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Fleshergate

by sandysmith

From the south of the market square a cobbled street winds its way up to Durham Cathedral - the tourist way to approach it. This street was originallt called FLESHERGATE or Flesh-Hewer-Rawe - the old name for a butcher. Hence this street contained the Butcher’s shambles and the butchers slaughtered their cattle in this narrow street :-S Fortunately this unhealthy practice is no longer in operation.

The Wife in the Wheelbarrow

by iwys

Under the wooden choir stalls in Tunstal's Chapel there are some intriguing early sixteenth century carvings, including one of a man carrying his wife in a wheelbarrow. I wondered whether they might have been put there to amuse bored choristers.

Don't feel too sorry for the wife as she is beating her husband with a stick to make him go faster.

River Cruise on The Prince Bishops

by aah_stone

You can take a relaxed river cruise on The Prince Bishops boat.

You will see lots of small boat houses and trees and some pretty and not so pretty bridges. Also you will see the backs of all the Bailey Colleges.

A guide will talk you through what you see.

Prices:
?3.50 Adukts
?1.50 Children

Cathedral Tower

by sandysmith

Sometimes the cathedral tower is open to visitors to enjoy the view from the top. Be warned there are 364 steps to the top though!
Its not open during services or bad weather so if that occurs during the following opening times you are out of luck.:
Monday to Saturday, April to September,
9.30 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Cost is £2 for adults and £1 for children.

University Palace Green Library

by iwys

One of Durham University's four libraries stands on Palace Green, between the Castle and the Cathedral. It contains resources for Law, Music and Local History and is also the main base for the Archives and Special Collections. So, if you are interested in reading more about the history of Durham, this is the place.

Opening times: 09.00 - 17.00

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