St Aidans College

Elvet Hill Road, Durham, DH1 3LR, United Kingdom
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Travel Tips for Durham

A Brass Band Plays

by yooperprof

If you saw the film "Brassed Off" you know that they take their Brass Bands seriously in the North of England. I love the tradition of public concerts in the town square. The band is playing beneath the statue of the triumphant Marquess of Londonderry. He was a prominent and exceedingly wealthy owner of the local coal pits. Lord Londonderry sits on his high horse above the town. I'm told that the locals have mixed feelings about him!

Rowing on River Wear

by sabsi

There's a rowing club not far from the castle and cathedral of Durham. As an old rower I loved watching the boats on the river of course. What a nice location for a picnic trip! A boat, two sculls and a sunny day

It's a stairway to heaven....

by sourbugger

This seemed like the most appropriate song to ascending the 325 steps to the top of the cathedral.

It's been a number of years since the exterior of the Cathedral has been fully restored and the scaffolding taken away. But now you can see it in it's full glory.

It only costs a couple of quid to ascend, although there used to be a cheaper method : namely climbing the scaffolding. I remember a good friend of mine (also a VT member) who got fairly rat-arsed one night and scaled the heights. Sourbugger for once in his life took the sensible option and kept his feet firmly on terra firma.

Great view !

Palace Green

by steventilly

The castle and cathedral stand opposite each other; on one of the other sides (seen here) stands a row of buildings that contains the old almshouses. These are now a nice restaurant/tea rooms.

Opposite that is the Durham University Library, and houses the "Archives and Special Collections".

River Wear

by iwys

The River Wear, which rises at Wearhead in County Durham, flows through Durham on its way to meet the North Sea at Sunderland. The Castle and Cathedral stand on a peninsula overlooking the river below. The river is famous for the shipyards which line its lower reach, but in Durham it is remarkably unspoilt, with densely wooded slopes.


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