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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.
Located in South Yorkshire, the city of Sheffield is a major industrial, cosmopolitan and cultural centre known for its green spaces, galleries and sporting facilities. It is also known throughout the world for its cutlery. The city lies mainly in South Yorkshire with Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to the west, south and east respectively.
Sheffield's city centre has seen significant work done to prioritise pedestrian access, including, amongst other things, excellent links from the railway station to the city centre and a comprehensive city-centre map and signage system. Most things to see and do can be reached on foot. Sheffield walking directions can be planned online with the walkit.com walking route planner.
The Millennium Galleries is free to enter and is an important attraction in the city. The Craft and Design Gallery displays the work of past and present craftsmen and designers. The Metalwork Gallery shows Sheffield's metal industries and the Ruskin Gallery hosts the collection of the Guild of St George. The Special Exhibition Gallery hosts touring exhibitions from galleries like the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Victoria Quays, previously known as the Canal Basin, is an attractive basin straddled by a warehouse and colourful narrowboats to look at. From Victoria Quays it is possible to follow the Sheffield and Tinsley canal towpath to Meadowhall Shopping Centre which is roughly 6.5km away.