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The historic city of Canterbury is located in south east England in the county of Kent and lies on the River Stour. The city's cathedral, which lies at the heart of the city, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Canterbury Cathedral was founded in 597 AD by Augustine and is the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Anglican Church. Many historical structures remain, including a city wall founded in Roman times and rebuilt in the 14th century, the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey and a Norman castle, and perhaps the oldest school in England, The King's School.
The city's theatre and concert hall is the Marlowe Theatre which was named after Christopher Marlowe, who was born in the city in Elizabethan times. The old Marlowe Theatre was located in St Margaret's Street and housed a repertory theatre. The Gulbenkian Theatre, at the University of Kent, also serves the city, housing also a cinema and café. The Marlowe Theatre has now been completely rebuilt, fully opening in October 2011. Besides the two theatres, theatrical performances also take place at several areas of the city, for instance the Cathedral and St Augustine's Abbey. The premiere of Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot took place at Canterbury Cathedral.
The city is served by two main line railway stations: Canterbury West and Canterbury East.
Birmingham is located in the West Midlands region of England and is England's second city. If you like your city breaks with a big helping of culture, Birmingham is the perfect place for you. The city’s events calendar is jam-packed, so you’re bound to find something fun happening– it could be anything from an outdoor arts or comedy festival to a celebration of whisky or literature. For something a little more traditional, you can catch the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, and the Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Or why not visit the new Library of Birmingham, designed by Dutch architects and now the largest public library in Europe. Birmingham is also the perfect city for children. A visit to Cadbury World is a dream come true for kids of all ages, and it is also home to the world’s biggest Cadbury shop. Music has also played an important role in Birmingham cultural history. You can catch the best of the city’s modern musical talent at the Jam House and the Custard Factory, as well as the biggest names in music at the O2 Academy and the National Indoor Arena.