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West Yorkshire has numerous attractions to tempt visitors throughout the year, including major cities like Leeds and Halifax, famous stately homes such as Harewood House, and a wonderful diversity of landscapes. People come to West Yorkshire for its wide open spaces and for the cultural treasures and entertainment on offer in the cities. Leeds is particularly rich in such venues. The city has a long and distinguished history and is Britain's third biggest provincial city, so there's plenty to enjoy here. When you're staying in a Leeds area hotel or guesthouse, get along to the City Varieties Music Hall for a taste of the good old days.

Leeds Hotels for The Cities Varieties Music Hall

Dating from the golden age of the British music hall, the Cities Varieties in Leeds opened its doors in 1865 and the venue has been a popular focus for good old-fashioned entertainment ever since. It's one of the few of its kind still left, and played host to The Good Old Days, the BBC's longest-lived variety show, between 1953 and 1983. This was a showcase for British television stars of the time and it recreated all the atmosphere and fun of a real Edwardian music hall. It was re-launched in 2011 following extensive refurbishment and its programme of events today includes everything from stand-up comedy to musicals, with the traditional Christmas pantomime immensely popular with young and old alike. Be sure to come and see a show here, whether you're staying at a nearby West Yorkshire hotel or just passing through.

An Evening at The Cities Varieties Music Hall with a Leeds Hotel

In the early part of the 20th Century great names like Harry Houdini and Charlie Chaplin appeared here, and more recent stars have included Morecambe and Wise and Barbara Windsor. The Master of Ceremonies is one of the main attractions, employing ornate, obscure and possibly even invented adjectives to floridly introduce the acts on the bill, always to thunderous applause. Audiences are encouraged to don fancy dress and participate in the fun, and from your Leeds hotel you're sure to have a great evening out.

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