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About Chester

The city of Chester lies on the River Dee and is located in the county of Cheshire in north west England and is close to the border with Wales. Chester was granted city status in 1541. Chester was one of the last towns in England to fall to the Normans in the Norman conquest of England. William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a castle, to dominate the town and the nearby Welsh border. The city has a number of medieval buildings, but some of the black-and-white buildings within the city centre are actually Victorian restorations. Chester is one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain and apart from a 100-metre section, the listed Grade I walls are almost complete. A footpath runs along the top of the walls, crossing roads by bridges over Eastgate, Northgate, St Martin's Gate, Watergate, Bridgegate, Newgate, and the Wolf Gate, and passing a series of structures, namely Phoenix Tower (or King Charles' Tower), Morgan's Mount, the Goblin Tower (or Pemberton's Parlour), and Bonewaldesthorne's Tower with a spur leading to the Water Tower, and Thimbleby's Tower.

The Industrial Revolution brought railways, canals, and new roads to the city, which saw substantial expansion and development – Chester Town Hall and the Grosvenor Museum are examples of Victorian architecture from this period.

About Manchester

The city of Manchester is located in north west England and is roughly 160 miles from London and has a number of museums and galleries that celebrate its rich industrial heritage, its Roman history, the women's suffrage movement and sport. There is a reconstructed part of the Roman fort of Mamucium which is located in the Castlefield area of the city and is open to the public. The Museum of Science and Industry, which is located in the former Liverpool Road railway station, and has a large collection of steam locomotives, industrial machinery, aircraft and a replica of the world's first stored computer program. Nearby Trafford Park is home to the Imperial War Museum North and the Manchester Museum has acclaimed Egyptology and natural history collections.

To the south of the city centre, and adjoining the campus of the University of Manchester, is the Whitworth Art Gallery which displays modern art, sculpture and textiles. The gallery focuses on modern artists, and the art collections include works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ford Madox Brown, Eduardo Paolozzi, Francis Bacon, William Blake, David Hockney, L. S. Lowry, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, and a fine collection of works by J.M.W. Turner.