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Liverpool is a city located in the metropolitan borough of Merseyside in the north west of England. The city lies on the eastern side of the River Mersey Estuary which led its development as an important seaport which led to the city's urbanisation and expansion. The port is also the reason why Liverpool has am ethnically diverse population which, for historical reasons, includes many people from Ireland. The city also has the oldest Black African community in the United Kingdom and the oldest Chinese community in Europe.
Liverpool has a world famous reputation for its music which is perhaps why it was labelled the World Capital of Pop by Guinness World Records. Famous artists and bands from the city include The Beatles, Billy Fury, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Echo & the Bunnymen and Frankie Goes to Hollywood to name just a few.
Liverpool is more than just its port and musical heritage. Parts of the city centre were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2004 including the Pier Head, Albert Dock and William Brown Street.
Liverpool also has a rich sporting heritage and is home to two of the English Premier League's top clubs: Liverpool Football Club and Everton Football Club. Matches between the two clubs are referred to as the "Merseyside Derby". Liverpool is also home to Aintree Racecourse which holds the annual world famous Grand National.
The city of Durham is located in the north east of England in the district of County Durham. The city is home to the iconic Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is at the heart of a region that has amazing countryside and a breathtaking coastline. Visitors to the city can explore the tranquility of the Durham Dales, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, High Force waterfall and the Durham Heritage Coast. In the city you can take in the city's history at the Beamish Museum and Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon which is home of the first ever steam hauled passenger train which operated during the opening ceremony of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. When it's time to relax take a stroll through the city's cobbled streets and stop off at one of the city's many restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. Look out for the TasteDurham mark, a sign of great food and service proudly displayed at over forty five eateries across the county. Finally, if you crave culture, the Gala Theatre runs a year-round programme of exciting performances. Alternatively, if you prefer sports head to the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground.