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The city of Preston was granted city status in 2002 and is located in the north west of England in the county of Lancashire. Preston was transformed during the 19th century from a small market town to a much larger industrial town. Innovations which occurred during the second half of the 19th century, such as Richard Arkwright's water frame (which was invented in Preston) attracted cotton mills to many northern towns in England, including Preston. The prosperity of the town led to it becoming the first town in England after London to be lit by gas.
The River Ribble forms Preston's southern border and the Forest of Bowland lies beyond the city and the Fylde coastal plain lies to the west. There are a number of museums worth visiting in the city. These include the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, the Broughton Cottage Museum, the Queen's Lancashire Regiment Museum and the Ribble Steam Railway. The city, and its surrounding area, is also home to a number of nature reserves: Grange Valley, Holls and Hollows, Pope Lane Field and Boilton Wood and the Fishwick Nature Reserve.
The city of Cardiff is located in South Wales and is the capital city of Wales. Cardiff is a small city and at its centre is Cardiff Castle whose history spans over 2,000 years which began with the Romans. The National Museum Cardiff contains Wales' national archeology, geology and natural history collections. In addition, the Wales Millennium Centre is one of the most varied and lively performing arts centres in Europe. Located five minutes from the city centre is Mermaid Quay which is a great place to relax with a drink and a meal on the waterfront. For fans of Whisky there is the Penderyn Distillery which is the only distillery in Wales and one of the smallest in the world. Cardiff also has a vibrant cultural scene with St David's Hall, the national concert hall of Wales, playing host to the Welsh Proms. Also, at the Wales Millennium Centre you can catch the Welsh National Opera and The BBC National Orchestra of Wales. For fans of the hit BBC television show Doctor Who, Cardiff is home to the Doctor Who Experience which offers an interactive journey through Doctor Who's world giving visitors a chance to fly the Tardis and come face to face with Daleks.