Leicester is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest. Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, with a history going back at least two millennia. It is believed that the Romans arrived in the Leicester area around AD 47, during their conquest of southern Britain. Leicester was an important place gaining city status and then then losing it, it was only regained in 1919. The construction of the Grand Union Canal in the 1790s linked Leicester to London and Birmingham. In 1832, the railway arrived in Leicester. Leicester experiences a maritime climate with mild to warm summers and cool winters. There are many interesting things to do in Leicester including The National Space Centre and other museums art gallerys and music venues.