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City is 'Knightsbridge of North'
Victoria Quater
Leeds' Victoria Quater is popular for shopping
Leeds has been praised as the Knightsbridge of the North in a new version of a travel guide.

York is also hailed as a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth in the new edition of Lonely Planet, published on Wednesday.

But spa-resort Harrogate came in for a mauling, being described as a place which has not changed much since Agatha Christie fled there in 1926.

The guide is aimed at tourists both from Britain and abroad.

Civic leaders in Harrogate hit back at the criticism.

Attracting visitors

Councillor Mike Gardner, leader of Harrogate Borough Council, said: "I am amazed the guide says we haven't changed.

Harrogate's Royal Hall is due for an 8m face-lift
The town has a 235m conference and exhibition industry and is a 'vibrant, cosmopolitan and up-to-the minute town equal to any of its European counterparts," he said.

"And what about the Turkish Baths where Agatha could be found? They have just undergone a 1m refurbishment to bring them back to their glittering Victorian beginnings and they continue to attract visitors from around the world."

"We have been renowned for welcoming and attracting visitors for more than 100 years and that is something that hasn't changed.

Leeds is highly praised for its shopping and leisure facilities.

But Councillor Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds City Council, said there was more to Leeds than shopping.

"We've always known Leeds is a wonderful city, with something for everyone, excellent shops, restaruants, countryside, nightlife, the list is endless" he said.

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