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About St Albans
The city of St Albans is located just to the north of London in the county of Hertfordshire. The medieval town grew on the hill around the Benedictine foundation of St Albans Abbey. In its time it was the principal abbey in England and the first draft of the Magna Carta was drawn up there. The Abbey Church, now St Albans Cathedral, became the parish church in 1553 only around 15 ears after the dissolution of the priory in 1539. The town was granted city status in 1877 when the church was declared a cathedral.
The growth of the city was slow before the 20th century which largely reflected the fact that it was a rural market town, a Christian pilgrimage site and the first coaching stop on the route to and from London. The latter is the reason why there are a large number of inns and public houses dating from Tudor times (1485 - 1603). Today the city is a popular visitor destination as the city shows evidence of building and excavation from all periods of its history. Notable buildings include the Abbey and the 15th century clock tower, which is one of only two similar towers in England. The city is also the site of the Eleanor Cross which was destroyed in 1703.
Birmingham is located in the West Midlands region of England and is England's second city. If you like your city breaks with a big helping of culture, Birmingham is the perfect place for you. The city’s events calendar is jam-packed, so you’re bound to find something fun happening– it could be anything from an outdoor arts or comedy festival to a celebration of whisky or literature. For something a little more traditional, you can catch the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, and the Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Or why not visit the new Library of Birmingham, designed by Dutch architects and now the largest public library in Europe. Birmingham is also the perfect city for children. A visit to Cadbury World is a dream come true for kids of all ages, and it is also home to the world’s biggest Cadbury shop. Music has also played an important role in Birmingham cultural history. You can catch the best of the city’s modern musical talent at the Jam House and the Custard Factory, as well as the biggest names in music at the O2 Academy and the National Indoor Arena.