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Sunderland is a city in Tyne and Wear in the north east of England. It lies at the mouth of the River Wear which also runs through the city with the two sides of the city connected by the Queen Alexandra Bridge at Pallion and the Wearmouth Bridge just north of the city centre. Much of the city is located on a low range of hills running parallel to the coast.
Over the centuries the city grew as a port, trading coal and salt. The city also began shipbuilding in the 14th century and was once regarded as being the "Largest Shipbuilding Town in the World" and by the 19th century Sunderland had grown to absorb Bishopwearmouth and Monkwearmouth.
Following the decline in the city's shipbuilding, the shipyards along the Wear were redeveloped into a mixture of residential, commercial and leisure facilities which includes St. Peter's Campus of the University of Sunderland, the North Haven housing and marina development, the National Glass Centre, the Stadium of Light, home to Sunderland Football Club, and the Riverside Retail Park. Adjacent to the Stadium of Light is the Sunderland Aquatic Centre which contains the only Olympic size swimming pool between Leeds and Edinburgh.
Sheffield, located in South Yorkshire, is teeming with entertainment and cultural attractions, from award-winning theatre to striking art spaces, arena filling concerts to independent cinema, the great outdoors to inner city pampering, whatever you want to do, there's something for everyone. Live music appears to be on every corner whether you want top name pop bands, philharmonic concerts or folk music in a local pub. Live music venues in the city include the O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, The Octagon Centre, The Leadmill, Sheffield City Hall, Corporation, The Greystones and Plug. Sheffield is also a family-friendly city with lots of fabulous family days out to enjoy. Family days out could take in the splendour of the Magna Science Adventure Centre, Ice Sheffield, Aeriel Extreme, the Tropical Butterfly House and Falconry Centre or the Heeley City Farm. The city is easily explored on foot. Why not spend 90 minutes with a tour guide exploring the city centre and getting to know all the best bits, the interesting things and the downright quirky facts. Tours take place daily, Tuesday through to Saturday starting at 10.30am starting from outside 'Welcome to Sheffield' visitor services on Surrey Street.