Bristol Salisbury Train
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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 Salisbury is located in the county of Wiltshire and is described as the City in the Countryside. The city is home to many timbered buildings, an early English Gothic Cathedral, home to copy of the Magna Carta, a bustling market, museums and some of England's finest houses. Located within the cathedral Close there is Arundells, Mompesson House, The Rifles Military Museum and the Salisbury Museum all of which provide many hours of fun for the family. On the edge of the city there is Salisbury Racecourse. In a beautiful setting the racecourse provides around 15 days of racing each year throughout the summer months. The racecourse attracts top jockeys and some of the best horses in the country. In 2012 Salisbury was awarded Purple Flag status which is awarded to towns or cities that offer a 'gold standard' for their centres at night. It is a standard that means they are welcoming to all and offer safe ways for people to travel home, provide a good mix of venues and have lower crime rates and lower levels of anti-social behaviour.