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Leeds is Great Britain’s third-largest city, commonly called the northern capital of England. The centre of the Yorkshire county, situated 240 kilometres from London in the valley of the river Aire, it is one of the most important tourist spots, providing locals and the city budget with a good source of income. And to think that just a century ago it had been an unsightly industrial city, described by Charles Dickens as one of the least pleasant places he had visited.

Today, nothing in the city reminds of those days. Leeds turned to a business centre from an industrial one, and now it is packed with many beautiful buildings, parks, squares and boulevards. It is deemed to be one of the country’s leading academic cities, home to two universities and the historical Leeds Grammar School, dating back to 1552. Modern technologies are rapidly developing in the city that is home to Britain’s largest building outside of London, the La Lumiere skyscraper.

Leeds
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Leeds

One of the most famous sights in the city is the Royal Armouries Museum, mesmerising its visitors with an impressive collection of weapons and armour. A visit to the museum gives one an opportunity to feel the atmosphere and glory of past battles, and travel back to the times of knights. The museums hosts more than 8,500 exhibits, divided between galleries dedicated to war, tournaments, self-defence, hunting and Oriental cultures.

The Thackray Medical Museum, situated next to St James’s Hospital, presents ailments and treatments that were prevalent in the past, and shows videos of operations of earlier times. The museum also has an interactive gallery that explains the functions of human organs. Here you will also find the skeleton of a local witch, executed in 1809.

A Classic Double Decker Daimler Bus
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  A Classic Double Decker Daimler Bus

Another object of pride for England carrying the spirit of the 18th century, the Harewood House, stands on the outskirts of Leeds. It astounds its visitors with its huge art gallery, original architecture and beautiful garden. The palace is listed as one of Britain’s nine most historically significant buildings.

The old Temple Newsam mansion, which served as a royal residence for cenuries, situated in the eastern part of Leeds, also attracts visitors with its grandeur. When there, one simply must visit the Cathedral (the residence of the local bishops), the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, and the churches of St Peter and St George. The city is also home to one of Britain’s biggest town halls and one of three surviving corn exchanges. Cereal grains are no longer exchanged, although the building itself is still used for trade.

Trinity Leeds is Leeds' largest shopping centre.
Photo taken by Flickr user:EG Focus - wikimedia.org.  Trinity Leeds is Leeds' largest shopping centre.

In Leeds, special importance is given to trade. Just in the limits of the historical city centre there are more than a thousand(!) different shops of interest to tourists. And that’s not to mention the famous Kirkgate market, known as one of the largest covered markets in Europe. It is heaven for anyone buying groceries, drinks, clothes, jewellery, electronics and other goods. Even the owners of luxurious restaurants choose to buy their products here.

Leeds gave the world the first short films in history, the famous Marks & Spencer empire and two dog breeds – the Yorkshire and the Airedale terrier. It is no coincidence that the city hosts such strange attractions as the Dog Collar Museum.

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