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Royal Armouries Museum

Home to over 8,000 artefacts that span more than 3,000 years of military history, this free attraction houses the national collection of arms and armour. From Henry VIII's tournament armour to an armoured battle elephant, this fascinating collection aims to educate visitors about the causes and consequences of conflict. There are plenty of interactive displays and live battle re-enactments ensuring that is a great hit with younger visitors too. There's also an outdoor falconry display and jousting and horse shows from April to October.

Address: , Armouries Drive, Leeds,
Telephone: (0113) 220 1999.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1700.

Website: http://www.royalarmouries.org
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Abbey House Museum and Kirkstall Abbey

Built in 1152 by Cistercian monks on land that was originally bequeathed to Ilbert de Lacy in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, Kirkstall Abbey has had many famous owners and inhabitants over the years including Henry VIII, who took it over in 1539. Today, the house and abbey form part of a living, breathing museum complex with plenty of interactive displays and exhibits offering a glimpse into life in Victorian England. The abbey itself is one of the most complete examples of a Cistercian abbey in Britain and is set in wonderful parklands by the River Aire. A market is also held in the grounds once a month between March and October.

Address: Abbey Road, Abbey Walk, Kirkstall,
Telephone: (0113) 230 5492.
Opening times:

Tue-Fri 1000-1700, Sat1200-1700, Sun 1000-1700.

Website: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/abbeyhouse
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Tropical World

Located by sprawling Roundhay Park, this is a must for animal-lovers. Check out the cute family of meerkats, the stars of the attraction, as well as crocodiles, lemurs, exotic fish, reptiles, butterflies, bats and snakes amid a steamy, sticky jungle environment. It's a fantastic place for families.

Address: , Canal Gardens, Roundhay Park, Leeds,
Telephone: (0113) 395 7400.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1800 (summer); daily 1000-1600 (winter).

Website: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/leisure/Pages/Tropical-World.aspx
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Thackray Museum

This award-winning museum tells the story of the history of medicine through the use of interactive exhibits and displays. Learn about 19th-century amputation procedures, bedbugs and other common illnesses and ailments, about the developments in assisting childbirth since the Victorian era, about modern operating techniques, and much more. One of the highlights is the children's interactive Life Zone, with a dedicated room for the under-fives.

Address: , Beckett Street, Leeds,
Telephone: (0113) 244 4343.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1700.

Website: http://www.thackraymuseum.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Henry Moore Institute

Entered through a doorway in an imposing black granite wall, the Henry Moore Institute is dedicated to sculpture. Exhibits range from classical sculpture through to contemporary works and include pieces by Henry Moore, who was born in the nearby town of Castleford. The building contains a research area, library and sculpture archive and hosts a changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year.

Address: , 74 The Headrow, Leeds,
Telephone: (0113) 246 7467.
Opening times:

Galleries: Tues-Sun 1100-1730.

Website: http://www.henry-moore-fdn.co.uk
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Leeds Art Gallery

Home to one of the best collections of 20th-century British Art outside London, the Leeds Art Gallery offers art lovers a great mix of works ranging from traditional prints and watercolours to paintings and sculptures.

Address: , The Headrow, Leeds,
Telephone: (0113) 247 8256.
Opening times:

Mon-Tues and Thurs-Sat 1000-1700, Wed 1200 – 1700, Sun 1300-1700.

Website: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Leeds City Museum

Explore four floors of galleries in this diverse museum. Highlights include a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy, fossils, Roman statues and Greek pottery. There's also a special exhibition on Africa until the end of the year and a chance to learn about Leeds's history from prehistoric times to the present day.

Address: , Millennium Square, Leeds,
Telephone: (0113) 224 3732.
Opening times:

Tues, Wed, Fri 1000-1700, Thurs 1000-1900, Sat-Sun 1100-1700.

Website: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Tourist Offices

Leeds Visitor Centre

Address: , Leeds City Train Station, Leeds, LS1 1PL
Telephone: (0113) 242 5242.
Opening times:

Mon 1000-1900, Tue-Fri 0900-1900, Sat 0900-1730, Sun 1000-1600.

Website: http://www.visitleeds.co.uk

Tourist passes

Available from Leeds City Council (tel: (0113) 222 4444; www.leeds.gov.uk), the LeedsCard entitles the bearer to discounts and special offers at some of the council's sport and leisure facilities, visitor attractions, museums and concert halls.

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Malmaison

In a grand former bus and tram office, the Leeds branch of this popular chain offers stylish and contemporary rooms that all come with CD and DVD players as standard by the River Aire. There are 100 stylish rooms while British classics feature strongly on the menu.

Travelodge Leeds Central

This hotel offers good value, functional rooms at a convenient location that's close to the train station.

Quebecs

A Grade II listed boutique hotel with 45 rooms, this proper offers refined, classic and contemporary furnishings. Built in 1891 as the former liberal club, it offers a distinctive terracotta facade, wrought iron gates, Corinthian columns and stained glass windows. It's been voted one the world's top 80 hotels by Conde Nast Traveller.

Oak Villa B&B

This charming friendly B&B is situated close to Headingley Cricket Ground and is set in the heart of a pleasant wooded conservation area. The Victorian house has free parking Wi-Fi and a licensed bar. Some rooms have en-suites and there are different sized rooms. The hotel is just 1.5 miles from the city centre.

Met Hotel

This fabulously-ornate Grade II listed building has recently been refurbished and offers guests elegant, spacious rooms, a terracotta exterior and ornate furnishings. It's located in the business district but is still close to all the restaurant, shops and nightlife action.

Queens Hotel

For location, this landmark hotel is unbeatable. Adjacent to the railway station and overlooking City Square, it's a stone's throw from all the action. With 215 rooms, an executive floor and two dining options, it is a large hotel with plenty of amenities and top notch service.