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Central England has a wealth of fascinating cities. Many are dominated by majestic castles or glorious cathedrals, such as Coventry and Warwick. For a complete contrast, Birmingham offers some great shopping and is renowned for its delicious Balti curries. While Cambridge renowned for its distinguished university and traditional punting on the river has a unique charm. Away from the cities, this region also offers many walking opportunities, through honey-coloured picturesque villages, steep hills and narrow river valleys.
Crossed from east to west by the Roman Hadrian's Wall, the North of England was the powerhouse of Britain's Industrial Revolution. Former factories have become award-winning attractions and the region is peppered with cutting-edge art and architecture, such as Antony Gormley's Angel of the North sculpture near Newcastle. This city has a vibrant waterfront, great for the arts and nightlife, and fantastic shopping at the 'MetroCentre'.
Manchester is a lively, cosmopolitan city with a growing cultural scene. Deansgate Locks, with its canal-side bars and restaurants, has fast become the place to be seen. While York, with its Jorvik Viking Centre and the imposing York Minster, offers plenty to explore. Some of the North of England's leading antique furniture, jewellery and silver specialists are also found here.