Canterbury Liverpool Train
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Canterbury, in the south east of England, can trace its history back to before the Romans in the 1st century AD but grew in importance following the Kingdom of Kent's conversion to Christianity in 597 when St Augustine founded a bishops seat in the city and then became the first Archbishop of Canterbury, a position that now heads the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion. Thomas Becket's murder at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 led to the cathedral becoming a place of pilgrimage for Christians worldwide.
The city is on the River Stour or Great Stour, flowing from its source at Lenham north-east through Ashford to the English Channel at Sandwich. The river divides south east of the city, one branch flowing though the city, the other around the position of the former walls. The Stour is navigable on the tidal section to Fordwich, although above this point canoes and other small craft can be used. Punts and rowed river boats are available for hire in Canterbury.
Canterbury is home to many historic structures in addition to its cathedral. These include the city wall built in Roman times and rebuilt in the 14th century, the ruins of St Augustine Abbey and a Norman castle. The city is also home to perhaps the oldest school in England, The King's School.
Located in the north west of England, the city of Liverpool has the perfect blend of old and new. The city has a world famous music scene and is the birthplace of the Beatles and is also home to Liverpool Football Club. Whilst in the city pay a visit to Albert Dock where you will find the Tate Liverpool, the Merseyside maritime Museum and the award winning Beatles Story. For fans of the Beatles you can take a Liverpool Beatles tour and discover the Cavern Club, Mendips, 20 Forthlin Road to name just a few important locations with a strong association with the band. For a family day out take a trip to the World Museum Liverpool which has everything from dinosaurs and Egyptian mummies to creatures from the deep and live creepy crawlies to discover. If you want an outdoor family adventure then take in the 550 acre Knowsley Safari Park where you can get close to camels, monkeys, rhinos and lions. Last, but not least, is Liverpool's sporting heritage. The city is home to two of the Premier League's biggest football teams - Liverpool Football Club and Everton Football Club. The city is also home to the world famous Grand National steeplechase race which is held at Aintree racecourse.