Days out in Yorkshire: The Tetley, Leeds

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So it’s wet outside and we’re all still watching the pennies after the festive season.

So where’s new, cool, free and covered? The Tetley, that’s where.

Set right in the heart of where the famous Tetley Brewery operated for decades, this museum and art space has been created as a lasting legacy to the brewery following the closure of the site.

The remaining building is stunning and home to the giant red Tetley sign lighting up the night sky as a beacon of beer these days.

Inside, it’s like stepping back almost a century with all the period’s art deco features maintained.

Galleries are on the ground and first floor, and currently the latter is home to their latest exhibition, The Reversing Machine. In very simple terms, it moves objects forward and then back for the same amount of time, but the clever part is it uses items like record decks and household lights. Pretty cool stuff.

That floor also has a series of rooms displaying original artefacts from Tetley, ranging from old books and mechanical parts to ‘80s advertising.

There’s a great space for kids to get creative and our two-year-olds spent a good 40 minutes in there, very content. Saturdays also see free kids activity classes too.

Meeting/event space takes up parts of the other floor, but the ground is home to a great bar and adjoining restaurant - all maintaining the period style.

They serve Tetley Gold, which I’d say is a must-sup given the history of the site.

Food is good too. If you’re looking for a tasty feed, leave the salads and go straight to the stew and dumplings - made, of course, with Tetley ale.


Prices: Free

Opening Times: 11am to 6pm (see website)

Address: Hunslet Road, Leeds

Car Parking: Paid-for onsite

Attraction Website:

Telephone: 07930 236 383

Sat Nav: LS10 1JQ

For more days out see

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