Visit Leeds City Museum

Admission to Leeds City Museum is free.

Opening times

Monday:
closed

Tuesday to Friday:
10am-5pm

Weekends:
11am-5pm

Bank holidays:
11am-5pm

Facilities

  • Play area
  • Toilets
  • Accessible toilet
  • Changing Places toilet
  • Baby change
  • Shop
  • Café
  • 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 City Museum

Leeds City Museum is located on Millennium Square in Leeds city centre, located 0.4 miles from Leeds railway station and 0.6 miles from Leeds bus station. The museum is on a graduated slope, upward from the direction of the train station or downward if you are approaching from Woodhouse Lane.

Entrances

There are two entrances to the museum. The main entrance is accessed via steps with a handrail, or by a ramp (the bottom of the ramp is on the left of the building as you face it). The main entrance has two double doors. The double doors on the left are automated with a press button, and they open outwards.

Inside the main entrance, you will be greeted by a member of staff who will explain which galleries are on which floor, and offer you a floorplan of the museum. The museum has four floors which are all accessed by stairs or a lift. The lift on the Ground floor is on the left.

Alternatively, you can enter the museum at lower ground level through the café. The automated doors with a push button are located on the left, and they open outwards.

Disabled parking

The nearest accessible on-street parking bays are located on the corner of Cookridge and Rossington Street. They are four hours max stay. Rossington Street is next to Millennium Square. Millennium Square is pedestrianised and the museum is located on the right as you come onto the square from Rossington Street.

Further accessible parking bays are available on Cookridge Street and at the Merrion Centre, Woodhouse Lane, The Light and Rose Bowl car parks, approximately a 5-10 minute walk away.

Drop off point

Cookridge Street bends around Millennium Square and becomes Rossington Street. This is a good point to access the pedestrianised square.

If you are arriving by coach or minibus, there are drop off bays for coaches on Great George Street which is just around the corner from Millennium Square.

Accessible toilets

There is an accessible toilet on each floor of the museum. Facilities in the toilets include rails at the sides of the toilet and basin, emergency alarms and fire alarms with flashing lights. These toilets are not RADAR key operated.

Leeds City Museum has a Changing Places toilet. This is located on floor 3 of the museum.

Blind and partially sighted visitors

Large print exhibition guides are available in a folder near the start of each gallery.

Light levels are low in certain galleries. This is to protect and conserve the objects in those areas. Please ask a member of staff if you would like to borrow a torch during your visit. Our sensory map shows which parts of the museum have natural light and which have lower light levels.

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

Assistance and guide dogs

We welcome assistance and guide dogs. A bowl and water is available from the reception desk.

Visitors with physical disabilities and wheelchair users

All floors of the museum can be accessed via lift. The lift has capacity for up to two wheelchairs on any one journey.

Seating is available around the museum, in every gallery and in the café. You can find where the seating is located on our sensory map (PDF, 763KB).

The museum has two wheelchairs available for visitors to borrow. Please telephone 0113 378 5001 (10am – 4pm) in advance of your visit to ensure a chair is available or ask a member of the team during your visit.

There are a number of tactile, audio, visual and interactive exhibits and spaces throughout the museum. Many of the exhibits are displayed at a lower level. There is a lower height counter at the shop.

Hearing impaired and deaf customers

BSL tours

We aim to provide British Sign Language (BSL) tours as part of our Special Exhibition Programme. Please email us to find out about our current or upcoming exhibition programme or explore our What’s on section.

Hearing induction loop

The museum has a hearing induction loop which requires your hearing aid to be set to ‘T’. The induction loop covers the following areas:

  • lower Ground Conference/Event rooms – the Denny and Thoresby Room have an induction loop
  • floor 3 – The Potter Film and the Tomb Sounds in the Ancient Worlds Gallery

We also have a portable induction loop that can be borrowed during your visit.

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 it.

Our orientation video shows how the museum is laid out and gives an idea of what to expect on a visit.

Our sensory guide (PDF, 763KB) can help you find quieter, less crowded and lower lit spaces during your visit. It maps out noise, space, light, tactile areas and seating.

The museum is particularly busy during February and October school holidays and on special event days. Please contact us if you need further information.

Borrowable resources

Ear defenders and torches are available and can be borrowed from the museum shop.

Sensory room for families with Additional Needs

We do not have a sensory room available at all times. Once every school holidays, we host a pop-up sensory room with bubble tube, dark tents and tactile toys, for a calmer moment on your museum trip. We limit the total number of tickets for the morning so that the room isn’t overwhelming for the children and young people. Booking on Eventbrite is essential.

The room will be open for families with a ticket from 10.30am – 12pm, so you can stay for the full time or drop in for part of it. The event is located on the lower ground floor of the museum – turn left out of the lift on the lower ground floor. There is no need to queue but please ensure you book a ticket in advance.

VAQAS

Leeds City Museum 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.

Further information

Our Leeds City Museum British Sign Language (BSL) guide is available to watch on YouTube, and Euan’s Guide have produced an impartial Disabled Access Review of Leeds City Museum.

Contact us

If you would like more information before your visit, please contact us.

Main Museum and Learning and Access Officer

0113 378 5001
(10am - 4pm)

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Leeds City Museum
Cookridge Street
Millennium Square
Leeds LS1 3AA

How to get here

Rail

Leeds Railway Station is 10 minutes’ walk away.

Bus

Leeds City Museum is well served by a number of bus routes stopping on The Headrow and Woodhouse Lane, both less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Museum.

Parking

On street parking is available on Rossington Street and Cookridge Street. Secure car parking is available in Woodhouse Lane, The Light, Merrion Centre and Rose Bowl car parks.

Assistance videos

Orientation film


What to expect from a visit to Leeds City Museum.

Question setting


A question for Schools or Groups ahead of a visit.

Answer setting

A film that Schools or Groups can watch after their visit to reflect.