For a city to have its own museum and on this scale, you know you live somewhere special.
Overlooking the magnificent Millennium Square, Leeds City Museum is a great hideaway from the winter elements – and you might just learn something.
For me, the Life on Earth gallery is a must – filled with stunning examples of our planet plus preserved animals that still appear to look you right in the eye.
Work your way through bears, fish and even the famous Leeds Tiger.
The lighting is low and direct and it could well be an ideal place for Ben Stiller to shoot a sequel Night at the Museum 3.
No visit is complete without a trip to the giant Leeds Arena (no, not where The Boss and Elton played, the other one) which shows a large scale view of the city mapped across the room’s floor.
It’s hard not to instantly look for your street. Kids love it as it makes them feel a bit like they’re flying and also good for games. See, we’re all learning now!
Other cool places include the Ancient Worlds gallery – again all dramatically lit – which features an actual mummy alongside Greek and Roman artefacts.
A series of interactive elements to the displays are spread across the attraction, which keeps little hands and minds busy too.
The cafes good, with friendly staff and decent range of cakes and brews.
And if you visit from January 24, you can wrap up, blade up and hit the frozen stuff for a skate on the Ice Cube. The big rink runs at Millennium Square until February 23.
Opening Times: Daily except Monday (see website)
Address: Millennium Square, Leeds
Car Parking: City centre paid for
Attraction Website: www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries
Telephone: 0113 224 3732
Sat Nav: LS2 8BH
For more days out in and around Yorkshire, see www.yorkshire.com