Durham Things to Do

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  • 1. Durham Cathedral

    On the cathedral door is this knocker, this one is a copy, the real one is in safe keeping for exhibitions.The door Knocker is famous because in the middle ages, fugitives could use it to get ...

  • 2. Durham Castle.

    The castle began in 1072 by order of William the Conqueror, today the castle belongs to Durham University. So it has been in use for defence and education. The castle is an UNESCO Heritage site.and is...

  • 3. Walks

    It is well-known here on VT that I love to walk, I walk everywhere but generally if I am going out for a day's walking, i normally have it in my head that that is what I am going to do. It is not that...

  • 4. Market Place - Market Square

    I overestimated the size of Durham's old town and was therefore also surprised to find a small marketplace instead of a larger one. However, the marketplace is nice to see and with all the tourists...

  • 5. Museum & Heritage Centre

    It is not as great and fancy as castle and Cathedral, but this local museum has its own charme. Although it may look old-fashioned, local history is shown here in a comprehensible way. They have a...

  • 6. World Heritage Centre

    The visitor centre gives you an overview over Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral which form one of the first places with UNESCO World Heritage Site status. I actually recommend to visit it before...

  • 7. Beamish Open Air Museum

    c Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum is an open-air museum located at Beamish, near the town of Stanley, County Durham, England. The museum's guiding principle is to preserve an example...

  • 8. Durham Light Infantry Museum & Art Gallery

    I had visited the excellent Durham Light Infantry Regimental Museum (see seperate tip on this page) and whilst trying to find my way out, I saw a sign pointing upstairs to the "Durham Art Gallery". I...

  • 9. Palace Green

    Palace Green is the grassy area between the Castle and the Cathedral. It is flanked on one side by the Almshouses. Until the twelfth century, during the time of Bishop Flambard, this area was the...

  • 10. Angel Pub - Crossgate

    When I was recently in Durham and wandering fairly aimlessly about the place (as is my wont), I stumbled upon the Angel pub in Crossgate. In fairness, I had heard about it before. Whilst asking where...

  • 11. Around Durham

    The Market place is a nice small Square,with statues, the streets are pleasant to wander around,but hilly up and down to the river and cathedral. The Cathedral and Castle are on UNESCO World ...

  • 12. University

    Durham University is one of the oldest and best Universities in the UK. When I was doing my undergraduate degree in Dublin, I had the chance of doing an exchange year in Durham and I'm very sorry now...

  • 13. Lumiere - Festival of Lights

    Durham Lumiere is a bi-annual lights festival featuring a series of light installations and projections on Durham's buildings, streets and bridges. The first edition was in November 2009 (which I...

  • 14. HM Prison Durham

    HM Prison, Durham. Once the country's most secure prison housing some of it's most notorious criminals. One of these, John McVicar, became the first man to escape from the jail, back in the 1970's....

  • 15. University Library - Palace Green

    Durham University Library is divided into several parts of which the Palace Green Library is the oldest one. The building was erected by John Cosin in 1669 as the new diocesan library which still...

  • 16. Shakespeare Pub

    Sightseeing has a great habit of making me thirsty and so it was when I was wandering about the centre of Durham. Fortunately, there are plenty of opetions in the area, although rather too many of...

  • 17. Almshouses

    The row of almshouses, which stands on one side of Palace Green, once used to house the poor people of Durham. Today they are vegetarian tea rooms, frequented by students. The Almshouses were...

  • 18. St Oswald's Church

    Durham is an very religious city, founded effectively by monks on an older prehistoric site and with the Bishop of Durham still being one of the senior clerics in the Anglican church in the UK. No...

  • 19. River Wear

    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...

  • 20. Our Lady of Mercy & St. Godric Church

    Located conveniently between the railway station and the old town, this church is often visited by tourists. The Neogothic building was finished in 1864 by Edward Pugin who built churches of the same...

  • 21. Pilgrimage Statue

    If you have loked at my indroductory page for Durham, you will know a little of the history of how the "modern" city was founded in 995 AD, albeit there were much earlier settlements dating bac to at...

  • 22. Framwellgate Bridge

    Framwellgate Bridge links Silver Street to the old Borough of Framwellgate on the western side of the river and was known for many years as `Old Bridge’ as it was built more than forty years before...

  • 23. Crossgate - Street

    Crossgate is a nice old street. It's off to the left just after you cross Framwellgate Bridge, and it has this church and a couple of pubs and some interesting old buildings that are typical of this...

  • 24. Miner's Gala

    Okay, so the pits are all closed in County Durham now (as in most of the UK), but the Gala goes from strength to strength. There's a lot less emphasis on the politics now, but you finds what you...

  • 25. Museum of Archaeology

    This is housed in an old fulling mill, right on the banks of the Wear. A good exhibition of archaeology connected with Durham and the county. A special exhibition on the archaeology and scientific...

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