Leeds: Four art-inspired spaces for events

C&IT checks out the event spaces at museums and historic houses in Leeds.

The Royal Armouries: The sister museum to the Tower of London is home to Henry VIII’s original armour and is the largest collection of arms, armour and artillery in the UK. Event spaces include New Dock, adjacent to the museum and Leeds' largest banqueting and exhibition venue, hosting up to 1,500 for a reception or 1,200-theatre-style. The Royal Armouries Hall, meanwhile, can host 1,000 for receptions. 

Leeds Art Gallery: Located in the heart of the city centre and built in 1888, the gallery is renowned for its extensive permanent art collection, as well as touring exhibitions. Spaces include the old lecture theatre, which was refurbished to convert the space into a conference suite comprising of three ground floor rooms and one upstairs mezzanine room. The Henry Moore Room seats a maximum of 120 theatre-style and 72 cabaret, while the Hepworth Room on the ground floor caters for up to 16 boardroom-style and 12 cabaret-style. 

Harewood House: One of the UK’s ten treasure houses, Harewood House is located seven miles from the centre of Leeds. This historic house has a gallery that can host a reception for 180, or up to 80 can dine on the opulent State Floor, while there are more intimate spaces for smaller gatherings for up to 16 guests. 

Leeds City Museum: The Grade-II listed building, which was transformed into a state-of-the-art museum in 2000, has a central atrium with a balcony and a further four floors of exhibits.  The venue offers the opportunity for guests to interact with the current exhibitions, as well as having a number of traditional meeting rooms, including two spaces that each cater for 90 theatre-style and Brodrick Hall, which can host 400 for a reception or 200 for dinner. 


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