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About York

York is an historic walled city located in North Yorkshire. The city lies at the confluence of the River Ouse and River Foss and is in the Vale of York, a flat area of fertile land bordered by the Pennines, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Wolds. York is dominated by its cathedral, York Minster, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. The present building was begun in about 1230 and completed in 1472. In addition to York Minster the city has many historic attractions, cultural and sporting events, which makes it a very popular visitor destination.

In the 19th century the city became a hub of the national railway network in the United Kingdom and a centre for the manufacture of confectionary, although modern York's economy is largely based on the service sector and tourism.

The Theatre Royal, which was established in 1744, produces an annual pantomime which attracts loyal audiences from around the country to see its veteran star, Berwick Kaler. The Grand Opera House and Joseph Rowntree Theatre also offer a variety of productions. The city is also home to the Riding Lights Theatre Company, which as well as operating a busy national touring department, also operates a busy youth theatre and educational departments.

About Portsmouth

Most of the city f Portsmouth lies on Portsea Island which is located where the Solent joins the English Channel. The city is in the county of Hampshire and is the United Kingdom's only island city. Portsea Island is separated from the mainland by a narrow creek, which is known locally by Portsbridge Creek. Portsmouth Harbour lies to the west of Portsea Island and the large tidal bay of Langstone Harbour is to the east.

Portsmouth's main shopping district is centred around Commercial Road, Edinburgh Road, Arundel Street, Crasswell Street and Charlotte Street. The city also has the Cascades Shopping Centre where many high street stores can be found. Many of the city's bars and nightclubs, including The Lyberry, Skyebar, Astoria and POPworld, can be found on Guildhall Walk.

Portsmouth has three theatres: the New Theatre Royal in Guildhall Walk, near to the City Centre, which specialises in classical, modern and avant-garde drama, and the newly restored Kings Theatre in Southsea's Albert Road, which has many amateur musicals as well an increasing number of national tours. The other theatre is The Groundlings Theatre, situated in The Old Beneficial School, Portsea.

The city's Roman Catholic Cathedral can be found on Edinburgh Road and Victoria Park, to the west of the city centre, is also home to Portsmouth's second football team, the United Services Portsmouth Football Club.