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Exeter is a city located in Devon in south west England and is the country town of Devon and home to Devon County Council. The city lies in the River Exe and is roughly 40 miles to the north east of Plymouth and 70 miles to the south west of Bristol. The city can trace its origins back to at least Roman times where it was the most south westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain. The city's Cathedral was founded in the 12th century and became Anglican at the time of the 16th century Reformation.
The city is excellent transport connections which includes Exeter St Davids railway station, Exeter Central railway station, Exeter International Airport and the M5 motorway.
Exeter has excellent shopping facilities with the High Street being devoted to national chains. Connected to the High Street are three different areas that offer visitors a more varied experience. These are Princesshay has a large number of independent shops and national chains. The Guildhall Shopping Centre has a mixture of national and local stores and finally the Harlequins Centre accommodates many smaller businesses. Smaller streets off the High Street such as Gandy Street also offer a range of independent shops.
Located in the county of Wiltshire in the south of England, the city of Salisbury is the only city in Wiltshire and has at its centre a 13th century cathedral. Old Serum is the site of the original city and is located on a hilltop just to the north of the present day city. The site shows evidence of habitation from around 3,000 BC to 1219 when the bishop relocated the cathedral to its present location. Most of the site is free to enter although there is a charge for the Inner Bailey.
Music plays an important part in the city's history especially during the 18th century when James Harris, a friend of George Frideric Handel, directed concerts at the Assembly Rooms for almost fifty years until his death in 1780. Art also has an important role in Salisbury's history. John Constable made a number of landscape paintings featuring the cathedral's spire and surrounding countryside. The city retains a strong artistic community. The city holds an annual arts festival, the International Arts Festival, which began in 1973 and is held in late May to early June. The festival contains a programme of live music, dance, sculpture and art exhibitions.