Places to see and visit in the city of Durham:

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Places to see and visit in the city of Durham:

For accommodation in Durham visit North East England Tourism for a list of hotels, guest houses, holiday cottages and campsites in the area.

Durham is a large historic city in the northeast of England, situated to the south of Newcastle upon Tyne and to the north of Darlington. The city can be easily reached from other parts of the North East, as it is served by Durham station, which lies near to the cathedral.

The first attraction that draws people to Durham is the area’s outstanding natural beauty. The city and its surrounding countryside belong to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and this may be one reason why tourism is such a major industry here. The quaint streets of Durham City Centre are another attraction, as they house a number of historical locations and theatres.

Durham is also an area steeped in history; e.g. the cathedral dates back to 1093 and it is still used for worship today, while its location on a rocky outcrop means that it has been able to withstand invasions and sieges throughout the centuries. The city has a wide range of modern bars too. The 14th-century castle keep can be climbed via a set of 108 stone steps. One can enjoy the views and take photos from the top of the cathedral’s bell tower.

Explore the cathedral’s famous cloisters, which were completed in 1367. The Eye of the needle bridge crosses the River Wear connecting the Town Hall to County Hall. Merge classical architecture with modern technology on a tour of Durham’s Palace Green Library.

View the cathedral from outside by walking along, one of the two medieval curtain walls that enclose it on either side. Cross the River Wear by walking over the Framwellgate Bridge, which links East and West Durham.

One can also view 30 of Durham’s iconic buildings in one shot from Lumley Castle’s viewing platform. Explore the city’s mining heritage by visiting Beamish, an open-air museum that features historic buildings from around the country. Then there is the Durham County Council shop which is located on Saddler Street where you can buy local gifts and souvenirs.

Things to do in North East Durham.

Explore Hadrian’s Wall on a day trip from Durham city centre. Tour Roman Forts along this historic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the North of England Mining Museum to learn about Durham’s mining heritage. Watch a film and see panoramic views from Lumley Castle in Chester-le-Street.

Visit Beamish, an open-air museum in Stanley that features historic buildings from around the country. Enjoy a picnic overlooking Blue House Bay in Bamburgh and admire the castle on top of the rocky headland.- Stroll along the riverbank of River Wear on Framwellgate bridge which links East and West Durham.

Explore Durham’s fine dining scene with a meal at one of its many restaurants.

For accommodation in Durham visit North East England Tourism for a list of hotels, guest houses, holiday cottages and campsites in the area.

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