Exeter Derby Train
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Exeter is a city located in Devon in south west England and is the country town of Devon and home to Devon County Council. The city lies in the River Exe and is roughly 40 miles to the north east of Plymouth and 70 miles to the south west of Bristol. The city can trace its origins back to at least Roman times where it was the most south westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain. The city's Cathedral was founded in the 12th century and became Anglican at the time of the 16th century Reformation.
The city is excellent transport connections which includes Exeter St Davids railway station, Exeter Central railway station, Exeter International Airport and the M5 motorway.
Exeter has excellent shopping facilities with the High Street being devoted to national chains. Connected to the High Street are three different areas that offer visitors a more varied experience. These are Princesshay has a large number of independent shops and national chains. The Guildhall Shopping Centre has a mixture of national and local stores and finally the Harlequins Centre accommodates many smaller businesses. Smaller streets off the High Street such as Gandy Street also offer a range of independent shops.
The city of Derby is located in the East Midlands region of England and is the United Kingdom's most central city. Museums and galleries in the city include Pickford's House Museum which was built by architect Joseph Pickford in 1770 and was his home and business headquarters. Derby Museum and Art Gallery shows paintings by Joseph Wright, as well as fine Royal Crown Derby porcelain, natural history, local regiments and archaeology. Derby has the first public recreational park in the country to have an arboretum, the Derby Arboretum, which lies to the south of the city centre. The arboretum was set up by the philanthropic landowner and industrialist Joseph Strutt in 1840. The arboretum's website states that the arboretum's design was the inspiration for the vision of great urban parks in the United States, notably Central Park in New York City. Markeaton Park is Derby's most used leisure facility and is the venue for the city council's annual Guy Fawkes Night firework display and contains its own light railway. Other major parks in the city include Allestree Park, Darley Park, Chaddesden Park, Alvaston Park, Normanton Park and Osmaston Park.