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Nottingham is a city and county town of Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands of England. The city is famed for its link to the legend of Robin Hood and is also renowned for its lace making, bicycle and tobacco industries. Visitors to Nottingham have a huge range of things to do and places and buildings to see. Some of Nottingham's famous venues include the National Ice Centre, the National Water Sports Centre, its Test cricket ground, Trent Bridge, two professional football teams (Nottingham Forest and Notts County), and successful cricket and ice hockey teams.
Culturally, Nottingham is spoilt for choice. In addition to its vast range of bars, restaurants and night clubs the city has two large theatres, many museums and art galleries, an independent cinema and several live music venues including the Nottingham Arena and Rock City.
Nottingham has many different architectural styles with buildings dating back to the 12th century. The centre of Nottingham is usually regarded as the Old Market Square which is the largest city square in the UK. The square is overlooked by the Council House which was built in the 1920's and has baroque columns and stone statues of two lions at the front to stand guard over the square. On the ground floor of the Council House, Exchange Arcade is an upmarket shopping centre which has a number of high end boutiques.
Located at the point where the River Hull joins the Hull estuary is the city of Hull, or Kingston upon Hull to give it its full name. The cobbled streets of the city's Old Town takes visitors back to days gone by. The city's Museums Quarter is home to a number of free museums and tells visitors the story of the city's past.
The city hosts a number of festivals each year. The Humber Mouth literature festival is held annually as is the Hull Jazz Festival which takes place around the Marina for a week at the beginning of August. A recent additional to Hull's festival scene is the 2008 founded Freedom Festival which is an annual free arts and live music event. Performers have included Pixie Lott, JLS and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
In October there is the annual Hull Fair which is one of Europe's largest travelling funfairs and is held on land adjacent to the KC Stadium.
As Hull is the largest town in the East Riding of Yorkshire it has developed into a good transport hub and destination for the region's shoppers. The city centre has three main shopping centres: St. Stephen's, Princes Quay and the Prospect Centre.