Free or Cheap Things to Do in Leeds

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Free or Cheap Things to Do in Leeds

Whether you’re out with the family, friends, or even seeking some solo adventures, Leeds has plenty of free activities to keep you entertained.

If you’re on a budget, it doesn’t mean you have to stay at home! Who says having fun has to cost a fortune? Not in Leeds! There are lots of ways to enjoy a day out in and around the city without spending a single penny.

From idyllic parks and fascinating museums to vibrant markets and historic arcades, Leeds is bursting with wallet-friendly adventures. So grab your walking shoes and get ready to explore the best free attractions this dynamic city has to offer!

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Leeds is full of hundreds of incredible green spaces with lots of free things to do. Want to know where to go? We’ve got you covered! Here are some of the most popular parks and nature spots to discover something new.

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Roundhay Park lake with Swans and Geese

One of the largest urban parks in Europe, Roundhay Park boasts over 700-acres to explore. This beloved park is free for the public of all ages and interests to enjoy, offering beautiful lakes and streams, specialist flower gardens, and a variety of sports pitches.

Want to get active with your friends and family? Take advantage of the free facilities, including all-weather cricket pitches, tennis courts, cycling, skating, and even fishing spots on the lake. Feeling competitive? Roundhay Park hosts a free parkrun at 9am every Saturday, open to all abilities. Just register before attending your first one!

The little ones will be spoiled for choice with two adventure-filled playgrounds in the park. And on a stroll around the tranquil lake, you can stop to feed the swans – a classic family pastime. Most of the paths are accessible for wheelchairs and buggies, making it a great spot for everyone to enjoy the outdoors.

Find out more about Roundhay Park

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Kirkstall Abbey In Bloom in the Spring

Step back in time and explore the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, a well-preserved Cistercian monastery. Visit the interactive visitors center to discover the history and what life was once like at the Abbey, all without spending a penny.

With over 7-acres of lush grass within the grounds and incredible views, Kirkstall Abbey is one of the top picnic spots in Leeds. From around the end of March until November, you can also indulge at the Kirkstall Abbey Outdoor Market, where you’ll find artisanal delights like handmade crafts, gifts, and foods from all over the world.

The tarmac paths around the grounds are wheelchair and pushchair friendly, ensuring everyone can enjoy this historical gem.

Insider tip: Keep an eye out for special events at the Abbey, like open-air theater performances in the summer!

Find out more about Kirkstall Abbey

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Meanwood Valley Local Nature Reserve path to The Hollies

On the edge of Meanwood Valley, Meanwood Park is a great place for a picnic, walk, run, and break from the city. This green space is brimming with wildlife, trails to explore, sports facilities, and a revamped children’s playground.

Feeling sporty? Rally your crew and take advantage of the park’s multi-use games area, perfect for basketball, futsal, table tennis, or tennis on a hard court. The new playground has incorporated biodiversity into the play equipment, with planting and bug hotels combining with spaced-out play installations for an immersive nature experience.

For a scenic adventure, venture down the Meanwood Valley Trail. This 7-mile route is described as a “green artery,” taking you on a beautiful journey through the natural and cultural history of the valley. With hidden gems and wildlife surprises around every bend, it’s the perfect way to explore the stunning Meanwood Valley Nature Reserve and its diverse flora and fauna.

Want to support your local community? Friends of Meanwood Park offers volunteering opportunities to help care for the local wildlife. The main footpaths in the park are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, though caution may be required on uneven woodland surfaces.

Fun fact: The Meanwood Valley Trail follows the route of the old “Meanwood Beck,” a stream that powered watermills in the area for centuries!

Find out more about the Meanwood Valley Trail

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View over Otley Chevin Forest Park from a grassy field

Discover weaving paths, impressive woodlands, and spectacular views at Chevin Forest Park. Consisting of over 445-acres of paths and trails through beautiful woodlands, this dedicated nature reserve and site of natural interest provides stunning vistas over the glorious Wharfe Valley and market town of Otley.

During autumn, visitors can book a ‘Fungus Walk’ to unearth the interesting mushrooms in the area. Keep an eye out for the many species of birds flying around, or if you’re really quiet, you may spot a roe deer galloping between the trees.

Looking for a fun family activity? Try geocaching! There are at least 7-geocaches hidden in Otley Chevin and a surprise multicache. Make sure to replace any hidden items you find with one of your own for the next player. Or give orienteering a go, with two permanent courses set up on the Danesfield side of the Chevin, the easier one being perfect for children.

Insider tip: For the best views, head to “Surprise View” on East Chevin Road. You won’t be disappointed!

Find out more about Otley Chevin

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Bramley Fall Woods canal in sunshine

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is a 127-mile waterway linking the cities of Leeds and Liverpool, crossing the Pennines and including 91-locks on the main line. No other canal has been established and built to connect two cities that were further apart.

Walking, boating, wildlife-watching, and all-round relaxation can all be discovered along the canal. It’s the perfect place to take a stroll or cycle, taking in some magnificent countryside, industrial heritage, and iconic feats of engineering such as the Five Rise Locks.

Want to explore more? Take a detour off the canal and visit historical sites like Leeds Industrial Museum, or find a range of walking routes on and around the Leeds-Liverpool canal from the Canal Trust’s route finder

Fun fact: The Leeds-Liverpool Canal took an astonishing 46-years to complete, with construction starting in 1770 and finishing in 1816! 

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Leeds has a family of heritage sites, museums, country house estates, and a flagship art gallery. Leeds Museums and Galleries is the largest local authority-run museum service in England, existing to collect, preserve, and interpret historic, cultural, and scientific collections and places, using them as inspiration for educating, entertaining, and inspiring the people of Leeds.

Best of all, the museums and galleries below are all free to enjoy! 

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Discover six galleries across four floors and get to know the history of Leeds and its people at Leeds City Museum. Get close to amazing animals, uncover buried archaeological treasures, and explore the incredible story of Leeds history. 

The museum hosts a range of exhibitions every year, along with engaging events for everyone to take part in. Explore the Life on Earth gallery with its 800,000 animals, vegetables, and minerals, or delve into The Collectors Cabinet to see what people in Leeds were collecting from 1700 onwards. 

The Worldview gallery offers cultural spotlights from across the world, while The Leeds Story shares the tales that have shaped the city. And in the Ancient Worlds gallery, get transported back in time and find out how Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans lived. 

During the school holidays, you can expect all kinds of activities and events at Leeds City Museum, ensuring fun for the whole family.

Insider tip: Don’t miss the Leeds Tiger, a gigantic taxidermy Bengal tiger that’s been a star of the museum since 1862!

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Part of Leeds University Library Galleries, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery was established in 1970 at the heart of the University of Leeds campus. It houses one of the city’s finest art collections, with over 500-pieces, including works by esteemed artists like JMW Turner, Barbara Hepworth, and Patrick Heron, scattered around the university campus.

The University’s exceptional art collection includes stunning examples of European and British painting, drawings, and prints from the 17th century to the present day, as well as small collections of sculpture, ceramics, miniatures, and photographs. The gallery is a good place to start before hunting down other treasures on the campus-wide art trail.

Insider tip: Check the gallery’s website for free talks, tours, and workshops that offer fascinating insights into the artworks and artists.

Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery presents a dynamic exhibition programme and holds a significant collection of modern and contemporary British art. Immerse yourself in the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, which are Designated as being of national and international significance. The collection has particular strengths in the areas of 18th and early 19th-century English watercolors, 20th-century British Art, and a modern sculpture collection more extensive than any other regional gallery in the UK.

Enjoy free events and sessions, including playful crafting, creative workshops, youth collectives, and dances. And don’t miss the green-tiled Hall Cafe, where you can sit down for a drink and a bite to eat while admiring the stunning surroundings.

Fun fact: The Leeds Art Gallery building was originally constructed in 1888 as a public library, designed by W.H. Thorp. It became the city’s Art Gallery in 1888.

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While not completely free, you can visit Leeds Industrial Museum for just £1 – an absolute bargain for the fascinating experience that awaits! This museum showcases the city’s industrial heritage with collections of textile machinery, railway equipment, and heavy engineering.

Explore the Picture House, home to one of the smallest 1920s cinemas in the world, or discover the evolution of photography and cameras in the Media Gallery. The Tailoring Gallery highlights the high street revolution that boomed in Leeds, while the Powerhouse features steam engines, both large and small. Step into a Victorian home in the Manager’s Cottage, and stroll through the Colour Garden to see the flowers used to create dyes for wool.

There are plenty of family-friendly sessions, school holiday activities, and a range of adult and community events to take part in. It might not be free, but there’s not much else you can experience like this for £1 anywhere.

Insider tip: Look out for the museum’s special Steam Days, where you can see some of the massive mill engines in action! 

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Leeds developed as a mill town during the Industrial Revolution alongside other surrounding villages and towns in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It was also known for its flax industry, iron foundries, engineering, and printing, as well as shopping, with several surviving Victorian-era arcades, such as Kirkgate Market.

What’s left are some amazing historical sites that need to be visited to fully appreciate the history of Leeds.

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Step inside a true icon of Leeds’ architectural heritage: The Corn Exchange has been a magnet of commerce since it was built in the 19th century. Located at the north end of Briggate, it was opened in 1829. Originally a place where merchants traded grains, the word “corn” in British English denotes all cereal grains, such as wheat and barley. 

The building, designed by Hull architect Cuthbert Brodrick in the Italianate style, was completed in 1863. Built in stone with diamond-shaped rustication, it’s an architectural gem that will take your breath away. Now, the exchange is a family of independents, united by their creativity and passion. The Corn Exchange has also served as a venue for music events such as the South Asian Arts UK Summer Solstice Festival. 

Soak up the atmosphere and walk around the Corn Exchange, absorbing the sights, smells, and sounds, to get a true sense of one of the most historically rich hubs in the city. 

Insider tip: Visit on a weekend to catch the Corn Exchange’s Indie Makers Markets, showcasing the best of Leeds’ creative community.

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The Calls is an area and street by the River Aire in Leeds city center. The name most likely derives from the Northern English dialect word “caul,” meaning “weir.”

Formerly an area of industry, the decline began in the early 20th century when Leeds’ industry moved away from the center out towards Hunslet, Holbeck, Armley, and Kirkstall. The Calls are now a mixture of residential and leisure, with the latter providing a lively place to soak up the city’s vibrant atmosphere, particularly along Call Lane with its eclectic mix of bars and restaurants to eat, drink, and dance the night away.

Fancy something a bit different? Walking along the river in the Calls is a great way to see one of the most historic areas of the city. If you don’t fancy stretching your legs, you could always take the yellow Dutch water taxi from Leeds Dock to Granary Wharf, giving you a different visual perspective of the Calls from the water. 

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Outdoor seating at Whitelock's Ale House with patrons enjoying drinks and conversation in a narrow, sunlit alleyway adorned with hanging lanterns and floral decorations.

Step inside a true icon of Leeds’ pub scene: Whitelock’s Ale House, where history and hops collide in the most delightful way. As the city’s oldest pub, Whitelock’s Ale House has been serving up good times and great ales for over 300 years – talk about standing the test of time! 

This historic 1715 pub features a charming Victorian interior and serves hearty British food alongside top-notch local ales and craft beers. With its etched glass, ceramic tiles, dark wood paneling, and copper and marble detailing, Whitelock’s is a true gem that will transport you back in time. 

It doesn’t cost you a thing to sit in the pub and soak up the history, even if you end up spending a little on a pint of delicious local ale or a filling plate of pub grub. Trust us, this little spot is a must-visit for those wanting to experience one of Leeds’ best-loved public houses. 

Insider tip: Pop in on a Sunday for their legendary roast dinner – it’s the ultimate comfort food!

Find out more about Whitelock’s Ale House

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While Harewood House might have a pricey entry cost, the grounds around the house are free to explore on foot. But did you know there’s a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered?

Henry Lascelles bought the Harewood and Gawthorpe estates in 1738, with the family fortunes coming from sugar and slaves in Barbados and Jamaica, a dark history that can’t be ignored.

Within the vast estate grounds lies a hidden gem: Harewood Castle, a 14th-century stone hall house and courtyard fortress that has been mysteriously abandoned. Located on the edge of the estate, finding this hidden castle isn’t as hard as it might seem – it’s like a real-life treasure hunt!

Park on the housing estate and walk down the path under the bridge. Follow the path through the woods, and voila! you will find Harewood Castle. It’s surprising how easy it is to get to, yet it remains hidden and hardly noticed – a true off-the-beaten-path adventure.

History fact: Harewood Castle was once a grand residence, but fell into ruin after the English Civil War in the 17th century.

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Leeds has long been known for its energy and innovation, but now this former industrial powerhouse has a culturally playful side to it too – and it’s just waiting for you to explore!

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All around the city center, large-scale murals are creeping over red brick cracks and climbing high-rise walls. Many have sprung up thanks to East Street Arts’ City Less Grey project, which is also responsible for a new, two-storey mural on Mabgate by Portuguese artist Add Fuel, a vibrant nod to the neighborhood’s ceramics heritage.

Fancy an art hunt? Winifred by Qubek is one you won’t want to miss. Hidden away between York Place and Park Place in the city’s business district, this design brings together the famous elephant armor found at the Royal Armouries, historic mills, and the white rose of Yorkshire – a true feast for the eyes!

It’s difficult to miss the awe-inspiring Athena Rising, which can be found on the towering Platform building on New Station Street. Designed by Manchester-based graffiti artists Nomad Clan, the piece features the city’s mascot, the owl, a popular feature of street art across the city, as well as a moon and crown – it’s a real showstopper!

On the Calls, you will come across You&Me, Me&You, designed by Anthony Burrill, an alumnus of Leeds Beckett. This piece displays a message of unity during a time when the world has felt divided – a poignant reminder of the power of togetherness.

Want to see them all? Embark on the Leeds Street Art Trail and discover the city’s vibrant urban canvas for yourself! 

Insider tip: Keep your eyes peeled for smaller, hidden street art gems tucked away in the city’s nooks and crannies – you never know what you might find!

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The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery mentions the Leeds University art trail as a great way to continue your artistic adventure after a visit to the gallery. 

The university has recognised the importance of situating works of art on campus, with Council member and philanthropist Stanley Burton particularly championing its inclusion. It’s for these reasons that the University of Leeds Public Art Trail includes works by renowned sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, alongside contemporary artists who’ve exhibited at prestigious institutions including the Welcome Collection and Tate St Ives.

The trail begins in the Parkinson Court on campus, outside The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, and takes in a total of 17 captivating installations. These include Walking Figure by William Chattaway in Parkinson Court itself, inspired by Giacometti’s trademark physical forms, and replaced in 1989 after students damaged the original, with one leg destroyed beyond repair – a testament to the power of art to endure and overcome.

Download the public art trail at the University of Leeds, which tells the stories of individual works, their creators and patrons, and provides their locations across the campus – it’s like having your very own art historian in your pocket!.

Fun fact: The University of Leeds campus is home to Michael Lyons’ Dual Form, which, at 6 meters tall, is one of the tallest freestanding sculptures in the UK!

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Leeds is a shopper’s paradise – a retail wonderland where you can find everything your heart desires! With its compact and walkable city center, Leeds is renowned for its markets and independent shops. Yorkshire’s largest city comes in strong for culture, commerce, and joyful consumerism; there are few finer spots – and we’re here to show you where to go!

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Step onto Vicar Lane and be greeted by the stunning façade of Kirkgate Market, with the southern face looking onto Kirkgate. With its art nouveau steeples and domes punctuating the skyline, the Grade-I listed market hall stands out with its structure.

Venture to the rear and you’ll find three blocks of stalls, denoted by the colour of their roofs (blue, red, and yellow) with green-roofed stalls at the bottom – a veritable rainbow of retail delights!

Inside, stalls sell everything from vinyl records and yucca plants to cinder toffee, veggie thalis, and Yorkshire pudding wraps – you’re not going to leave hungry! But that’s not all – There’s an Asian Bazaar every Wednesday morning and a farmers market held on Briggate every first and third Sunday of the month.

Want to dive deeper into the market’s history? Excellent monthly heritage tours (free) help visitors navigate the treats on offer, venture up to the normally out-of-bounds balcony, and hear about the market’s eventful past. 

Insider tip: Don’t miss the famous Kirkgate fishmongers – their catch of the day is always fresh and delicious!

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A little journey north to the Leeds University campus in Woodhouse will bring you to the M&S Archive – a fascinating trip down memory lane for one of Britain’s most beloved brands. Marks & Spencer started life as a penny bazaar on Kirkgate Market in 1884, and the small, yet hands-on, exhibition at its company archive uses vintage prints and packaging to chart the nation’s social history from 1884 to the present day – it’s like stepping into a time machine!

This free interactive museum is a playful way to explore how one of the nation’s best-loved businesses started life in Leeds – and trust us, you’ll never look at M&S the same way again!

Fun fact: The M&S Archive is home to over 70,000 items, including clothes, food packaging, and even a replica of the company’s first market stall!

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Step back in time and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of The Grand Arcade, nestled in the heart of Leeds’ vibrant Northern Quarter. As you wander through this historic gem, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the captivating charm of a bygone era. With the iconic Grand Theatre just a stone’s throw away, The Grand Arcade stands as one of the oldest and most beloved shopping destinations in Leeds city centre – a true testament to the city’s rich retail heritage.

Designed by the renowned architects Smith and Tweedale, this architectural marvel seamlessly blends Renaissance elegance with hints of Art Nouveau flair. From the moment you set foot inside, you’ll be greeted by exquisite tiled floors, exposed beams, and arched windows that transport you to a world of timeless beauty. The quaint storefronts, adorned with intricate balusters and finials, beckon you to explore the treasure trove of independent retailers within – each one a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

But The Grand Arcade is more than just a shopping destination; it’s a place where you can lose yourself in the joy of discovery. Take your time browsing the eclectic mix of shops, each offering a unique selection of items that reflect the heart and soul of Leeds. And when you’re ready to take a break, the inviting cafes and bars dotted throughout the arcade provide the perfect respite. Sit back, relax, and let the hours slip away as you soak in the enchanting atmosphere of this timeless sanctuary.

Insider tip: Keep an eye out for the arcade’s stunning glass roof – it’s a work of art in itself!

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Prepare to be transported to a world of Victorian splendor as you step into the magnificent Queens Arcade. As the second shopping arcade to grace the streets of Leeds, this architectural gem has been captivating visitors since 1888. Built on the site of the former Rose and Crown Yard, the arcade was named in honor of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, a testament to its regal allure – and trust us, it lives up to its name!

Designed by the renowned London architect and arcade expert Edward Clark, the Queens Arcade exudes an air of grandeur and sophistication. Originally home to a hotel, the arcade has since transformed into a haven for both independent and big brand stores – a perfect blend of old-world charm and modern convenience. As you explore the elegant walkways, take a moment to admire the intricate details that adorn every corner, from the ornate ceilings to the beautifully crafted storefronts – it’s like stepping into a real-life fairy tale!

Whether you’re on the hunt for unique treasures or seeking out your favorite high street brands, the Queens Arcade has something for everyone. Lose yourself in the thrill of discovery as you wander from shop to shop, each offering a carefully curated selection of goods. And when you need a moment to catch your breath, simply find a quiet spot to sit and let the timeless beauty of this Victorian masterpiece wash over you – it’s the ultimate shopping therapy!

Fun fact: The Queens Arcade was once home to the city’s first public library, which opened in 1890!

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Prepare to be dazzled by the opulent splendor of the Victoria Quarter, a shopping destination like no other in Leeds. This magnificent arcade is the brainchild of Frank Matcham, the visionary architect behind the iconic London Coliseum and over 200 other theaters – so you know it’s going to be spectacular! Opened in 1904, the Victoria Quarter consists of two stunning arcades connected by parallel streets, creating a seamless and enchanting shopping experience that will take your breath away.

As you step inside, your gaze will be immediately drawn upwards to the breathtaking stained glass canopy that crowns the arcade. This masterpiece of design has earned its own individual award, a testament to its unparalleled beauty. The vibrant colours and intricate patterns cast a mesmerising glow, bathing the arcade in a warm and inviting light – it’s like walking through a kaleidoscope!

The shops that occupy this resplendent arcade are a reflection of its grandeur, featuring an array of high-end brands that cater to the most discerning tastes. From the flagship Harvey Nichols store to an exquisite selection of luxury boutiques, the Victoria Quarter is a paradise for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Whether you’re in search of the latest fashion trends, exquisite jewelry, or premium beauty products, you’ll find it all within these opulent walls. So come, indulge your senses, and discover the epitome of sophistication at the Victoria Quarter – it’s a shopping experience like no other!

Insider tip: Don’t miss the Victoria Quarter’s stunning Christmas decorations – they’re a sight to behold!

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Embark on a thrilling journey of discovery at the Leeds Discovery Centre, where history and culture come alive in the most captivating way. This state-of-the-art museum storage facility is home to an astonishing 1.2 million objects, each with its own fascinating story to tell. From awe-inspiring elephant skulls to ancient medieval log boats, delicate mummy bandages, and intriguing meteorites, the Leeds Discovery Centre is a treasure trove of wonders waiting to be explored – and the best part? It’s completely free!

Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of hands-on exploration, where you can delve into the depths of the natural world, uncover the secrets of human history, and marvel at the ingenuity of our ancestors. The Leeds Discovery Centre offers a range of engaging activities, thought-provoking exhibitions, and interactive workshops that will ignite your curiosity and inspire you to learn more – it’s the ultimate playground for curious minds!

Join the expert guides on a thrilling tour of the museum store, where you’ll have the opportunity to handle real artifacts and uncover the intriguing stories behind them. Whether you’re a budding scientist, a history enthusiast, or simply someone who loves to learn, the Leeds Discovery Centre has something to capture your imagination. So why wait? Check out the upcoming learning opportunities and embark on an unforgettable adventure of discovery today – your mind will thank you!

Fun fact: The Leeds Discovery Centre is home to a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy called Nesyamun, who was a priest in the temple of Amun in Thebes!

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Step into a world of endless possibilities at the Leeds Central Library, a magnificent grade-II listed building that has been a beacon of knowledge and inspiration since its opening in 1884. Housing the city library service’s single largest general lending and reference collection, this iconic institution is a treasure trove waiting to be explored by curious minds of all ages – and the best part? It’s completely free!

For children, the library is a magical gateway to adventure, where their imaginations can run wild and free. Picture them exploring the shelves, discovering new worlds, and falling in love with reading as they uncover the works of beloved authors. From borrowing books to enjoying them in the comfort of your own home, the Leeds Central Library makes it easy and accessible for everyone to embark on a lifelong love affair with literature – no matter your age or background!

But the library offers so much more than just books. It’s a vibrant community hub that hosts a variety of family-friendly events, catering to children of all ages. Older kids can unleash their inner tech wizards at the Saturday morning Code Club, while little ones can join in the fun at the enchanting Story & Rhyme sessions – it’s never too early to start fostering a love of learning! And with free access to computers and Wi-Fi, as well as the friendly guidance of the library staff, the Leeds Central Library is the perfect place to explore, learn, and grow together as a family – because knowledge is power!

Insider tip: Don’t miss the library’s stunning tiled entrance hall – it’s a true work of art!

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Prepare for an unforgettable adventure at the Royal Armouries, a national museum that brings the fascinating world of arms and armor to life. As one of the best free things to do with kids in Leeds, this incredible institution is a must-visit for families seeking an enriching and engaging experience – and trust us, it’s sure to capture the imagination of even the most reluctant history buffs!

Step into a realm where history comes alive as you explore the museum’s five captivating galleries, each brimming with an astounding array of objects that tell the story of human conflict and its impact on our world. From ancient battles to modern-day warfare, the Royal Armouries takes you on a riveting journey through time, showcasing the evolution of arms and armour and the ways in which they have shaped our society – it’s like stepping into a real-life time machine!

Marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship of the “Writhen Hilt” sword, with its intricately entwined branches, and be captivated by the ornately engraved LePage-Moutier double shotgun. But perhaps the most intriguing exhibit of all is the mysterious vampire-killing kit, which is sure to ignite the imaginations of both young and old alike – who knew vampire hunting could be so fascinating?. With so much to see and discover, the Royal Armouries is an immersive and educational experience that will leave you and your children with lasting memories and a newfound appreciation for the incredible world of arms and armour.

Fun fact: The Royal Armouries is home to the world’s oldest known surviving gun, dating back to 1400!

Find out more about the Royal Armouries

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Woodhouse Moor Skate Park

Attention all skaters and BMXers! If you’re looking for a place to hone your skills and showcase your talent, look no further than Woodhouse Moor Skatepark. This inner-city haven, built in 2003 by the council, has become a beloved destination for those seeking an adrenaline rush and a supportive community of like-minded individuals – and trust us, it’s the place to be!

The skatepark boasts an impressive layout, split into three well-spaced sections that cater to various skill levels and riding styles. The transition section features two facing quarter pipes with a spine and adjoining roll-over, as well as two back-to-back quarters with a platform in between, offering endless opportunities for creative lines and thrilling tricks. Meanwhile, the street section is a paradise for technical riders, with flat banks, quarter pipes, and a hubba running along the middle of the driveway – it’s like a giant playground for skaters and BMXers alike!

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, Woodhouse Moor Skatepark provides a safe and welcoming environment where you can push your limits and express yourself through the art of skating or BMXing. So grab your board or bike, head over to this urban oasis, and join the vibrant community of riders who have made this park their second home. Get ready to shred, make new friends, and experience the rush of adrenaline that only comes from mastering a new trick or conquering a challenging obstacle – it’s the ultimate thrill!

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Get ready to embark on an exciting adventure with Love Exploring, the free and fun way to encourage families to be active together while discovering the hidden gems of Leeds. This innovative app harnesses the magic of augmented reality to bring the city’s parks and cultural treasures to life, right on your smartphone – it’s like having a tour guide in your pocket!

Imagine stepping into a world where dinosaurs roam, fairies dance, and bugs scurry beneath your feet. With Love Exploring, these fantastical realms become a reality, transforming your everyday surroundings into enchanting playgrounds for the imagination. From thrilling Dinosaur Trails to whimsical Fairy Walks and fascinating Bug Hunts, there’s always a new adventure waiting to be discovered – and the best part? It’s all completely free!

But the fun doesn’t stop there! Love Exploring offers over 20 captivating walking trails, each designed to showcase the unique character and beauty of Leeds. Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of street art with the city centre’s ever-growing collection, or find inner peace on the tranquil Mindfulness Trail in Roundhay Park. With games and guided trails suitable for all ages, Love Exploring is the perfect way to spend quality time with your loved ones while staying active and exploring the wonders of your city – it’s like a real-life treasure hunt!. So why wait? Download the app today and let the adventure begin!

Fun fact: The Love Exploring app has been downloaded over 50,000 times since its launch in 2020 – that’s a lot of adventurers!

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Ben Fraser

Ben is a big fan of the outdoors, whether it’s running through Leeds’ many parks or exploring them with his son. Working as a Development Officer for children and young people, he’s all about encouraging more movement and better well-being. He’s keen on discovering how the city’s green spaces can promote more play and activity for everyone. And he’s always on the lookout for the next best place for food and drink in Leeds!


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