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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.
Located in the county of Monmouthshire, the city of Newport stands at the mouth of the River Usk. It is a busy industrial and commercial center and is home to the University of Wales Newport. Newport is surrounded by beautiful landscapes including the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Vale of Usk, famous for its salmon fishing, the Brecon Beacons National Park and Forest of Dean – both less than an hour’s drive from Newport.
To the south of the city lies the Caldicot and Wentloog Levels and Newport Wetlands Reserve. The Wetlands Reserve opened in March 2000 as a mitigation for the loss of mudflats caused by the building of the Cardiff Bay Barrage. Also a Local Nature Reserve is established at Allt-yr-yn.
On a sporting front, the city is currently home to a number of annual sporting events, including: The Wales Open European Tour golf tournament, the Elemis Invitational Trophy tennis tournament, the Welsh Open world ranking snooker tournament and the World Cup of Pool.
Many of the landmarks of Newport are in Newport city centre or within a short walking distance of the centre. These include the railway station, the bus station, the Castle, the Westgate Hotel, the Market, the Museum and Central Library, the Cathedral, the Transporter Bridge and Newport Bridge.