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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.
Sheffield, located in South Yorkshire, is teeming with entertainment and cultural attractions, from award-winning theatre to striking art spaces, arena filling concerts to independent cinema, the great outdoors to inner city pampering, whatever you want to do, there's something for everyone. Live music appears to be on every corner whether you want top name pop bands, philharmonic concerts or folk music in a local pub. Live music venues in the city include the O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, The Octagon Centre, The Leadmill, Sheffield City Hall, Corporation, The Greystones and Plug. Sheffield is also a family-friendly city with lots of fabulous family days out to enjoy. Family days out could take in the splendour of the Magna Science Adventure Centre, Ice Sheffield, Aeriel Extreme, the Tropical Butterfly House and Falconry Centre or the Heeley City Farm. The city is easily explored on foot. Why not spend 90 minutes with a tour guide exploring the city centre and getting to know all the best bits, the interesting things and the downright quirky facts. Tours take place daily, Tuesday through to Saturday starting at 10.30am starting from outside 'Welcome to Sheffield' visitor services on Surrey Street.