Destination: Durham

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Delightful university city packed with history and glorious countryside

Durham

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Introducing Durham


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.

Durham

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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.

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What can I see in and around Durham?


Beamish Open Air Museum

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Beamish Open Air Museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful countryside, tells the story of how the industrial revolution and the coming of the railways impacted the people of North-East England. See what life was like in the 1820s,1910s and 1940s with costumed folks, and period trams and buses wich help you move between the different museum locations.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Durham Cathedral

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Durham Cathedral is one of the few cathedrals in England to retain almost all of its Norman craftsmanship and original design. Even as you walk along Durham's medieval streets, the Cathedral's imposing beauty cannot be missed. Once inside the interior is striking.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Durham Castle

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Durham Castle is now part of Durham University (England's 3rd oldest university after Oxford and Cambridge). The castle was commisioned by William the Conqueror in the 1070s but has undergone adaptations over the centuries and can be visited by guided tour only. (Please note that the entrance price is not included in the quote as it is payable on the day)
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Oriental Museum

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Inside the castle the Oriental Museum is dedicated to the art and archaeology of the Orient. Highlights include one of the largest and finest collections of Chinese artefacts in Europe and an ancient Egyptian collection
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Crook Hall and Gardens

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Crook Hall & Gardens are just a short walk from the city's bustling market place. With the 13th century medieval hall as a backdrop, you can enjoy wandering through the beautiful gardens and admiring the sculptures along the way.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Barnard Castle

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Barnard Castle, 25 miles from Durham is both castle and town. Set on a high rock above the River Tees, the ruined castle takes its name from its 12th-century founder, Bernard de Balliol. It was subsequently used to keep out the Scots. The town itself has a number of atmospheric old pubs and quaint old shops.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Bowes Museum

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The Bowes Museum is located in a French style chateaux, in a serene gardens and parkland setting. It has 3 floors worth of European fine and decorative arts going back as far as the middle ages plus the museum's most popular exhibit a life size mechanical silver swan, which operates at 2pm every day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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