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Newport, in Gwent, is a cathedral city in south east Wales. The city lies on the River Usk close to its confluence with the Severn estuary and is roughly 10 miles to the east of Cardiff, Wales' capital city. Newport has been a port since medieval times when its castle was built by the Normans. The city grew rapidly when the port began to play an important role in exports of coal that had been mined in the eastern valleys of South Wales. Newport remained the largest coal exporting port until Cardiff took over in the 1850's.
Newport's main shopping area is the pedestrianised streets of the city centre which include the High Street, Newport Arcade, Market Arcade, Commercial Street, Skinner Street, Bridge Street, Upper Dock Street, Market Street and John Frost Square. There is also the Kingsway Shopping Centre which is an indoor shopping mall.
Newport Transporter Bridge is one of the few remaining working bridges of its type in the world and featured in the film Tiger Bay. Visitors can travel on the suspended cradle most days and can walk over the top of the steel framework on bank holidays. The only other British example is Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge. Open days are occasionally held to view the renovation of the historically important Newport Ship.
Birmingham is located in the West Midlands region of England and is England's second city. If you like your city breaks with a big helping of culture, Birmingham is the perfect place for you. The city’s events calendar is jam-packed, so you’re bound to find something fun happening– it could be anything from an outdoor arts or comedy festival to a celebration of whisky or literature. For something a little more traditional, you can catch the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, and the Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Or why not visit the new Library of Birmingham, designed by Dutch architects and now the largest public library in Europe. Birmingham is also the perfect city for children. A visit to Cadbury World is a dream come true for kids of all ages, and it is also home to the world’s biggest Cadbury shop. Music has also played an important role in Birmingham cultural history. You can catch the best of the city’s modern musical talent at the Jam House and the Custard Factory, as well as the biggest names in music at the O2 Academy and the National Indoor Arena.