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The city of Chester lies on the River Dee and is located in the county of Cheshire in north west England and is close to the border with Wales. Chester was granted city status in 1541. Chester was one of the last towns in England to fall to the Normans in the Norman conquest of England. William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a castle, to dominate the town and the nearby Welsh border. The city has a number of medieval buildings, but some of the black-and-white buildings within the city centre are actually Victorian restorations. Chester is one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain and apart from a 100-metre section, the listed Grade I walls are almost complete. A footpath runs along the top of the walls, crossing roads by bridges over Eastgate, Northgate, St Martin's Gate, Watergate, Bridgegate, Newgate, and the Wolf Gate, and passing a series of structures, namely Phoenix Tower (or King Charles' Tower), Morgan's Mount, the Goblin Tower (or Pemberton's Parlour), and Bonewaldesthorne's Tower with a spur leading to the Water Tower, and Thimbleby's Tower.
The Industrial Revolution brought railways, canals, and new roads to the city, which saw substantial expansion and development – Chester Town Hall and the Grosvenor Museum are examples of Victorian architecture from this period.
Birmingham is located in the West Midlands region of England and is England's second city. If you like your city breaks with a big helping of culture, Birmingham is the perfect place for you. The city’s events calendar is jam-packed, so you’re bound to find something fun happening– it could be anything from an outdoor arts or comedy festival to a celebration of whisky or literature. For something a little more traditional, you can catch the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, and the Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Or why not visit the new Library of Birmingham, designed by Dutch architects and now the largest public library in Europe. Birmingham is also the perfect city for children. A visit to Cadbury World is a dream come true for kids of all ages, and it is also home to the world’s biggest Cadbury shop. Music has also played an important role in Birmingham cultural history. You can catch the best of the city’s modern musical talent at the Jam House and the Custard Factory, as well as the biggest names in music at the O2 Academy and the National Indoor Arena.