Museums and parks
The riverside Royal Armouries
is one of several unusual museums in the city – an exploration of military history, with brilliant displays of uniforms and real jousting by knights in armour. Leeds City Museum
, on Millennium Square, tells the story of the town. Away from the city bustle, relax among exotic plants and animals at Tropical World
in Roundhay Park
, or take a trip out to stately Harewood House
in wooded farm country on the edge of Leeds.
Elegant shopping arcades
Leeds is a leading shopping city, especially for upmarket fashions and home furnishings, with elegant arcades leading off wide traffic-free shopping streets like Briggate
. The arcades of the Victoria Quarter
in the city centre have a luxurious feel, with leading international designers among the familiar high-street chains. The traditional Edwardian indoor Kirkgate Market
, with over 800 traders, is a fun place to find bargains.
The richly restored Victorian splendour of Leeds Grand Theatre
puts on a broad spectrum of variety shows, theatre, ballet and classical music, and is the home of northern England’s national opera company, Opera North
. Leeds leads the way for late- night bars
, with dozens of venues around city- centre streets The Calls
. Youthful Headingley
, two miles away, is lively with affordable dining and popular pubs showcasing live entertainment.