Winchester Bangor Train
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Winchester is a city and county town of Hampshire in southern England. The city lies at the western end of the South Downs National Park, along the course of the River Itchen. It is roughly 70 miles to the south west of London and 14 miles from Southampton. The city can trace its origins back to Roman times and a town called Venta Belgarum.
The city's major landmark is Winchester Cathedral which was built in 1079 and is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. The cathedral has the longest nave and overall length of all Gothic cathedrals in Europe. In addition to its cathedral, Winchester is also home to the University of Winchester and to Winchester College, the oldest public school in the United Kingdom which was founded in 1382.
Other important historic buildings include the Guildhall dating from 1871 in the Gothic revival style, the Royal Hampshire County Hospital designed by William Butterfield and Winchester City Mill, one of the city's several water mills driven by the River Itchen that run through the city centre. The mill has recently been restored, and is again milling corn by water power. It is owned by the National Trust.
Bangor is located on the North Wales coast and is an ancient, historic, cathedral and university city with lots to do and see. This friendly city has a unique character and landscape and visitors are able to enjoy a panoramic view of the sea from Bangor Mountain. When in Bangor visitors should take a stroll along the pier, sail a boat on the Menai Strait or climb the mountains of the Ogwen Valley and Nant Ffrancon. The city is an excellent base for exploring the mountains of the nearby Snowdonia National Park. Located roughly three miles from Bangor, Penrhyn Castle is a magnificent Neo-Norman mansion which has amazing views and a Victorian walled garden. The castle also has a collection of steam engines and grand master paintings. The castle was constructed in 1836 and was built by the Pennant family who made their fortune from sugar and then from slate which was quarried at nearby Bethesda. The castle in now owned by the National Trust. In the city there are a number of nature and heritage trails which link the city's green spaces with its architectural heritage. Nearby are protected wildlife and nature sites, from the spectacular drop of the Aber Falls to a number of nature reserves, both woodland and seaside.