Things to do in Leeds during the Summer Holidays – Part Two
As a large and vibrant City, there are many things to do and places to see in Leeds. Several of them were outlined in this earlier post. Here we are once again briefly reviewing places that are free or reasonably priced places to visit in and around Leeds.
Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills traces the industrial heritage of Leeds. It combines artefacts, some very large, with interactive displays. The museum has reconstructed Victorian Cottages, a waterwheel, media galleries and a 1920’s cinema. The museum charges a small fee, discounted for families. It is located two miles from the City Centre but is easily accessible on public transport. Armley Mills Museum.
Granary Wharf offers a variety of things without actually having one specific place to go and see. The regeneration of the area led to the development of several very well thought of restaurants and bars. There are some nice canal-side seats that can be used for simply resting and relaxing. The wharf is also close to the starting point of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal and lots of Industrial architecture is on show. Granary Wharf Website.
Thackray Medical Museum
Thackray Medical Museum is located in the grounds of Saint James’ Hospital. The museum provides a reconstruction of a Leeds street in the depths of the Industrial Revolution: it is quite easy to see why disease was so prevalent then! There’s a reconstruction of surgery from that period as well: quite gory. There are some traditional galleries and plenty of artefacts on show for more mature visitors. Younger visitors enjoy some of the hands on areas which have been redeveloped with younger, primary school aged children in mind. The museum has a nice cafe. There is limited parking available at the museum, though it has got it’s own car park. It, and the adjoining hospital, are on numerous bus routes. Museum website.
Henry Moore Institute
Located on the Headrow in Leeds City Centre, the Institute is as central as possible. Boasting a wide range of resources based on Henry Moore, the Institute also offers a range of exhibitions and galleries. Current exhibitions – correct on 23 July – are based around Charity and Justice and a larger exhibition across three galleries on the theme of Sculpture and Prosthetics. Current and future exhibitions are listed here.