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The best things to do in Leeds, including events, festivals, attractions, tours, activities, and entertainment

20 great things to do in Leeds
Things to do

20 great things to do in Leeds

There's a huge array of great things to do in our city - here are 20 to get you started

Recommended events in Leeds

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Okay, so Yorkshire Sculpture Park is in Wakefield, not Leeds, but it would be difficult to compile a convincing list of the region’s best art spots without including this beautiful and inspiring collaboration between manmade objects and nature. A 15-minute drive from the city, the YSP lies just off the M1 in a rolling, 500-acre estate overlooked by the Grade II-listed, 18th-century Bretton Hall.The open-air gallery is free to enter but parking costs £8 for a full day’s visit, the proceeds of which contribute to substantial running costs. This still represents impressive value, with a good three hours needed to fully appreciate every area and exhibition in detail. Eighty per cent of the exhibits are to be discovered outside on a scenic amble through country fields, but there is the indoor Longside Gallery that has housed work by the likes of Yinka Shonibare, Joan Miró, Williams Turnbull, Fiona Banner, Ai Weiwei and Antony Gormley.Sophie Ryder’s giant humanoid rabbits in various poses are some of the most arresting and thought-provoking pieces outdoors, alongside other striking works of wrought iron, stone or wood by artists such as Roger Hiorns, Sol LeWitt, Dennis Oppenheim, Martin Creed, Anthony Caro and Magdalena Abakanowicz.From Bretton’s neatly manicured lawns, the tour takes in sheep, shaggy-haired cattle, the lake, woodland and a viewpoint atop the hill that offers breathtaking views of the countryside. Foul weather can hamper attempts to visit every sculpture on the est

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Theatre shows in Leeds
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Art exhibitions in Leeds
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Art exhibitions in Leeds

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Where to see art in Leeds

Leeds Art Gallery
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Leeds Art Gallery

Soak up centuries of creativity at this long-standing institution, with the likes of Rodin, Turner and Henry Moore all on display

Henry Moore Institute
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Henry Moore Institute

For a true insight into three-dimensional art forms, the Henry Moore Institute is a must-see

The Gallery at Munro House
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The Gallery at Munro House

A modern art space with a diverse mix of well-established and emerging talents

White Cloth Gallery
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White Cloth Gallery

The uber-modern White Cloth Gallery focuses on some seriously impressive photography and film

Temple Newsam
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Temple Newsam

This glorious gallery is worth the trip for the acres of parkland and sculpted gardens alone

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