Originally the Yorkshire College of Science, the University of Leeds is at the heart of this bustling and cosmopolitan city. The campus showcases a stunning variety of architectural styles and Grade II listed buildings, ranging from Gothic revival to art deco and postmodern. Named after one of the university's major benefactor's, Parkinson tower is a well-known landmark which can be seen from all over the city centre. While there, make sure to visit the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, part of the University library and one of its hidden gems. The gallery offers contemporary art exhibitions and displays stunning examples of paintings and prints from the University Art Collection. It also offers a changing programme of artist talks and art workshops, as well as free creative activities for the whole family on Saturdays.
At the back of the campus you can find the Marks & Spencer Company Archive, showcasing the impact of M&S on the social history of Britain. Featuring artefacts, interactive exhibits and a children's zone, the archive celebrates M&S' journey from market stall to international retailer and is an innovative way to spend an afternoon.
The University of Leeds is a 15 minute walk from the city centre, and is well-served by buses. The main entrance to the campus for visitors by car is on Woodhouse Lane, near the Parkinson Building. There is limited parking available on the campus, but nearby Woodhouse Moor car park is just a few minutes walk from the university. To get there, follow the signs for universities posted around the city.
The University of Leeds is within walking distance of both the city centre and Headingley, a lively and vibrant student area just north of the city. If you're looking for restaurants near University of Leeds, take a look at our index of the best restaurants near Leeds city centre. With Go dine you can browse menus, photos and reviews, and once you've chosen amongst the many places to eat close to the University of Leeds, you can book a table for free online. Or if you're looking to go a little further afield, take a look at our regional pages for suggestions of restaurants in Headingley, Chapel Allerton or Harrogate.
Did you know the Leeds University campus is the final resting place of Pablo Fanque, Britain's first black circus proprietor?