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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 industrial northern city of Sheffield in located in South Yorkshire and lies on the River Sheaf. The city has many attractions including the Sheffield Walk of Fame in the city centre. This honours many famous residents of Sheffield past and present. Sheffield's two large theatres are the Lyceum Theatre and the Crucible Theatre. These two theatres along with the smaller Studio Theatre make up the largest theatre complex in the United Kingdom outside of London. The Crucible Theatre is perhaps best known for hosting the World Snooker Championships since 1977. The Lyceum Theatre hosts many touring West End productions and operas by Opera North along with shown put on by local companies.
The city also has a number of museums which include the Weston Park Museum, the Millennium Galleries, Graves Art Gallery, the Kelham Island Museum, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet which is a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the Shepherd Wheel which is a Grade II listed building and also a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Major railway routes through Sheffield railway station include the Midland Main Line, which links the city to London via the East Midlands, the Cross Country Route which links the East of Scotland and Northeast of England with the West Midlands and the Southwest, and the lines linking Liverpool and Manchester with Hull and East Anglia.