Leeds Art Gallery

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Leeds Art Gallery
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Sprawling gallery showcasing paintings and sculpture in a range of styles. Entry is free, and the attached café is great

Filled with centuries of creativity, from classical paintings of landscapes and raging oceans, to vibrant, soulful portraiture and stark, sleek modern industrial sculpture; the large, central building next to the town hall is a wonderful way to while away an afternoon.

A sweeping staircase connects two floors packed with treasures, on long-term loan to the gallery or in a transitory, big-name exhibition that draws in the crowds and fills the vast space with wonder and excitement. Most of the time however, the gallery is a peaceful place of reflectiveness and calm, where couples step out on dates, families wander and artists with sketchpads draw inspiration in a quiet corner.

The café’s pretty good too: housed within a Victorian tiled chamber, it’s a fine place to sit for lunch or coffee and cake even if you don’t fancy a meander through the gallery. Warming soups, generous slices of cake and frothy lattes are favourites of visitors from both the gallery and the adjoining central library. Entry is completely free and the gallery frequently hosts events for events for children in its workshop space – and with it being so close to the museum too there’s really no reason why you couldn’t scrap the shopping spree and visit both on the same day.

By: Lauren James


Venue name: Leeds Art Gallery
Address: The Headrow

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm (from noon on Wed); Sun 1-5pm
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