Liverpool Gloucester Train
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The city of Liverpool, located on the Liverpool Bay of the Irish Sea, has been described as having "the most splendid setting of any English city" . Liverpool; is roughly 180 miles to the north west of London and is built across a ridge of sandstone hills which are around 230 feet above sea level at their highest point at Everton Hill. This also marks the southern point of the West Lancashire Plain. Separating Liverpool from the Wirral Peninsular is the estuary of the River Mersey which flows from Stockport in Greater Manchester to Liverpool Bay.
Liverpool was a pioneer city in many fields. In the arts it was home to the first lending library, athenaeum society, arts centre and public art conservation centre. The city is also home to the oldest surviving classical orchestra and the oldest surviving repertory theatre, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Liverpool Playhouse respectively.
Liverpool's iconic catholic cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, was completed in 1967 and is the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool and is a Grade II* Listed building. The cathedral is sometimes referred to as "Paddy's Wigwam" or the "Mersey Funnel" by local people.
The city of Gloucester is located in the county of Gloucestershire and lies close to the border with Wales. The city, which also lies on the River Severn, has a rich past dating back to Roman times. At the heart of the city, and standing in College Green, is the Norman cathedral with its breathtaking fan-vaulted cloisters and great east window. From the cathedral it is only a short walk down narrow cobbled streets, past historical buildings, to the main shopping area in the city. From there it is, once again, a short walk to the Victorian Docks with its now converted warehouses. In the docks you are likely to see all manner of vessels from narrow boats to sea going ships. The city is also an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area and take in the splendour of the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean. The Cotswolds is an area of rolling hills which rise from the meadows of the upper Thames to an escarpment, known as the Cotswold Edge, above the Severn Valley and Evesham Vale. The Forest of Dean is an area of mixed ancient woodland and forms a roughly triangular plateau bounded by the River Wye to the west and north, the River Severn to the south, and the City of Gloucester to the east.