Top Free Things to do in Leeds – Galleries, Libraries, Museums and More

Best things in life never come for a price, and Leeds has no exception. Reveling in some praiseworthy lark won’t cost you a hard-earned penny. Leeds is full of world-class museums and galleries to sightseeing in one of the best-loved businesses in Britain. So, get ready to feast your eyes for free.

The Tetley
Covering the space left by the oldest brewery in Leeds, The Tetley established in late 2013 and has become the destination to enjoy modern, drool-worthy screenings, art exhibitions, fairs and talks. The building is a blocky art deco with original features of brewery in itself and it is definitely worth a visit if you are a lone. The restaurant and bar downstairs are good for hearty food and real ale.

Leeds Art Gallery
Known for hosting the best collection of 20th century British art at London outskirts and the ‘national importance’ Leeds Art Gallery is definitely worth a visit. The permanent collection of the art gallery covers the masterpieces by Paula Rego, JMW Turner, Francis Bacon, Rembrandt, and William Holman Hunt, while a devoted team offers ever-changing, inspiring exhibitions having works by Grayson Perry, Damien Hirst, and David Hockney.

Royal Armouries
Nowadays, Leeds is known at its best for shopping and real ale pubs. But Royal Armouries are still better and happening place to get back to memory lane and witness the traditional horseback jousting contest. Along with those medieval activities, you can also witness around 70000 artilleries, arms, fetching suits dating back to somewhere around the Romans.

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Named as a tribute to two cultural social workers, this art gallery is based in Parkinson Building and has programme of exhibitions that change on regular basis, including illustrations, ceramics, printing, painting, and textile art.

Well, the best attraction is perhaps its workshops. All of these exhibitions are free but they often ask for refundable deposit as they are very popular. The classes are often led by the artists.

Henry Moore Institute
The addition to creativity is like a drug. The obsession changes from time to time, but the thrill and excitement of creation last for ages. There is nothing more accurate than the observation from the well-known sculptor in the Henry Moore Institute. In 1993, a striking black granite formation was built. There are four galleries in the education centre where they showcase the sculpture and installation art from different parts of the world.

Leeds City Museum
A cheerful epitome of Victorian taxidermy which is secured against destruction from public lobby, Leeds Tiger is the center of attraction in Leeds Museum. It is one of the hottest favorite visits in Leeds for free. Reopened after 40 years of hiatus in 2008, the museum is best to learn about the history of city and the iconic “Leeds mummy”, Nesyamun, a mosaic in Roman floor unveiled a few miles away.

Leeds Central Library
Connected to the City Art Gallery, Leeds Central Library is a worthwhile place and architectural marvel to enjoy a free afternoon. It has free Wi-Fi, silent study areas, occasional lunchtime discussions with experts on Fridays, and one-off workshops and performances of local groups.