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Canterbury, in the south east of England, can trace its history back to before the Romans in the 1st century AD but grew in importance following the Kingdom of Kent's conversion to Christianity in 597 when St Augustine founded a bishops seat in the city and then became the first Archbishop of Canterbury, a position that now heads the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion. Thomas Becket's murder at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 led to the cathedral becoming a place of pilgrimage for Christians worldwide.
The city is on the River Stour or Great Stour, flowing from its source at Lenham north-east through Ashford to the English Channel at Sandwich. The river divides south east of the city, one branch flowing though the city, the other around the position of the former walls. The Stour is navigable on the tidal section to Fordwich, although above this point canoes and other small craft can be used. Punts and rowed river boats are available for hire in Canterbury.
Canterbury is home to many historic structures in addition to its cathedral. These include the city wall built in Roman times and rebuilt in the 14th century, the ruins of St Augustine Abbey and a Norman castle. The city is also home to perhaps the oldest school in England, The King's School.
The northern city of Bradford is located in the county of West Yorkshire and is surrounded by rugged moorland and rolling hills, all of which are just a short journey from the heart of the city. It is a must for cyclists and walkers alike with a wide range of trails and paths to explore and enjoy. For a more sedate pace why not spend your time taking in the culture and heritage which is spread across the whole city. There is the magnificent architecture of Little Germany and the explained in the many museums such as the Bradford Industrial Museum and the Brontë Parsonage. Bradford is home to over 200 Asian restaurants and is proud to be Britain's Curry Capital of Britain for the last three years. There are a number of award winning restaurants which serve authentic Asian cuisine. Bradford has two shopping areas the Kirkgate Centre and the Forster Square Retail Park near Forster Square railway station. Bradford also has some of the best Asian shops in the country, including Bombay Stores the UK's largest department store. Here you will find beautiful fabrics, complete wedding outfits, gleaming jewellery and dainty shoes.