- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Travel to Leeds
njoying a mainly pedestrianised city centre, one of the best things to do in Leeds is simply wander the streets, taking in the grand Victorian facades, the vibrant network of covered arcades and cobbled alleyways down by the river.
If the weather puts a halt to aimless strolling, there are plenty of indoor attractions in which to while away a good few hours. The Royal Armouries brings 3,000 years of warfare to life, with demonstrations of everything from sword-fighting to jousting, alongside a sprawling collection of ancient weaponry from the Tower of London.
Celebrating the Leeds College of Art's most famous graduate, the Henry Moore Institute is one of the city's cultural highlights, presenting an eclectic programme of changing exhibitions in a series of airy white gallery spaces – and with a brilliant secluded library to boot.
The Institute is housed in a modern extension to Leeds City Art Gallery, which itself boasts a fine collection of work by 19th- and 20th-century British painters – including Turner, Constable, Spencer and Lewis – alongside sculpture by Barbara Hepworth and Moore himself, as well as more recent additions from Antony Gormley to Tony Cragg. Don't miss the cafe in a magnificent Victorian tiled hall.