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in the county of West Yorkshire

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About Leeds

In the middle ages Leeds was a wool centre and it flourished. The sheep on the Yorkshire moors providing the wool for the cottage craft industry of spinning and weaving. The introduction of machinery in the late 18th century started the mill system around which the city of Leeds grew. By the mid 19th century the city moved into the ready-made clothing industry and by the end of the century Leeds was the world centre for the clothes trade. Joseph Hepworth pioneered chain-store tailoring in 1883 and by 1921 Montague Burton's mill was the largest clothing factory in the world.

Transformed in recent years Leeds has cleaned up and restored many of it's black sooted buildings, and the city now has some fabulous examples of victorian buildings to visit and see. Visit the pride of the city, the Leeds Town Hall which truly is a monument to the pride of the Victorian era, and was opened in 1858 by Queen Victoria herself. It is home to the International Piano Competition and the annual international concert season. Another must-see building in Leeds is The Corn Exchange - truly one of Britains finest Victorian buildings. It was designed by the late great Cuthbert Brodrick who also designed the aforementioned Leeds Town Hall. Recently restored, the Corn Exchange houses a great selection of shops and cafes.
Other buildings to see in Leeds include The Edwardian Kirkgate Market and Kirkstall Abbey which dates back to Medieval times.

As for today, Leeds is considered the social hub and capital of the North of England. It has just been voted as one of the top three places to shop in the UK by an independent survey, and offers a huge range of shops, stores and cafes for you to enjoy. It is also the second largest employer of the IT industry in the country with some 35% of England's email traffic carried on from Leeds. A combination of this prosperity and Leeds fascinating history make it one the most popular and interesting cities to visit in England and Europe. It truly is a cosmopolitan city with over 75 nationalities of people living there and a population of over 700,000 people.

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(1.0 miles, 1.6 km)

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Victoria House Apartments in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England4 stars

Victoria House Apartments

Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (0.2 miles, 0.2 km)
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Victoria House Apartments is located in Leeds, 200 metres from Leeds Town Hall. 02 Academy is 300 metres from the property. The accommodation comes with a...
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Mansio Suites in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Mansio Suites

Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (0.2 miles, 0.3 km)
Mansio Suites is set in Leeds, 300 metres from 02 Academy . Leeds Town Hall is 300 metres away. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. All units have a seating area. There is also a kitchenett...
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Premier Inn Leeds City Centre - Leeds Arena

Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (0.3 miles, 0.5 km)
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The Wrens in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

The Wrens

Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (0.3 miles, 0.5 km)
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Next Apartments WP

Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (0.4 miles, 0.6 km)
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Citipads serviced apartments

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Starlite Serviced Apartments in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Starlite Serviced Apartments

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