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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.

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Abbey House Museum And Kirkstall Abbey
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Harewood House and Gardens

The magnificent, 18th-century Harewood House is home to the Queen's cousin, the Earl of Harewood, and provides visitors with a great mix of history, art, education and a fascinating ‘Below the Stairs' exhibition. In addition to learning about the history of the house and its various occupants through the years, there is also a great collection of modern art, a planetarium, a children's play area, a bird garden and several nature trails.

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Harewood House and Gardens
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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.

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Leeds Art Gallery
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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.

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Royal Armouries Museum
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, Wakefield is home to modern and contemporary art set within 2 sq km (500 acres) of wonderful 18th-century parkland.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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