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The city of Plymouth lies between the River Plym and the River Tamar in the south west of England. Both rivers flow into Plymouth Sound, a natural harbour. Plymouth Sound is protected from the sea by the Plymouth Breakwater, which has been in use since 1814. In the Sound is Drake's Island which is seen from Plymouth Hoe, a flat public area on top of limestone cliffs. The River Tamar forms the county boundary between Devon and Cornwall and its estuary upon which Devonport Dockyard sits.
Due to its position on the coast, Plymouth has historically had a maritime based economy particular in the defence sector. Devonport Dockyard is the United Kingdom's only naval base that refits nuclear submarines. Plymouth also has the largest grouping of maritime businesses in the south west of England. The city also has the Plymouth Gin Distillery which has been producing Plymouth Gin since 1793.
Built in 1815, Union Street was at the heart of Plymouth's historical culture. It became known as the servicemen's playground, as it was where sailors from the Royal Navy would seek entertainment of all kinds. During the 1930s, there were 30 pubs and it attracted such performers as Charlie Chaplin to the New Palace Theatre. It is now the late-night hub of Plymouth's entertainment strip.
Located in the north east of England, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne (usually just called Newcastle) is a lively and diverse city known for its nightlife, art, music and sport. The city is compact and friendly and is often a starting point for tours to the Northumberland coast and to Hadrian's Wall. Newcastle is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination in part due to the city's regeneration and also due to its proximity to areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Northumberland coastline and the Pennines.
Attractions in the city include the River Tynes which is a short walk from the city's railway station. The quayside is pedestrianised on the north side and organised city walks along the river can be found between May and November. The Tyne Bridge and Millennium Bridge, famous Newcastle landmarks, span the great River Tyne in the city centre.
There are concentrations of pubs, bars and nightclubs around the Bigg Market, and the Quayside area of the city centre. There are many bars on the Bigg Market, and other popular areas for nightlife are Collingwood Street, popularly referred to as the 'Diamond Strip' due to its concentration of high-end bars, Neville Street, the Central Station area and Osborne Road in the Jesmond area of the city.