Sensory guide to Leeds Art Gallery

Explore Arts Award Resource offers ideas for things to do on a visit to Leeds Art Gallery. Our guide has a focus on sensory exploration and is particularly useful for visitors with additional needs.

Visitor information

Admission to Leeds Art Gallery is free.

Please email [email protected] if you wish to see something specific from the collection or access a particular gallery during your visit.

Gallery opening hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sunday: 11am – 3pm

(please note that the upper galleries close from 4pm on Saturdays)

Tiled Hall Café opening hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sunday: 11am – 3pm

Last orders 30mins before closing

Shop opening hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4.45pm

Sunday: 11am – 2.45pm


  • 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.


What3Words is a location app which provides exact location points based on 3 metre squares. Every 3 metre square of the world has been given a unique combination of three words which can be shared with friends and family, emergency services and more to pinpoint locations easily.

We have provided What3Words locations for key areas of our attractions to help you navigate your visit.

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 entrance is also automatic. Please note this alternative entrance is temporarily unavailable.


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Accessible 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

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 nearest Changing Place toilet is located at nearby Leeds City Museum, approximately a five minute walk away from the gallery.

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. This lift has an audible announcer and 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. Please note that seating throughout the gallery has temporarily been removed. A limited number of seats are available upon request. Please see a member of staff who will be happy to assist you.

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.

Special Educational Needs and Access

Please visit our dedicated Special Educational Needs and Access page for more information about how we try to make Leeds Art Gallery inclusive and accessible for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

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.


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. If you have any queries or would like to discuss your needs in advance please contact us before you visit:


0113 378 5350
(10am - 4pm)

Learning and Access Officer

0113 378 8880
(10am - 4pm)



Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
Leeds LS1 3AA

How to get here


15 minute walk from the city centre bus station.


10 minute walk from Leeds Railway Station.


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.