Leeds is a city located in the valley of the Aire River. This is one of the largest cities of England. London is located not far away from Leeds, so such an advantageous location makes it very popular. Leeds is also on approximately same distance from east and west coast of the country.
Yet in XIX century this provincial town was one of the main industrial centers of England. It occupied a small territory, but one could see there large choice of different factories. However, nowadays the share of industrial companies in Leeds is not that big. There are less and less factories here and more office buildings. Leeds has slowly become a business center of the north of England.
Because of these changes much renovation work has been done in Leeds. It helped to restore historical buildings of the city. Much space has been devoted to greenery. In Leeds have appeared parks, gardens and boulevards. This has really changed the look of the city. At the same time new educational facilities have been opened here – schools, colleges, and two universities. This has made Leeds one of the largest educational centers of the UK as well.
Among main sights of the city are Royal Arsenal with large exhibition of different collections (items devoted to knights times and knights tournaments, war time, hunting) and City’s Picture Gallery with a large collection of pictures of XX century. Modern Leeds attracts people by its history, its constant flexibility and ability to fit modern life. Today this is a city full of noise and numerous students, sleepless bars, restaurants, and clubs. This is also a place rich in tremendous Edwardian architecture.