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Durham Visitor Guide

The University city of Durham sits on the banks on the River Wear and is overlooked by Durham Cathedral. One of the finest Romanesque cathedrals in Europe, it is famous for being the final resting place of Saint Cuthbert and Saint Bede the Venerable. Another historic treasure is Durham Castle, at the heart of Durham’s World Heritage Site. It has been occupied since the 11th century, and today it is home to students of University College, one of Durham University’s celebrated Colleges. As well as spectacular buildings, the University also has a stunning 10-hectare Botanic Garden which is set amongst mature woodlands on the outskirts of the city centre.

  • Durham Prebends BridgeDurham Prebends Bridge
  • Durham Cathedral overlooking the River WearDurham Cathedral overlooking the River Wear

Just outside the city centre is the renowned open-air museum of Beamish where visitors can experience what everyday life was like in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. Families can also enjoy a day out at Diggerland Durham, an exciting theme park with real diggers, dumpers and construction machinery.

Holidays in the Durham area

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