Leeds is a truly cultural city. Leeds' bid to be European Capital of Culture 2023 and the emerging Cultural Strategy will be transformational and help redefine the city. South Bank is a microcosm of Leeds’ culture scene – a diverse and exciting mix of attractions, communities, events and places to gather – with something new to enjoy every visit.
The Royal Armouries has become a favourite destination for many visitors to the city since opening in 1996. Home to the national collection of arms and armour, the museum displays over 8,500 objects throughout its six themed galleries. Nearby, the Leeds Discovery Centre is a unique state-of-the-art museum storage facility which preserves and protects Leeds Museums and Galleries collections, and offers behind the scene tours and special events by arrangement. The Tetley has established itself as leading South Bank destination with its contemporary art gallery and programme of events.
The redevelopment of South Bank Leeds makes the most of its industrial heritage, alongside contemporary design. With over 30 landmarks such as Tower Works, Round Foundry and Marshalls Mill, it has provided a new space for the growing creative and digital media sector, while retaining some of the city’s most important architecture. Plans are being made to maintain and rejuvenate these heritage sites whilst bringing in new innovative housing and business developments.
Opening up the River Aire
The proposal of an integrated Leeds Station with an active waterfront aims to provide a variety of leisure opportunities. New cafes, bars and restaurants are planned for the new open spaces created through the changes in infrastructure. It aims to combine these opportunities with better connectivity featuring a city park, to enable people to stop and spend their time.
The area is home to a range of award winning independent bars and restaurants. A programme of events at Leeds Dock provide a range of activities along the waterfront, including the annual waterfront festival.
Did you know that you can add your own events taking place in South Bank Leeds to Leeds Inspired and these will then feature on our interactive map