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Cambridge is a city and historic university town and administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire, England. The city is located on the River Cam, from which it derives its name, and is around 50 miles to the north of London. The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 and is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 universities in the world.
Modern day Cambridge has a diverse economy with strength in sectors such as research and development, software consultancy, high value engineering, creative industries, pharmaceuticals and tourism. The city lies at the heart of the high-technology centre known as Silicon Fen with its strength lying in industries such as software and bioscience with many companies having spun out of the university. The city is also home to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which is one of the world's largest biomedical research clusters.
Cambridge is home to the internationally regarded Kettle's Yard gallery and the artist run Aid and Abet project Space. A short distance to the west of Cambridge is Wysing Arts Centre, one of the leading research centres for the visual arts in Europe.
Cambridge is twinned with two cities; Heidelberg in Germany since 1965, and Szeged in Hungary since 1987.
Located in the north east of England, the city of Durham is a cathedral city and has a Norman Castle dating from 1073. During the medieval period the city gained spiritual prominence because it was the final resting place of Saint Cuthbert and Saint Bede the Venerable. The shrine of Saint Cuthbert, situated behind the High Altar of Durham Cathedral, was the most important religious site in England until the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury.
The old commercial section of the city encompasses the peninsula on three sides, following the River Wear. The peninsula was historically surrounded by the castle wall extending from the castle keep and broken by two gatehouses to the north and west of the enclosure. After extensive remodeling by the Victorians the walls were removed with the exception of the gatehouse which is still standing on the Bailey.
The whole of the centre of Durham is designated a conservation area which was first designated in 1968, and was extended in 1980. In addition to the Cathedral and Castle, Durham contains over 630 listed buildings, 569 of which are located within the city centre conservation area.