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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.
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.