds Industrial Museum will give you a unique glimpse into the city’s industrial past. The museum opens up Armley Mills to the public, giving you a chance to see what was once one of the biggest woollen mills in the world, close up. To this day, you can still see the old textiles machinery that was used in the mill all those years ago, but now it’s accompanied by even more treasures from our industrial past, including steam locomotives, printing presses and old films which are played in their 1920s cinema.

Leeds Industrial Museum, Canal Road, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2QF.

50. Leeds Civic Hall

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Leeds Civic Hall is one of the main attractions on Millennium Square. Vincent Harris won the competition for the design of the building in 1926 and work began five years later in 1931. It took just two years to complete and was opened by King George V and Queen Mary in 1933. Now Grade II listed, it takes pride of place in one of the city’s most prominent public spaces, drawing the eye with its Portland Stone facade, Romanesque columns and glittering golden owls – the latter of which are part of Leeds’ famous Owl Trail. If you’d like to see inside, Leeds City Council offer regular tours.

Leeds Civic Hall, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1UR.