In North-East England, is the breath-taking County of Durham. Although this is a popular destination for the country and coastal escapes, its central gem is the fantastic City of Durham. A city littered with winding cobbled streets and stunning architecture, Durham City warmly invites visitors to explore and have a perfect city break.
Founded by monks over the final resting place of St Cuthbert, Durham’s Norman cathedral became a centre of pilgrimage in medieval England. This was such a popular site because of the many stories of miracles taking place around St Cuthbert’s grave. However, in the 16th Century, Henry VIII sent men to destroy the tomb. This attack to the heritage of this City was a massive blow to the people - which alongside the severe plague outbreaks provoked fears that this would be the end of Durham.
However, Durham stood its ground and continued to grow throughout the centuries. Today, this fascinating City offers fantastic historical sights, museums, artefacts and architecture that tell stories of this City’s amazing heritage.
There are so many fantastic things to do in Durham. Whether you want to learn more about the history in the Museum of Archaeology or take a stroll through the stunning botanical gardens of the prestigious University, this city will have something for you. Durham Cathedral is an absolute must when visiting this City. The building that this city was built around, this masterpiece boasts not only awe-inspiring architecture and holds interactive displays for people of all ages to enjoy.
Although this City does boast all this culture, it also manages to hold a fantastic social and nightlife scene. Being home to Durham University, it is perhaps no surprise that Durham Market and North Road contain some of the most fun and entertaining nights around.
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