Exeter Portsmouth 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.
Located in the county of Hampshire, the city of Portsmouth, sometimes referred to as "Pompey", lies on the south coast of England and is home to the Royal Navy. The city's Historic Dockyard contains one of the most important collections of historic warships in the world. The collection includes HMS Victory, Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship, and the Mary Rose. For visitors wanting to see modern navy ships, boat tours can be taken around the harbour where docked Royal Navy ships can be observed. Portsmouth also has a rich literary and engineering history and is the birthplace of Charles Dickens and the pioneering engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Portchester Castle,, which is roughly 5 miles from Portsmouth, is one of the best preserved Roman fortifications in Northern Europe. Views from the castle's keep, which was built in Norman times, cover much of the surrounding area. The outer wall is of the late Roman era and the original church is still in use and is popular in summer for weddings. The castle is well sign posted, and served by regular buses and Portchester railway station is only a 10 minute walk.