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Aberdeen location and architecture Aberdeen gives Edinburgh and Glasgow a run for their money. but it rank third in Scotland when it comes to size, situated on the banks of the rivers Dee and Don around a working harbour, Aberdeen is a city, which hewn from granite, literally sparkles. Much of the iconic architecture that spawned the ΓÇÿGranite City' moniker dates back to the Victorian era. The heart of Old Aberdeen lies across the Brig O'Balgownie (one of the oldest bridges in Britain), where you will find King's College and its famous dome-crowned tower.
Cambridge is situated on River Cam in the East of England, Cambridge can trace its ancestry back to the first century BC when an Iron Age Belgic tribe built a settlement in the area. The Romans took over around 40AD, and later the Saxons and Normans occupied the site.
County Derry is one of the longest continuously inhabited places in Ireland and its beauty can't compare with other cities of Ireland. You can drive northeast from Derry city, along the coast to the seaside towns of Portstewart and Portrush, and walk along the beautiful beach at Castlerock. The Sperrin Mountains offer great walking opportunities while the town of Coleraine is home to the University of Ulster.The historic walled city of Derry, also known as Londonderry, came into existence in 546 AD, when St Columba founded a monastery beside the River Foyle. It is the fourth largest city in Ireland, and the only one whose ancient walls survive intact. Stroll along the walls and visit the Tower Museum, which charts the history of the city from its beginnings right up to the 1970s. Derry has a great reputation fo...
Dundee is the fourth-largest city in Scotland and, fully named as Dundee City, one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas. Dundee and the surrounding area has been continuously occupied since the Mesolithic. The port developed initially on the back of the wool trade exporting wool from the Angus hinterland. It is situated on the north bank of the Firth of Tay, which feeds into the North Sea. Once it was cheaper to produce linen, which had supplanted the wool trade and was itself under pressure from cotton abroad, the weavers turned their skills to weaving imported jute. The weaving industry caused the city to grow rapidly with many migrant workers though the town contained very few stone buildings prior to 1860. In this period, Dundee also gained a reputation for its marmalade industry and its journalism, givi...
The meaning od world ΓÇÿEdinburgh' may be uncertain, but whether it is a corruption of Edwin's Burgh or from the Gaelic ΓÇÿdin Eidyn' (meaning ΓÇÿEidyn's Hill Fort'), what is clear is that these days the Scottish capital is a city on an inexorable rise. The ΓÇÿFestival City' buzzes with life year round, be it the fireworks and concerts of the world famous New Year Hogmanay street party or the flurry of arts extravaganzas that burst through the cobbled streets of the old and new towns during the Edinburgh Festival in August.
Festival time. Fireworks explode in fizzing starbursts of ruby and emerald above the smoke-swept battlements of Edinburgh Castle, while cascades of sparkling fire stream down the castle walls. Swooshing rooster-tails of rockets fill the sky ever more thickly, lighting up the rapt faces of the crowds, as the thundering music swells to a climax. And you're standing there in the midst of it all, face turned towards the sky; transfixed, mesmerised, seduced, wondering what's going to happen next. Edinburgh is one of Europe's most beautiful cities, draped across a series of rocky hills overlooking the sea. It's a town intimately entwined with its landscape, with buildings and monuments perched atop crags and overshadowed by cliffs - in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, 'a...
Glasgow is regenerating and evolving at a dizzying pace style cats beware, this city is edgy, modish and downright ballsy. Its Victorian architectural legacy is now swamped with cutting-edge style bars, world-class venues to tickle your taste buds, and a hedonistic club culture that will bring out your nocturnal instincts. Best of all, though, is Glasgows pounding live-music scene which is one of the best in Britain, and accessible through countless venues dedicated to homegrown beats.
In 19th and 20th centuries there has always been an enormous sense of pride in the city's history - the long list of inventors, engineers, writers and architects were part of the driving force of industrialisation, tamed by socially progressive values in the 'second city' of the British Empire. Glasgow has seen more changes in the past two decades than almost any other British city. From a declining industrial centre with widespread pessimism about its future, Glasgow has been transformed into a forward-looking city and one of the hippest spots in Europe.
Leeds located in West Yorkshire, the city gives easy access to the stunning countryside that characterises the region. But if you thought that Leeds was all about flat caps and whippets then think again, as now Leeds become a young, vibrant city that's more about champagne and cocktails than real ale.
In 13th Centuary, Liverpool started out as a small riverside village and later Liverpool became one of the UK's major trading cities that rose to prominence during the 17th and 18th centuries. Situated on the north bank of the River Mersey,
London assumes the mantle of one of the worlds great cities with ease, crowning itself Napoleon-style by hosting its third Olympic games in 2012. Its safe to say that London has not exuded so much confidence since the heady days of empire in the late 19th century, even despite the economic crisis that has seen the citys status as the worlds pre-eminent financial centre take a wobble.London has been called a GÇÿworld in one city and thats not just empty rhetoric. The brilliant feat carried off here is that while immigrants, the citys life blood, continue to flow in and contribute their energy and cultures to the capitals already spicy melting pot, London nevertheless feels quintessentially British, whether its those boxy black cabs, the red double deckers or those grand symbols of Britain the mother of all parliame...
In 79AD Romans settled in Manchester and stayed for the next three centuries. Historical records show that by 1322 there was already a textile industry in place and by 1600 cotton was being imported, Textile Industry fuelling Manchester's growth.
Oxford is a centre for learning and research that continues to attract the very best academics from across the globe. Oxford famous all over the world for its 800-year-old university, The city also attract tourists from all over the world. More than five million people come to the city every year to visit the university colleges and marvel at the beautiful honey gold architecture with their domes and spires. Matthew Arnold called Oxford the city of ΓÇÿdreaming spires', and there is indeed something dreamlike about this city on the Thames - or the Isis, as the river is called in Oxford.
Stirling lies at one of Scotlands most stra-¡tegic sites and has been at the heart of many conflicts. Theres a hustle and bustle on the streets and footpaths during the day, but at night it all disappears and a twilight walk of the old town can be magical. In the right light and away from the buzz of the retail calamity in the centre, theres something a bit fairytale-like about Stirling. For visitors the city rivals Edinburgh (but on a smaller scale) for historical attractions and the atmosphere of its old town.
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