Durham Travel Guide


Durham is a comparatively small city positioned in the north east of England, and about 15 miles towards south of Newcastle. River Wear flows across the city, forming was it called 'Durham's peninsula', being enclosed on 3 sides by water.

Its historic collection of buildings is inclusive of Durham Cathedral that was constructed in the year 1093, and is one of the finest within England. Being enclosed within hills, it also comprises of Durham Castle that is also University College. In fact, these two buildings have been awarded the 'World Heritage Site' Status by UNSECO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Durham is a city and main settlement of the district of County Durham, England. It is worldwide known for Norman Cathedral and Castle. The name of this city came from old English, which meant hill-island. It was called because of its steep, mountainous edges. This place has archaeological evidence which emphasizes its history of settlement. The Durham Cathedral was constructed from 1093 and even today it has the remains of St. Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede. For many travel writers, it is the finest cathedral in the whole world. Durham was a chief centre of political, as well as ecclesiastical power, especially because of its strategic importance with Scotland. A few of the present cathedrals, more recent ones along with the older one are considered to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the United Kingdom.

Hotels in Durham

Famous Places in Durham

Durham has won the Large Town award in the year 2005, Britain in Bloom. It holds a large number of places of interest for visitors. The centre of Durham lies on a peninsula crafted by the River Wear, at the base of which lies the market square. Since the market square, The Bailey leads to the south past Palace Green, which is almost owned by the Cathedral and University. Then there are Elvet Bridge, Prebends Bridge and Framwellgate Bridge and many more.

Night Life in Durham

Night life of Durham is extremely exciting with plenty of pubs, night clubs, where you can enjoy live performances, awesome music and spend a rocking night during your vacation.

Entertainment in Durham

Being a historical place, Durham has a large number of major attractions to visit. Some other sources of entertainment are museums, art galleries, archeology sites and Church. It comprises of the finest cathedrals of the world. You can take part in the various sports events, as well.

Top Restaurants & Bars in Durham

There are a large number of places to dine, no matter what your choice is. You can find everything from Chinese to Japanese and many other cuisines like Lebanese, Italian, Indian, Thai etc.

Where to Stay in Durham

There are a number of ways to find accommodation, according to your needs and budget. You can make your choice among inns, cottages, apartments and self catering places.

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