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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.
Located in the West Midlands region of England, the city of Coventry is the region's second largest city after Birmingham. One of the main visitor attractions in the city is the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum whose permanent gallery spaces include sculpture, Old Masters paintings, art since 1900, local history and natural history. The Coventry Transport Museum is also another major attraction in the city. The Museum is free to enter and contains the largest collection of British-made road vehicles in the world. It also exhibits are the world speed record breaking cars, Thrust2 and ThrustSSC.
Roughly four miles from the city centre is the Lunt Fort which is a reconstructed Roman fort on its original site. Coventry was also one of the main centres of watchmaking during the 18th and 19th centuries and as the industry declined, the skilled workers were key to setting up the cycle trade. A group of local enthusiasts founded a museum in Spon Street.
Coventry is 19 miles from the city of Birmingham, 24 miles from Leicester, 30 miles from Lichfield, 37 miles from Wolverhampton and 43 miles from Worcester.