Leeds City located in West Yorkshire, northern England, is just 310 kilometers north-west of London. The first reference to the settlement has been discovered in the Domesday Book, which saw the light of the day in the far 1098, while the status of a city has been granted to Leeds in 1207. As industrial revolution marched in the kingdom, Leeds enjoyed an impressive portion of economic benefits, reflected in the population rise: from 10k in the late 17 century to 30k at the end of the 18; the year of 1840 mentions a record of 150,000 population.
A major reason for the rapid growth consisted in the city’s transportation geographical position and transportation capabilities, which contributed to the city flourishing. Due to the development of the transport network on the River Ayr in 1699 (which provided links with continental Europe), the construction of Leeds – Liverpool Canal (which linked the region with the West Coast of the UK) and the railroad system in 1848, the city attracted considerable funds for its further development. Therefore, in the nineteenth century up to half of British exports passed through Leeds.
Nowadays the heart of Yorkshire is a bustling city with lots of shopping malls, well-preserved Edwardian buildings, numerous nightclubs and bars. There are dozens of hotels in Leeds to choose from: whether you are running on a tight budget or looking to make the most of your trip, Leeds hotels selection has always something for everyone to offer. Mentioned below is the list of must-see attractions.
- Royal Arsenal. The museum reflects the themes of war, knightly tournaments and hunting
- Municipal Art Gallery that houses a rich collection of art dated by XX century
- Kirkstall Abbey Museum
- Harewood House
- Medical Museum Tucker
- Tropical World (one of the UK’s largest greenhouses)