Delightful university city packed with history and glorious countryside
Durham Tours with Great British Trips
Near the end of the 10th century monks on the island of Lindisfarne fled from Viking invaders and eventually settled in the area on which the city of Durham now stands. A short time later the Normans invaded England and eventually took control of Durham from the Saxons. In 1072 The Normans built a castle in the city so they could keep its inhabitants in order. In 1093 the Norman Bishop William of Calais began a Cathedral. Today both castle and Cathedral form one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe and have been given World Heritage Site status, which along with the city's winding cobbled streets and cosmopolitan cafes, make it one of the finest cultural and historic destinations in the UK.
Want to visit Durham?
Region: North East England
Time to spend here: 3 hours - 1 day
More Information: www.thisisdurham.com
What's nearby? Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Yorkshire Moors, Northumberland
What transport do you recommend? Durham can be reached by train and navigated comfortably on foot. The local countryside is best seen with a car.
Did you know? A resident of Durham, a Mrs Clements, produced the worlds first paste mustard in 1720.