Visit Leeds Art Gallery

Admission to Leeds Art Gallery is free.

Opening times

Monday:
closed

Tuesday to Saturday:
10am-5pm

Sunday:
11am-3pm

Facilities

  • Baby change
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Café
  • Education facilities
  • Conference facilities
  • Meeting rooms

Access information

We aim to provide a friendly, accessible environment for all our visitors and the widest possible access to our building, exhibitions and collections.

How to find and enter Leeds Art Gallery

There are two entrances to Leeds Art Gallery. The main entrance to the gallery is at the front of the building and is accessible via hand railed steps and a long and gradual ramp. The main entrance has two double automatic doors which open inwards. An information desk is available through the lobby in a large, open central hall.

There is an alternative entrance at a lower level ramped down to the left of the main gallery steps which is marked as wheelchair access for the library. Access to the gallery from this entrance is via the lift and then through the Tiled Hall Café. This lower entrance also provides access to the gallery shop.  This entrance is also automatic.

Accesssible parking

The nearest accessible on-street parking bays are located on Cookridge Street and Alexander Street which run alongside and behind the gallery. Victoria Gardens is pedestrianised.

Further accessible parking bays are available on Rossington Street and Vernon Street, and at the following car parks which are a 5-10 minute walk from the gallery:

  • Merrion Centre
  • Woodhouse Lane
  • The Light
  • The Rose Bowl

Drop off point

Alexander Street is a good point to access the pedestrianised Victoria Gardens. If you are arriving by coach or minibus, there are drop off bays for coaches on Great George Street.

Accessible toilets

A Changing Places toilet is available in the shop on the lower floor. An accessible toilet is available in Artspace on the main gallery floor and in the Library on the upper floor, located through the Tiled Hall Café. Toilets are signposted and marked on the gallery plan leaflet that is available from the reception desk in the entrance hall. Facilities in the accessible toilets include emergency alarms and fire alarms with flashing lights.

Please note that the accessible toilets in Artspace and the library are RADAR key operated. The key for the Changing Places toilet in the shop is available from the shop desk.

Baby change

Baby change facilities are available in the accessible toilets in Artspace on the main gallery floor.

Blind and partially sighted visitors

Where possible we will accommodate requests on the day, such as a talk/description of artworks on display. To guarantee availability please contact us before your visit.

Large print exhibition labels are available for temporary exhibitions, near the start of each gallery.

Light levels are low in certain galleries. This is to protect and conserve the artworks in those areas.

We welcome guide/assistance dogs.

There are a number of multi-sensory artworks and interactive creative spaces within the gallery, such as Artspace.

Visitors with physical disabilities and wheelchair users

The main entrance is automatic, opens inwards and is accessible via hand railed steps and a long and gradual ramp. An information desk is available on entry.

There is an alternative entrance at a lower level, ramped down to the left of the main gallery steps, which is marked as wheelchair access for the library. Access to the gallery from this entrance is via the lift and then through the Tiled Hall Café. This lower entrance is automatic.

A large proportion of the gallery is fully accessible. Some things to note are:

  • wheelchair access to the upper floor display areas of the gallery is via the lift in the library (with audible announcer). This lift has capacity for one wheelchair on any journey
  • the education studio used by pre-booked groups is inaccessible to wheelchair users but equal alternatives are offered. Please discuss any access needs with the Learning and Access Officer when booking your visit

Seating is available around the gallery and in the Tiled Hall Café. There are permanent seats and small, fold-up stools for use around the gallery.

The gallery has one wheelchair available for visitors to borrow. Please contact us in advance of your visit to ensure a chair is available, or ask a member of the team during your visit.

Hearing impaired and deaf visitors

Induction loops are in place at the shop counter and in the Henry Moore conference space.

There are a number of tactile, audio, visual and interactive exhibits and spaces throughout the galleries.

Visitors with autism and sensory difficulties

Please ask if you need assistance or information during your visit. There are quieter places we can direct you to if you or a member of your family needs one.

Please note that Leeds Art Gallery is particularly busy during February and October school holidays and on special event days.

We have ear defenders and torches that can be borrowed by asking a Visitor Assistant.

Access provision for conference visitors

The Henry Moore meeting room, Tiled Hall Café, Hepworth and Wadsworth meeting spaces are all situated on the main floor of the gallery and are fully accessible.

VAQAS

Leeds Art Gallery is a member of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS). The VAQAS is a scheme which ensures high quality experiences at tourist attractions, including a commitment to respect the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 by making reasonable adjustments to improve service for disabled people.

Contact us

Visitor Assistants can provide information and assistance during your visit. Where possible we will accommodate requests on the day, but for the best possible experience for your needs please contact us before your visit:

Reception

0113 378 5350
(10am - 4pm)

Learning and Access Officer

0113 378 8880
(10am - 4pm)

Email

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Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
Leeds LS1 3AA

How to get here

Bus

15 minute walk from the city centre bus station.

Rail

10 minute walk from Leeds Railway Station.

Parking

On street parking is located nearby on Cookridge Street. Secure car parking is available in Woodhouse Lane, The Light, Merrion Centre and Rose Bowl car parks, a 5-10 minute walk away.