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What you should know about Leeds, United Kingdom

 
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added on 23rd of May, 2009

Leeds is the biggest business city in Yorkshire. There are many nice restaurants and lots of shoppingcenters and shopping streets! If you like spend days whit shopping in a nice city, you need to go to Leeds! I spent there a few days shopping whit my friends, in a rainy day is a perfect program.

Not very long ago the West Yorkshire city of Leeds was a grim, grey industrial town, which visitors could well describe as the 'dead center' of England, and not just because of its location. In little more than a decade, however, Leeds has enjoyed an economic boom and its transformation has earned it accolades from all quarters; it is now recognized as one of Europe's most successful cities. Along with this has come a tide of tourism, spurred along recently by a 'UK's favorite city' award from Conde Nast Traveller magazine.

Leeds currently attracts an average 1.4 million sleep-over visitors a year, and 18 million more who come on day trips. The reasons they come to Leeds are many and varied, because this is a city with plenty to offer, from its renowned wild nightspots to its cultural events, and its abundant shopping to its fascinating collection of museums.

For shopaholics Leeds is pure paradise, its retail areas like the Victoria Quarter, Corn Exchange, Headrow Center and Leeds Shopping Plaza packed with top quality big name stores. With development ongoing, shopping opportunities are continually getting bigger and better. For culture vultures Leeds offers major national and international theater, dance, opera and music events in a variety of top-class venues, as well as a major art gallery housing an important collection of traditional and contemporary British art.

Among the city's dozens of museums there is the intriguing Thackray, offering a vivid insight into Victorian medical practices; the Amley Mills, housed in an old woolen mill and demonstrating industrial and railway history; and the Royal Armouries, oldest museum in the UK, containing a fascinating collection of ancient weaponry and torture instruments.

Plenty to do and see means there is never a dull moment in Leeds, and at night the action shifts to the hundreds of pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Some of the live band venues, like The Cockpit, Joseph's Well and The Wardrobe, are internationally renowned; not for nothing is Leeds recognized as one of the UK's clubbing capitals.

Sharing access to the nearby international airport is the neighboring historic Yorkshire city of Bradford, also a vibrant, cosmopolitan city offering plenty to amuse and entertain visitors. Bradford has attractions like the National Media Museum with its Imax cinema, and industrial museum, and a splendid art gallery contained in beautiful Lister Park.

These two complementary Yorkshire cities, with their packed calendars of festivals and events, have become the beating heart of England.
 

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History of Leeds leads back to the time of the early Saxons, like many other cities of the British territory. It was actually one of the Saxon villages. By the time the Domesday Book was written, Leeds was considered to be a big town. By the early 13th century, the town was formed into shape by the Lord of Manor, also known as Maurice de Gant. During this period, Leeds also started to extend itself regarding matters of commerce and trade, like most other cities of Britain. Its history is primarily based on its advancements in industrial sectors.Industrial History of Leeds The entire plot of land in Leeds was broken down into segments for... Read more »

 
 
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