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Heritage Open Day

14 September 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm

10am - 5pm


Come and discover the hidden, secret side of Leeds Town Hall. Stand at the dock where prisoners once stood, sit at the judge’s bench of the Borough Court, descend the stairs into the dark Victorian prison cells, and climb the 203 steps to the top of the clock tower to see the clock itself and take in a view of Leeds unlike any other.

Explore the grand Victoria Hall which has changed very little since Cuthbert Brodrick’s original design, so it’s still possible to imagine what Queen Victoria would have seen when she came to open the building in 1858. Find out about some of the other activities on offer at the Town Hall throughout the year including lunchtime recitals on the magnificent 50ft high, 70 ton organ, and see some fascinating films about the city of Leeds courtesy of Leeds International Film Festival.

Guided Tours of the Town Hall:
10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm (first come first served).
Please sign up in the vestibule.
Tours are not suitable for children under the age of 8.
The guided tours will cover the Victoria Hall, Courtroom, cells, and the clocktower.

Organ recitals:
12.30pm - Simon Lindley playing music by Elgar, Bonnet and Reger
2pm - Alan Horsey playing music by Handel, Charpentier and Bach

Leeds International Film Festival present:
A Poet Goes North – Sir John Betjeman Discovers Leeds, UK 1968, 30 mins
Screening on a loop in the Sullivan Room 10am – 5pm
A lost treasure, made for the BBC in 1968, A Poet Goes North was not broadcast at the time and rediscovered forty years later in the offices of Leeds Civic Trust. Poet Laureate and architectural critic John Betjeman explores the Victorian heritage of the city of Leeds, lamenting the destruction of its past in favour of new tower blocks. He visits Temple Mill in Holbeck, the Church of St Bartholomew in Armley, Spenfield in Weetwood Park, the Whitelocks pub and a newly restored Leeds Town Hall. Film provided by the Yorkshire Film Institute.

Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission.


Price:   Free Admission

Contact details:  

Additional information:  

Leeds Town Hall 

The Headrow


Civic Building


Meeting rooms


Need to let box office know in advance
Accessible to wheelchair user with assistance, accessible to mobility impaired walker, disabled toilets

Public transport  

City centre venue


Parking near to venue,

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