Best Western Whitworth Hall Country Park

Spennymoor, Durham, Durham, L16 7QX, United Kingdom
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by Shiara

Im from LA in california and im writing a book. Im interested in Durham being part of my plot. So is this a small city? Is it rural there? Country?

RE: Durham?

by Beausoleil

There are a lot of Durhams. You might have more luck typing Durham into the VT search window above and doing a Destination Search. You will pull up all the Durhams and can choose the one you want. Then you will get all the member information about that particular Durham. I'm assuming you mean the UK where the famous cathedral is, but assumptions do not always work.

Try the search and you will be amazed at all the information you get, enough for several books and also photos to help you get the atmosphere of the place.

Good luck.

RE: RE: Durham?

by hawkhead

Also, once you have decided on the Durham, then you can Google for information and also do Google Images for pictures of the place. If it Durham in the UK, then there is certainly a wealth of information.

RE: Durham?

by Maxus

Google will indeed give you lots of info, e.g.:

Durham is a relatively small city with one of the best Universities in England (after Oxford and Cambridge) there is lots of history. The County Palatine of Durham was once a virtually independent state ruled by the so-called Prince Bishops, who were more or less the Kings of County Durham (the Cathedral is magnificent).

The city centre is quite green with its tree lined river bank, It gets quickly rural as you leave the city and sometimes bleak as you head east towards the Pennines.

There is also some important working class history centred around the former Durham coalfields, the annual miners gala is still a big event, if you are planning on coming over then (July) would be a good time to come.

I don t live in Durham but I do work there sometimes, if you have any more questions I will do my best, regards.


RE: Durham?

by Sjalen

Fairly small but has a World Heritage cathedral in a lovely setting on a hill above the river Wear. Is also very well-known for its good university but also has the working class history mentioned above with coal mining etc. in the hills outside. Wonderful place.

Re: Durham?

by iwys

Yes. It has a population of just 90,000 and you can comfortably walk around it in less than a day. The River Wear flows through it and the valley slopes are still densely wooded, giving it a semi-rural feel. The Castle (now University College) is separated from the Cathedral by Palace Green, which is like an English village green. It has a maze of medieval streets and very little modern development.I'd sum it up as a mini-Prague. Take a look at my Durham page for lots of photos and historical info about the city.

Travel Tips for Durham

One of UK's best spots

by presdeaddead

Durham is definately worth a visit. It's wicked!
It's definately the England that most non-english people conjure up in their imaginations prior to coming. Although it's one of my favourite spots in the country, i wouldn't say that you would need more than a nights stay, especially if you are moving on to newcastle afterwards. However, if you have no plans on traveling on to stay in newcastle, i would easily recommend two to three nights in durham. this way, you can have the grand experience of lodging in durham, yet taking the ten minute train ride to newcastle in the evenings for boozing, and comin back to durham on the last train. that way you get the best of both.

Saddler Street

by steventilly

This is looking up Saddler Street, the way from the Market to the Cathedral. Just on the right is Waterstones Bookshop, and behind that is a lovely cafe with an outdoor courtyard, called Venners.
Further up on the right is Pizza Express, our favourite Pizza Chain (it's not like Pizza Hut) and also the Shakespeare pub. This pub is really strange - a warren of very small rooms all set around one serving area.
Further still, and still on the right, is the Hogshead. This is part of a "themed" chain of pubs owned by Whitbread (all called "Hogshead"), so if you like one, you'll like them all, and vice-versa. Great range of real ales, some Belgian specialities and a good and cheap food menu too. Having said that, we had the worst soup we ever had here, and when we complained the manager said "I agree, I had some and threw it away" :-/
Almost opposite the Hogshead is Pierre Victoire, "French Theme" franchise, and almost next door to that the very similar "Dix Neuf", both with rear views over the river.

Cafe Continental

by maykal

I, for one, was quite sad when Cafe Continental by Milburngate Bridge closed down and turned into a chain cafe. It used to be the best cafe in Durham, and the replacement with its vacuum packed muffins didn't quite fill the gap.

But good news!! It has re-opened, down on Elvet Bridge. Blink and you'll miss it though, as the entrance is quite well hidden. Downstairs is a deli, but head upstairs for two floors of cafe. Hot baguettes, milkshakes, crepes, fruit smoothies, sandwiches, and I'm told the desserts are excellent.

Market Hall

by sabsi

As you might know I love market halls and covered markets. The one in Durham is located at the market square and almost invisible from the outside. It's quite big inside with the usual strange mixture of spices, books, fruits and clothes. Loved it!

Durham Heritage Centre

by iwys

Durham Heritage Centre is a museum of local history telling the story of Durham. It is housed in the medieval Church of St. Mary-le-Bow.

Opening Hours:
April & May: Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 2-4.30pm.
June & September: daily 2-4.30pm.
July & August: daily 11am - 4.30pm.

Adults £1.20, Children 50p


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Address: Spennymoor, Durham, Durham, L16 7QX, United Kingdom