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Free things to do in Yorkshire!

Whether you’re a student just about to attend one of Leeds’ universities, or you’re a returning student looking to rent a new home in Leeds, you’ll be glad to know that there are a plethora of free and brilliant things to do in and around Yorkshire.

Royal Armouries – Leeds

Located just across the canal from Leeds Minster, the Royal Armouries contains four floors of humanities most brutal weaponry.

Including live jousting competitions, alongside a crossbow range, the museum contains five original galleries dedicated to:

  • War
  • Peace – farewell to arms?
  • Hunting
  • Oriental
  • Tournament
  • Self defence

Also close to the museum is the fabulous Dock 29 Bar, or a range of eateries including Pizza Express and Mumtaz Leeds.

The Gallery at Munroe House – Leeds

One of the smaller Leeds art galleries, The Gallery at Munroe House is a triumph of local art and incorporates a range of contemporary styles.

Like many beautiful things in Leeds, The Gallery also offer exhibition and events spaces alongside its wonderfully luscious and fully licensed café bar.

In September the gallery is to celebrate 40 years of 2000 AD with its exhibition, ZARJAZ! 40 YEARS OF 2000 AD.

The gallery describes it as:

“Throughout September Vice Press present a truly staggering display of original tribute art and limited edition prints from the finest art droids to grace the pages of 2000 AD.

“Not only that, but the exhibition will feature the rare opportunity to witness some of contemporary comics’ biggest names deliver their own takes on classic 2000 AD characters.

“A must for posters and graphic art collectors, all the unique work on display will be available to add to your collection.”

The Hepworth – Wakefield

Located right next to Wakefield Kirkgate train station, and following the theme of art, The Hepworth is the Art Fund­_ Museum of the Year 2017.

Open Tue-Sun until October, The Hepworth is one of the finest contemporary art museums in Europe and contains over 1,600 square metres of space — making it the largest purpose-built exhibition space outside of London.

Current exhibitions include Approaching Thunder: 1940s British Prints and Drawings and Henry Moore, which features work from Britain’s most renowned sculptors.

For those who fancy a bit of a treat, the museum also hosts a range of workshops throughout the week.

Sheffield Winter Garden – Sheffield

One of the largest temperate glasshouses in the UK, and the largest urban glasshouse in Europe, the Sheffield Winter Garden is home to more than 2,000 plants from all over the world.

As part of a £120 million regeneration project, The Garden was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

Today The Garden is home to the Bessemer Gallery and exhibits a range of contemporary and fine art.

For those looking to discover more of Britain’s fourth largest city, the Peace gardens are located just a few streets away and the Crucible Theatre can be found in Tudor Square.

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