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The development of the city of Leicester is strongly linked to the completion of the Grand Union Canal in 1790 which linked Leicester to London and Birmingham, and also to the arrival of the railways in 1832. This process of industrialisation continued throughout the reign of Queen Victoria with the appearance of factories along the canal and the River Soar and of mills in districts such as Frog Island and Woodgate.
The city is the county town of Leicestershire in the East Midlands of England. Lying at the edge of the National Forest and on the River Soar, the city has a number of historical monuments including the 15th century Belgrave Bridge and the 12th century Leicester Abbey and medieval Leicester Castle.
Shopping in the city is divided between the Haymarket Shopping Centre, Highcross Leicester, St Martin's Square and Leicester Lanes. Leicester is also home to the largest outdoor covered marketplace in Europe. Leicester Market sells fruit, vegetables, fresh fish and meat and also hosts festivals which are organised by Leicester City Council. The market was given royal consent in 1229 by Henry III. Other markets in Leicester include Beaumont Leys Market. There are other markets, including the farmer's market and the continental markets usually held on Humberstone Gate or Gallowtree Gate.
Bristol is a university city located in the south west of England and lies only a few miles from the city of Bath. Bristol is a city of bridges, balloons, boats, bikes, Brunel and Banksy. Whatever you are looking for there is something for everyone in Bristol. See street art up-close with Bristol Street Art Tours and discover the street art home of Banksy. Bristol has a history for graffiti and street art that is unlike anywhere else in the United Kingdom. Recognised as the street art and graffiti capital of the U.K., Bristol is home to more than 100 street artists and graffiti writers, all working on the cutting edge of this worldwide art form. Also in the city is the Arnolfini which has provided a cultural resource for the people of Bristol for over fifty years. It is a centre for the contemporary arts and presents a programme of visual arts, performance, music and film. It also provides a diverse, interactive learning programme for all ages and is home to a much-loved shop, offering a range of books, art publications and gift ideas. The listed building also houses a popular café bar, offering locally sourced dishes in the historic harbourside setting.