Bristol Durham Train
The Bristol Durham train connection travels between the stations of Bristol Temple Meads and Durham.
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The city of Bristol, which borders the counties of Gloucestershire and Somerset, has always prospered due to its ties to the sea. The city's commercial Port of Bristol was originally located on the heart of the city but was moved to Avonmouth on the Severn Estuary. Royal Portbury Dock lies to the west of the city. Additionally, Bristol has a long history as a centre of culture and as such is the largest cultural centre in the region. In recent years the city's economy has increasingly depended on the creative media, electronics and aerospace industry. The site of the former docks in the city centre have been regenerated as a centre of heritage and culture. The city's principal theatre company, the Bristol Old Vic, was founded in 1946 as an offshoot of The Old Vic company in London. Its premises on King Street consist of the 1766 Theatre Royal which has 607 seats, a modern studio theatre called the New Vic which has 150 seats, and foyer and bar areas in the adjacent Coopers' Hall (built 1743).
Bristol is located in an area of limestone which runs from the Mendip Hill to the south to the Cotswolds to the north east. The River Avon flows from nearby Bath and created a gorge, the Avon Gorge, which helped to protect Bristol Harbour.
The city of Durham is located in the north east of England in the district of County Durham. The city is home to the iconic Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is at the heart of a region that has amazing countryside and a breathtaking coastline. Visitors to the city can explore the tranquility of the Durham Dales, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, High Force waterfall and the Durham Heritage Coast. In the city you can take in the city's history at the Beamish Museum and Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon which is home of the first ever steam hauled passenger train which operated during the opening ceremony of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. When it's time to relax take a stroll through the city's cobbled streets and stop off at one of the city's many restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. Look out for the TasteDurham mark, a sign of great food and service proudly displayed at over forty five eateries across the county. Finally, if you crave culture, the Gala Theatre runs a year-round programme of exciting performances. Alternatively, if you prefer sports head to the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground.