Leeds Chester Train
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The city of Leeds is located in West Yorkshire and is considered by many to be the cultural, financial and commercial centre of West Yorkshire. Historically, Leeds was located in the West Riding of Yorkshire and has grown from a small market town in the valley of the River Aire to become a large urban centre by the middle of the 20th century. During the Industrial Revolution Leeds transformed itself into a major industrial centre which was dominated by the wool and flax industries along with iron foundries and printing.
Leeds has three universities and as a result has one of the largest student populations in the UK. It is also second largest legal centre in the United Kingdom, after London. Leeds has extensive shopping opportunities for visitors including the indoor shopping centres of the Merrion Centre, St. John's Centre, The Core, the Victoria Quarter, The Light, the Corn Exchange and Trinity Leeds.
Leeds is home to the Grand Theatre where Opera North is based. The theatre has 1,500 seats and has recently undergone a £31.5m refurbishment. The City Varieties Music Hall, which hosted performances by Charlie Chaplin and Harry Houdini and was also the venue of the BBC television programme The Good Old Days, and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Just south of Leeds Bridge once stood The Theatre which hosted Sarah Siddons and Ching Lau Lauro in 1786 and 1834 respectively.
The city of Cheshire is located in the north west of England in the county of Cheshire. The city has the most complete city walls in Britain along with the oldest racecourse. It also has one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe which is over 1,000 years old and is open to the public for free. One of Chester's most unique features are the two-tiered rows, which means you can shop whatever the weather and gives you a unique shopping experience. The City Sightseeing Chester Tour will introduce you to the City Walls, the Cathedral, Roman Amphitheatre and much more. The bus crosses the Dee by both the Grosvenor and Old Dee Bridges and at The Groves provides a convenient connection with the river cruises operated by Bithell's Boats - take advantage of a combined Bus & River Cruise Ticket. Nearby Chester Zoo offers families a fantastic day out with more than 400 different species and 11,000 animals to see. The zoo is set in 110 acres of award winning enclosures and gardens to explore. Visitors can get a giraffe's eye view from the Zoofari Monorail or alternatively take a ride on the Waterbus.