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The East Midlands city of Nottingham, famed for its Lace making and the legend of Robin Hood, is home to two universities: Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham. Many of the industrial buildings in the city have been redeveloped and have helped modern day Nottingham become a thriving centre for education and commerce. The Lace Market, which is to the south of Hockley, has many streets full of red brick warehouses which have been converted into apartments, bars and restaurants. Adams Building is now used by New College Nottingham.
Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem (The Trip), partially built into the cave system beneath Nottingham Castle, is a contender for the title of "England's Oldest Pub" due to its supposed establishment in 1189. However, The Bell Inn on the Old Market Square, and Ye Olde Salutation Inn (The Salutation) on Maid Marian Way, have both supposed to have disputed this claim. Whichever is the case it is safe to say that Nottingham has several public houses that date back to around the 11th century, or perhaps earlier.
There are two main shopping centres in Nottingham: Victoria Centre and the Broadmarsh Centre. The Victoria Centre was established on the site of the former Nottingham Victoria railway station, and was the first to be built in the city.
Located in the county of Monmouthshire, the city of Newport stands at the mouth of the River Usk. It is a busy industrial and commercial center and is home to the University of Wales Newport. Newport is surrounded by beautiful landscapes including the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Vale of Usk, famous for its salmon fishing, the Brecon Beacons National Park and Forest of Dean – both less than an hour’s drive from Newport.
To the south of the city lies the Caldicot and Wentloog Levels and Newport Wetlands Reserve. The Wetlands Reserve opened in March 2000 as a mitigation for the loss of mudflats caused by the building of the Cardiff Bay Barrage. Also a Local Nature Reserve is established at Allt-yr-yn.
On a sporting front, the city is currently home to a number of annual sporting events, including: The Wales Open European Tour golf tournament, the Elemis Invitational Trophy tennis tournament, the Welsh Open world ranking snooker tournament and the World Cup of Pool.
Many of the landmarks of Newport are in Newport city centre or within a short walking distance of the centre. These include the railway station, the bus station, the Castle, the Westgate Hotel, the Market, the Museum and Central Library, the Cathedral, the Transporter Bridge and Newport Bridge.