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Leeds stands as 1 of the quickest-growing cities in the North of England. The city is shaking off its industrial past and reinventing itself, with glassy skyscrapers, waterfront apartments and a whole host of new attractions and things to do. The process has been a careful one, ensuring the charm of the old quarter is retained. Britain's 10th-largest city is also a creative hub bursting with art and culture, perhaps down to the army of young students who join the 4 universities each year. If you love to bag a bargain, you've come to the right place. Kirkgate Market, Trinity shopping centre and Victoria Leeds provide all the retail space you'd ever need and, when you've shopped till you've dropped, you can take the weight off with a bite to eat in one of the trendy eateries before heading back to your Leeds bed and breakfast.
The bed and breakfasts in Leeds come in all shapes and sizes, though they are almost always run by locally born owners who know the city like the back of their hand. Forget impersonal hotel reception desks, these owners are great for getting a little insider knowledge about the best places to eat or the goings-on in the city. If you're looking for a home away from home, they make the perfect antidote to the chain hotels. Some are Victorian terraced houses with just a handful of rooms, others are luxurious boutiques whose interiors wouldn't look out of place in the pages of a design magazine. If you're looking for a hip crash pad overlooking the city, there's a ton to choose from. Alternatively, score one of the old cottages just outside the city and take some time to explore the rolling Yorkshire countryside. Whatever floats your boat, you'll find it by scrolling through the extensive listings on Expedia, where descriptions and photos help you make the perfect choice and booking is a breeze, completed in just a few clicks.
When you arrive, you'll be assured of a warm welcome from the resident owners and once you've checked into your room, you'll find all the facilities you could need for a comfortable stay. You'll always have free WiFi, which you can use to help plan your activities, perhaps from your comfortable bed while you sip on a freshly brewed cup of tea. You'll never have trouble finding a B&B with ensuite bathrooms, free parking spots outside, or those with licenses, should you want a glass of red with your evening meal. Every morning, you'll wake to a slap-up home-cooked breakfast. You can expect bacon, eggs, toast, pastries and more, to be washed down with strong coffee or tea. If you're on a tour of the UK, consider dropping by the capital of the North, Manchester, next.
There's so much to do near your Leeds bed and breakfast, it can be a little daunting to work out where to start. If you're interested in history, the recently restored, honey-coloured Leeds Cathedral is a good place to kick things off. Afterwards, the ruins of the 500-year-old monastery, Kirkstall Abbey, are fascinating, as is Temple Newsam, a centuries-old estate surrounded by some impressive woodland grounds. At the Royal Armouries Museum you can find a unique collection of more than 8,500 armaments from across the ages. If you're lucky enough to score tickets for the 19th-century Grand Theatre and Opera House, you can catch one of the dramas, ballet performances or shows in the opulent red-curtained interior.