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YHA Five free things to do in Leeds
    05/11/2013 01:29

Five free things to do in Leeds

Leeds grew around industry, but now it has evolved into one of the most modern and diverse cities in the country. A centre for business, sport and shopping, there are many great reasons to choose Leeds as a city break destination - and YHA Leeds Carnegie Village is a great place to base your stay.

If you fancy seeing what Leeds has to offer, you can save more money for shopping by enjoying some of the great free experiences listed below:

 

Royal Armouries

One of the north's premier attractions, the Royal Armouries is Britain's national museum of arms and armour. Situated in the centre of Leeds, this modern museum brings the medieval weaponry to life with thrilling interactive displays incorporating media, as well as a live action - you can even see a joust! There's also a crossbow range, a jester's yard and over 8,500 objects on display across five galleries - including royal armours of the Tudor and Stuart kings, as well as arms and armour from the English Civil Wars.

 

Leeds City Museum

The Leeds City Museum explores the history of life on Earth, featuring ancient artefacts from around the globe. Alongside the relics, there are interactive displays allowing you to dig for fossils or feel the skin of a python. You can make your own Roman mosaics, or act like an archaeologist and try and piece some ancient pottery back together - the experiences are unique and always engaging. Permanent displays across the six galleries are complemented by seasonally changing exhibits.

 

Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park is one of the largest city parks on the whole continent, and there aren't many places better to spend a sunny day in the city. Attracting over a million visitors each year, the park contains a number of smaller gardens, such as Ahambra, Monet and Canal Gardens. Each provides a different spectacle and a secluded spot to relax. Be sure to take a walk around lake and for a modest fee you can look in on Tropical World, a collection of glasshouses recreating climates from around the globe, including aquariums and butterfly houses.

 

Kirkgate Market

Kirkgate Market is the largest market of its kind in the whole of Europe. You can spend hours simply wandering around looking at the various bits and pieces on offer on row after row of stalls. The buzz of market life is enough to keep your interest, but if anything does catch your eye…well, it might not be free, but it'll be cheap - especially if you remember to haggle. When you get peckish, you can also stop in at the original Marks and Spencer - the high street chain started in this very spot in 1884.

 

Kirkstall Abbey

This towering 11th century abbey is also one of the country's best preserved of the English Cistercian houses. Wander between the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey and you can still feel the imposing scale of the structure and get a sense of what it was like when it was a functioning monastery. As well as the beautiful monastery itself, there is a 24-hectare park which includes sports pitches, recreational activities and the River Aire - a great spot for a walk or a picnic. The last Saturday of the month also hosts a farmers' market within the walls of the abbey itself - ideal for foodies! 

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