Lancaster Durham Train
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Lancaster is a city and county town of Lancashire and lies on the River Lune. The city offers visitors a huge range of cultural activities to immerse themselves in. The city also has many excellent examples of Georgian architecture as well as Lancaster Castle, the Priory Church of St. Mary and the Edwardian Ashton Memorial are all sites of historical importance.
The city's main venues for live performances are the Lancaster Grand Theatre, the Dukes and the Yorkshire House. The city also hosts "The Play in the Park" which is a group of open air performances which take place in Williamson Park. The city home to Lancaster University which also hosts public theatre performances, live music, exhibitions, contemporary dance and live art. The city also hosts a campus of the University of Cumbria. In early November the city puts on one of the largest fireworks displays in the north west of England.
Lancaster is also home to a number of golf clubs which include the Ashton Golf Centre, Lansil Golf Club, Forest Hills and Lancaster Golf Club.
Lancaster's railway station lies on the West Coast Main Line which provides passengers with direct services to destinations including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham and London as well as to many other towns and cities across the region and the UK.
Located in the north east of England, the city of Durham is a cathedral city and has a Norman Castle dating from 1073. During the medieval period the city gained spiritual prominence because it was the final resting place of Saint Cuthbert and Saint Bede the Venerable. The shrine of Saint Cuthbert, situated behind the High Altar of Durham Cathedral, was the most important religious site in England until the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury.
The old commercial section of the city encompasses the peninsula on three sides, following the River Wear. The peninsula was historically surrounded by the castle wall extending from the castle keep and broken by two gatehouses to the north and west of the enclosure. After extensive remodeling by the Victorians the walls were removed with the exception of the gatehouse which is still standing on the Bailey.
The whole of the centre of Durham is designated a conservation area which was first designated in 1968, and was extended in 1980. In addition to the Cathedral and Castle, Durham contains over 630 listed buildings, 569 of which are located within the city centre conservation area.