About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites
Art Galleries, Art Museums
Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
Speciality Museums, History Museums
With its swords, guns, and pikes, the Royal Armouries museum sounds brutal, but it is in fact a fascinating collection of combat history spanning some 3000 years, with pieces from all over the world. Wander past rare armour belonging to King Henry VIII and learn about subjects such as jousting and Indian elephant armour.
Kirkstall Abbey is Leeds' most revered and best-kept medieval structure. Dating back to the 1150s, it’s incredibly well preserved and is set in beautiful parkland along the banks of the River Aire. Its grounds are the ideal place to relax or take a leisurely stroll, and there’s a museum and cafe on-site too.
The Abbey House Museum is an immersive experience that’s not to be missed, particularly if you have kids in tow. On the ground floor, visit the old Great Gate House and experience life during Victorian times with reconstructed shops and houses demonstrating meticulous attention to detail. On the first floor, check out the Childhood and Community Galleries and constantly changing exhibitions.
Art lovers will be in their element at the Leeds Art Gallery. Right in the heart of the Cultural Quarter, it’s the sort of gallery that will capture your imagination, with a lively and dynamic feel to it, plus varied and ever-changing collections. The gallery features work by local Yorkshire and international artists, plus the best collection of 20th century British art outside London.
Leeds City Museum offers six distinctly themed galleries and a constantly rotating programme of exhibitions. It has plenty of fun and interactive things for the kids to get involved with, and everyone should enjoy the Leeds Story Gallery, which takes you from the very first local archaeological findings right up to the present day.
Leeds Industrial Museum was once one of the largest textile mills in the world. It’s now home to a museum dedicated to the industrial history that made Leeds wealthy and put it firmly on the map. From the production of clothing, to engineering and locomotives, the Leeds Industrial Museum is well worth a visit to learn about the city’s most important history.
The Thackray Medical Museum houses nine interactive galleries depicting the history of all things medical. Experience what it was like to walk the streets of Victorian Leeds, and learn about how operations were performed without anaesthetic. The fascinating exhibits here are well displayed and accompanied by clear and concise information.
Located a little far from the city, but well worth the trip, the Horsforth Village Museum is home to some particularly interesting displays dedicated to World War I and II, ranging from German prisoner-of-war letters, to tools and costumes from these eras.
Did you know that the giant retailer, Marks and Spencer was established in Leeds? This is a bit of a niche one, but it’s an interesting little museum to pop into to learn about the 130-year history of the M&S story. A joint venture with the University of Leeds, the Marks in Time museum showcases the M&S archive collection from the 1880s right up to the present day.
Situated within the University of Leeds campus, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery displays exhibits from the University Art Collection, along with a range of innovative and ever-changing exhibitions. It’s an extensive collection that includes European and British pieces, and work dating right back to the 17th century.