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    Durham as it was for me in May of 2004

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 6, 2013

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    Favorite thing: We visited Durham on the way from York to Edinburgh.
    This charming city sits on the River Wear and is well known for its Norman Cathedral and 11th century Castle, both designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Upon the most central and prominent position high above the Wear, the cathedral dominates the skyline. The steep riverbanks are densely wooded, adding to the picturesque beauty of the city. The castle has been the home of Durham University since 1832.
    At the base of the peninsula is the Market Place.

    You can watch my 3 min 45 sec Video Durham out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    PICTURE AROUND THE CATHEDRAL GREEN/ DURHAM

    by gwendar Written Aug 25, 2012

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    DURHAM CASTLE 1
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    Favorite thing: THE CITY OF DURHAM IS WORLD FAMOUS FOR ITS NORMAN CATHEDRAL,ANY VISITOR MUST BY SHOWN IT MAJESTIC SPLENDER.

    Fondest memory: THE FONDEST THING,IS THE THING I DO EVERY TIME I HAVE BEEN IN DURHAM,AND THATS TO WALK ALONG THE BANKS OF THE RIVER WEAR,AROUND THE CATHEDRAL AND CASTLE.

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    Market Square

    by Martin_S. Written Jul 25, 2011
    Market Square, Durham, England
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    Favorite thing: The Market Square is the main shopping and dining area for Durham, the center square and two smaller streets leading off are the entire complex from the Millburngate Bridge on the north, the Prince Bishops Shopping Center on the east, the castle on the south and the Framwegate Bridge on the west which leads you across the Wear River to the Gates Shopping Center.

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    Durham Cathedral winter bleak

    by Martin_S. Updated Jul 25, 2011
    Durham Cathedral, Durham, England
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    Favorite thing: My first view of the Durham Cathedral was on the evening of the day I arrived in Durham. It was a slightly snowy, overcast day, but I liked the look at night even better than the daytime.
    In the full day you could see just how bleak everything looked that winter day.
    The following day, which was almost sunny through the clouds, I followed a foot path across the Prebends Bridge on the south sidee of the semi-island where the cathedral is found and followed the River Wear back toward town to capture that last photo.
    www.durhamcathedral.co.uk
    The cathedral is a UNESCO site.

    Fondest memory: http://www.thisisdurham.com/site/attractions

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    Strolling the banks of the Wear River

    by Martin_S. Written Jul 25, 2011
    Along the banks of River Wear, Durham, England
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    Favorite thing: The river Wear runs through the town of Durham and then makes a loop and comes back for another pass through the city, making a peninsula of the central area of the town. Along both banks of the river there are walking paths and numerous foot bridges that cross. You can begin your walk downtown at the market place, walk across the Framwelgate Bridge, stroll the banks of the river and then return to the castle or cathedral over the Prebends, Kingsgate or Elvet bridges.

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    Castle Durham

    by Martin_S. Written Jul 25, 2011
    Durham Castle, Durham, England
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    Favorite thing: When you approach Durham Castle from the Palace Green that it shares with the cathedral it is not an impressive castle, the walls are not overpowering, nor does it seem unfriendly. Yes on the day I visited it was late in the afternoon (remember I was here on business and it was of course "business first") after work and it was closed to the public. Its hours are from 10:00 to 16:00 and entrance is by guided tours ONLY.

    Fondest memory: The castle is located at
    Palace Green
    Durham City
    County Durham
    DH1 3RW
    www.durham.ac.uk/university.college/tours
    Tel: +44 0191 334 3800

    Fax: +44 0191 334 3801

    http://www.thisisdurham.com/site/attractions/search-results/durham-castle-p22901

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    Medieval Streets

    by iwys Updated Apr 20, 2007

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    Favorite thing: As well as the grand architecture of the Cathedral and Castle, Durham also has a maze of medieval streets winding up and down hills. Some are lined with red sandstone buildings while others have colourfully-painted houses.

    They include Fleshergate which was the flesh hewer's street or butcher's quarter (this was the name of the part of Saddler Street that joins the Market Place), Souter Peth, the shoe maker's street, the old name for the street at the western end of Elvet Bridge from where the bridge joins Fleshergate, Owengate, possibly the oven gate, close to the site of a medieval bakehouse, Saddler Street, where saddles were made or sold, Framwelgate, the street leading to the fram well which once supplied the market place with water, or perhaps the street leading from a well, hence from-well-gate and Dun Cow Lane, from where the carving of the Dun Cow can be seen on the Cathedral.

    Alleyways in Durham are known as vennels.

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    One of UK's best spots

    by presdeaddead Written Apr 3, 2006
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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Cathedral Reflection

    by sandysmith Written Sep 5, 2004

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    cathedral reflection

    Favorite thing: The classic view of the cathedral, down by the riverside, is everyones favourite classic shot - but I was happy to get a reflection of it too :-))) Dave scrambled up and down a muddy bank to see if there's was a better angle but the one I took originally was the one for me!

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    Market Square

    by sandysmith Updated Sep 4, 2004

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    Durham market square

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Sadler Street

    by sandysmith Updated Sep 4, 2004

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    Sadler Street

    Favorite thing: Fleshergate is now called Sadler Street - but this is not strictly correct as Sadler Street really begins where it splits into two either side of the Magdalen Steps. On the left hand side the street leads to Elvet Bridge whilst on the right Sadler Street proper leads up to the cathedral square. So here we are arriving at the cathedral - info on that and the castle can be found in the "must see" section.

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    A favouite pub

    by sandysmith Updated Sep 4, 2004

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    Shakespeare Pub

    Favorite thing: The street leading up to the cathedral has many boutiques and pubs this one - the Shakespeare - is one of Steve's favourites. Its only tiny inside apparently - barely room for a dozen people at the most to squeeze inside. If all else fails and you can't get in the Pizza express is next door!

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    Fleshergate

    by sandysmith Written Aug 29, 2004

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    walking up ols Fleshergate

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Marquess of Londonderry

    by sandysmith Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    horse with no tongue?

    Favorite thing: Steve explained the tale of the statue of the Marquess of Londonderry on horseback - like the good guide he was :-)
    Apparently the horse sculpture was declared a masterpiece - anantomically correct in every way. However a blind beggar man ran his hands over the horse sculpture and decided it had no tongue!. The sculptor, Signor Raphael Monti who had boasted no flaw could be found, was said to have committed suicide over this flaw but apparently this is unfounded.

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    Horse Sculpture

    by sandysmith Written Aug 29, 2004

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    Marquess on horseback

    Favorite thing: The Marquess of Londonderry’s, whose full name was Charles William Vane Tempest Stewart, owned collieries nearf Durham but is principally famous as the builder of the Durham coal port of Seaham Harbour which he founded in 1828 as a rival to Sunderland.
    In actual fact the elecroplated-copper statue of the horse DOES have a tongue - not really evident even from this angle so take my word for it - it really doesn't beggar belief!

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