Hillrise Guest House

13 Durham Rd W, Durham, DH6 5AU, United Kingdom
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What's Open?

by Silverarrow226

Is the Cathedral open for tours in December? What else should be on my 'must see' list. I heard I shouldn't bother with the castle - true?

Re: What's Open?

by jamesfmunro

I never heard of a cathedral that was closed in December...seems like a busy time of year for most churches. Can't see why Durham will be any different.

Re: Re: What's Open?

by Silverarrow226

My Rick Steves book lists tour times for the months of April-Sept. I thought maybe it is only open for worship the entire year. I wouldn't want to be nosing around while others are praying.

Re: Re: What's Open?

by davidcross

Some cathedrals do have long periods closed, as we discovered in Norway but this one should certainly be open. The view of it across the river is as good as any in England of its type and the Norman arches inside are terrific.
I don't know Durham well but there are a umber of things in the County worth seeing - of which Beamish Outdoor Museum and the saxon curches at Monkwearmouth and Jarrow would be high on my list.

Re: Re: What's Open?

by jamesfmunro

I wouldn't worry about nosing around while others are praying. There will always be someone praying and someone visiting. Durham Cathedral is a big and busy church. I haven't been there for a few years. Last time I was there (I had travelled some distance to visit) they were just closing up for a special service. I can't remember exaxctly what it was. Anyway, someone was kind enough to invite me in and show me around while the proceedings when on in the background. That might not always happen, but I think you should have no problems visiting.

Re: What's Open?

by Davy124

In adition to Davids suggestion of Beamish Etc, the town and in particular the abbey at Hexham are well worth a visit. While you are in Durham wrap up warm and take a walk along the river, also the castle is worth seeing.

Re: What's Open?

by Davy124

Full details of what is open and when are on.
http://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/

Travel Tips for Durham

Market Square

by sandysmith

We arrived in Durham on a really sunny Sunday morning - it was a surprise part ot the our "Tilly Tour" as I though we were heading straight for Newcastle. Anyway at this hour before the shops opened we virtually had the place to ourselves. The cobbled market square of Durham was quite impressive with the town hall, the church of St Nicholas and two stautes - a bare bottomed Neptune and the third Marquess on Londonderry on horseback - more of this in the next tip.

Elvet Bridge

by steventilly

Looking down to Elvet Bridge. Down here on both sides are some good "urban fashion" shops, Strides (on the left) being one of the ones for men, and View the one for women. On the left also is a couple of wine bar/cafe's with outdoor seating (when it's not raining). Just beyond the shops on the left is a set of steps down to the riverside.

Cafes

by maykal

New cafes seem to open every month in Durham. Yes, we've got the chains...Costa, Starbucks in the students' union, Esquires, Caffe Nero (where I spend money I haven't got!)...chains are all very well, but independent cafes are even better. Cafe Continental is so good it has its own tip above. Almost as good is Vennels, tucked away in a courtyard reached by a narrow passageway between a bookshop and a bizarre shoe shop on the Bailey. Vennels is known for its cakes, and though it may resemble a canteen downstairs, head upstairs for more unusual seating...the tables are made out of old sewing machines. The tables in the courtyard outside are good for newspaper reading in the summer.

For a taste of how Durham used to be, try Rumbletums for tea and scones, a very traditional place which seems as if it hasn't changed for decades...look out for a stairway leading down behind the post office. At the bottom of the stairs is another cafe in what is going to become Durham's art district (well, it's one street with a handful of art galleries, but they're trying....)

If you smoke, you'd better head for one of Durham's cafe-bars. The best is probably Brown Sugar, opposite the Three Tuns Hotel and the Marriott...service can either be lightning fast or terrifyingly slow, and there's often some confusion when it comes to paying the bill, but they have good cakes, some even better food, hot chocolate with marshmallows, and a licensed bar. Football or rugby fans should head here if there's an important match on, as there's a widescreen telly on the wall.

Other cafe-bars include Hollathan's (Elvet Bridge) and Hide (the Bailey), both nice enough, but both perhaps a bit pretentious. In the summer, Hollathan's has the best tables for people-watching, outside on the car-free cobbled road.

Market Place

by iwys

Market place is Durham's main town square. It is dominated by two statues. The largest is an equestrian bronze, by Raffaelle Monti, of Charles William Vane Stewart, 3rd Marquis of Londonderry and Lord Lieutenant of County of Durham, wearing his hussar uniform. It was unveiled on December 2nd, 1861. The second statue, which is much older, is a stone figure of Neptune, wearing a crown and carrying a trident, astride a small dolphin. It was commissioned by George Bowes, who gave it to the town, in 1729, as a symbol of the scheme to link Durham to the sea by improved navigation of the River Wear.

Market Place is flanked by the Town Hall, Guildhall and St. Nicholas Church. It is a very pretty square.

Cloisters

by sandysmith

The sunlight streaming through the arches of the cloister windows gave a lovely warm tone as we walked through here. They were heavily rebuilt in 1828, however, and little of the original fourteenth and fifteenth century work remains apart from the wooden roof - so remember to look up for this feateure.

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