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The cathedral city of Gloucester is the county town of Gloucestershire and lies very close to the border with Wales. The city is roughly 30 miles to the north east of Bristol and 45 miles to the south west of Birmingham. Gloucester lies on the banks of the River Severn and is bounded by the Cotswolds to the east, the Forest of Dean to the west and the Malvern Hills to the north. Interestingly Gloucester is also a port city being linked to the Severn Estuary by the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. Following renovation the city's former wharfs and warehouses form a public open space, are home to the National Waterways Museum and a number of apartments, shops and bars.
Gloucester Cathedral is in the north of the city close to the river and originates in the foundation of an abbey dedicated to St Peter in 681. The cathedral is the burial place of King Edward II and its cloisters were used for some scenes in some of the Harry Potter movies.
Gloucester's main theatre is the Guildhall which hosts a large and diverse number of entertainments including live music, dance sessions, a cinema, bar, cafe and art gallery.
The city of Cardiff is located in South Wales and is the capital city of Wales. Cardiff is a small city and at its centre is Cardiff Castle whose history spans over 2,000 years which began with the Romans. The National Museum Cardiff contains Wales' national archeology, geology and natural history collections. In addition, the Wales Millennium Centre is one of the most varied and lively performing arts centres in Europe. Located five minutes from the city centre is Mermaid Quay which is a great place to relax with a drink and a meal on the waterfront. For fans of Whisky there is the Penderyn Distillery which is the only distillery in Wales and one of the smallest in the world. Cardiff also has a vibrant cultural scene with St David's Hall, the national concert hall of Wales, playing host to the Welsh Proms. Also, at the Wales Millennium Centre you can catch the Welsh National Opera and The BBC National Orchestra of Wales. For fans of the hit BBC television show Doctor Who, Cardiff is home to the Doctor Who Experience which offers an interactive journey through Doctor Who's world giving visitors a chance to fly the Tardis and come face to face with Daleks.