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The city of Liverpool, located on the Liverpool Bay of the Irish Sea, has been described as having "the most splendid setting of any English city" . Liverpool; is roughly 180 miles to the north west of London and is built across a ridge of sandstone hills which are around 230 feet above sea level at their highest point at Everton Hill. This also marks the southern point of the West Lancashire Plain. Separating Liverpool from the Wirral Peninsular is the estuary of the River Mersey which flows from Stockport in Greater Manchester to Liverpool Bay.
Liverpool was a pioneer city in many fields. In the arts it was home to the first lending library, athenaeum society, arts centre and public art conservation centre. The city is also home to the oldest surviving classical orchestra and the oldest surviving repertory theatre, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Liverpool Playhouse respectively.
Liverpool's iconic catholic cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, was completed in 1967 and is the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool and is a Grade II* Listed building. The cathedral is sometimes referred to as "Paddy's Wigwam" or the "Mersey Funnel" by local people.
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.