Durham

angel_jenny By angel_jenny, 24th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A place to visit when in North-East England, lots to see and do in a very picturesque surrounding. A great place for taking photos. I have so many lovely photos but unfortunately couldn't use them all.

Durham Cathedral

The name Durham means hill on an island. It comes from the old English words dun meaning hill and holmr meaning island.

The most popular attraction in Durham in my opinion is the Cathedral. It is renowned as a masterpiece of Romanesque (or Norman) architecture. The cathedral started to be built in 1093 but took almost 40 years to complete.

When entering the cathedral you are drawn to the details of the stain glass windows, alter, lectern and other features within. It is free to look around and is used during the week for services. You can give a donation towards the upkeep of the building but it is just a suggestion.

If you get the chance I would recommend paying the £5 to climb the 325 steps of the cathedral tower as there is a beautiful view of Durham and it's county. I believe it is cheaper for children and do know that depending on the time of day and year the tower opening times change, so it would be advisable to check out the cathedrals webpage for times before going.

http://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/

Durham Castle

Durham is a University city and this castle is part of one of the colleges housing over 100 students. During holiday time the castle rent out rooms as hotel accommodation. Only students and hotel guests appear to be able to visit this castle unless on a guided tour.

I think it's a very pretty building but unfortunately not seen inside yet.

River Wear

The River Wear flows through Durham which makes the city even more beautiful.
When walking into the town there's a good chance you will cross it. On both sides of the bridges you will find steps leading down to the river so you can enjoy a stroll alongside or sit on a bench with a peaceful view.

if you are looking for something a little more energetic, how about a boat ride or hiring a canoe for an hour or so? all this can be done for a small fee down by the river.

Eating out and shopping!

Durham high street has quite a few specialist shops and fancy dining places. If you are wanting a Mcdonalds you will have to drive out to the Arnison Centre but why not for a change go somewhere a little classier.

Down by the river is a Bella Italia which is decently priced and has lovely views across the river too. In the main shopping areas you will find other Italian restaurants, Chinese, Japanese, French and probably others too depending what you are looking for.

There are some lovely gift shops and specialist stores in Durham as well as some of the known stores to browse which is great for all the tourists that come around yearly.

Lumiere

Throughout the year as in any town and city Durham holds some events and temporary attractions.

One of these was the 'Lumière festival of lights'. All over Durham Centre different artists had set up their light displays or projections for everyone to view.
It lasted over 4 nights and roads were heavily manned by police officers as thousands of people walked around Durham to view all the displays.

My favourite had to be inside the cathedral (pictured) where there were a display of illuminated miners vests hanging all over which was both powerful and eerie at the same time reminding me of Durham's history.

For more information on this free event so you can try it out in the future visit
http://www.lumieredurham.co.uk/about/

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Cathedral, Durham, Durham Castle, England, Lumire Festival, North-East, River Wear

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

Great city. Stayed for a short while.

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author avatar Songbird B
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

This was a really interesting article and fantastic images too Jenny..Well done on a beautifully presented page.

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author avatar Buzz
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

Hi Jenny. Great write and beautiful pics.

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

What a wonderful trip around Durham, you have taken us on. Just love it. Thank you for sharing.:)

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