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Formed in 1974, the City of Leeds is a metropolitan borough with city status.

To the south and west the area is mostly urban and suburban but to the north and east it includes much countryside and many smaller towns and villages

Leeds derives its name from 'Loidis' the name of a Celtic kingdom that survived here for a while after the Anglo-Saxon invasion.

In the Middle Ages Leeds was a small agricultural centre but by Tudor times it become an important manufacturer of woollen cloth and one of the largest towns in Yorkshire. 

The town traded with Europe via the Humber Estuary and at one time nearly half of England's total exports passed through Leeds. 

When textile manufacturing boomed during the Industrial Revolution Leeds became one of the world's most important industrial areas.

By the end of the 19th century the textile trade began to decline and other industries, including engineering, tailoring, shoe-making and brewing, became more important.  Burton's, the tailoring and clothing company, was established in the city and Marks and Spencers was founded as Michael Mark's Penny Bazaar in Leeds market.

In the 20th century these industries also declined and instead service industries, such as banking, insurance, law and accountancy, grew rapidly.  By the end of the 20th century tourism had becone a major employer.

For the visitor there are many museums and attractions exploring the city's industrial past including the Abbey House Museum, which takes visitors back to Victorian Leeds, and the Armley Mill Industrial Museum, which investigates the textile, clothing and engineering industries. 

The restored Thwaite Mill, has a fully operational watermill with lots of information about the changing history of the mill. 

Newer attractions include the Royal Armouries Museum, opened in 1996, and the Thackray Medical Museum, opened in 1997. 

Leed's other cultural attractions include the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Grand Theatre. 

There are also many galleries such as the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds City Art Gallery, Liston Studios and University Gallery.  Historic houses include the fine Tudor/Jacobean Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall, a charming Edwardian house. 

Kirkstall Abbey, one of the finest monastic sites in the country, lies 3 miles west of Leeds, and is well worth a visit. 

Much of the city centre was pedestrianised in the early 1970s and today Leeds boasts a wide range of shops, arcades and shopping centres. 

Excellent parks and green belt countryside make Leeds one of England's greenest cities. 

Sports enthusiasts can watch Leeds United FC play at Elland Road and the Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club at the Headingley Stadium.  Headingley is also the location of Yorkshire County Cricket Club's famous ground.

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De Vere Oulton Hall Rothwell Lane Oulton Leeds LS26 8HN  MAP
Nothing quite prepares you for the De Vere Oulton Hall; surrounded by a typically breathtaking Yorkshire landscape. It will meet your every expectation and more.

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Leeds Marriott Hotel 4 Trevelyan Square Boar Lane Leeds LS1 6ET  MAP
This elegant and modern 4-star hotel has a superb location in the heart of the city centre, only a short walk from the train station and all that Leeds has to offer.

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City Inn Leeds Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach Leeds LS1 4BR  MAP
In a superb location, City Inn Leeds is part of the Granary Wharf area, next to Leeds Train Station and the canal. The Victoria Quarter is a shopping district nearby.

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Roomzzz 1 The Triangle 2 Burley Road Leeds LS3 1JU  MAP
Roomzzz aparthotel: A brand new luxury aparthotel, combining spacious living accommodation with the service of a hotel. Stylish rooms with technology and home comforts in abundance. Close to all main routes and minutes from the city centre

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The Boundary Hotel 42 Cardigan Road Headingley Leeds LS6 3AG  MAP
The 3 Diamond Boundary Hotel is realistically priced accommodation, offering many bedrooms with private facilities, a restaurant, a busy lounge bar, and a small meeting room. We are only 3 minutes from the city centre and motorways.

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The Kingston Hotel 5 Kingston Terrace Leeds LS2 9BW  MAP
Less than 15 minutes’ walk from Leeds’s bustling centre, The Kingston Hotel offers free parking, free Wi-Fi, and spacious rooms. The University of Leeds is only 300 metres away, and Leeds Rail Station is a 20-minute walk.

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Gateway Apartments Marsh Lane Leeds LS9 8AY
Situated half a mile from the vibrant Leeds’ city centre, Gateway offers 4-star, luxury apartments with private parking.

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Entrada Apartments Waterloo Street Leeds LS10 1GY
Entrada Apartments, one of the only Serviced Apartment Hotel providers in Leeds City Centre, offer high quality Corporate and Leisure accommodation at exceptional rates.

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Harman Suite Self Catering Apartment 48 St.Martins Avenue Leeds LS7 3LG
Four stars, self-catering, high quality, well-furnished, fully equipped, en suite ground floor, detached apartment. Close to local amenities and City Centre. Public transport super markets and banks within walking distance.

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