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1. History of Durham
Durham is one of England's oldest cities and can trace its origins back as far as the 10th century when a group of monks decided to settle after being forced from their homes in Lindisfarne by Viking raiders. Situated on the scenic river Wear, the literal translation from old English of the name Durham is "hill on an island". From the very beginning Durham has been somewhat of...Read more
2. Now in Durham
Durham today is a modern city but still very much in touch with its rustic origins. It plays host to both eccentric independent shops as well as top name brands. In 2001 Durham Cathedral was voted Britain's favourite building in a BBC poll that covered the whole country. Durham University is considered to be one of the top centres of higher education in the UK and regularly pl...Read more
3. Events in Durham
Durham hosts a variety of events annually that really add to the city's character. Such events include the Durham Regatta, the Book Festival, matches and performances at Durham's County Cricket Club grounds, the Miner's Gala and the "Streets Of" Festival.
4. Attractions in Durham
Whether to worship or to just simply see one of Britain's most iconic buildings the Cathedral is not to be missed and is a must see on any trip to Durham. The building is open to members of the public all year round except on occasions when the Cathedral is used to hold events. Durham also has many museums and art galleries as well as the country's only museum specifically dedi...Read more
5. Things To Do in Durham
As well as the events hosted at Durham's many attractions there are many other activities to be done around the city. The Prince Bishop River cruiser offers sightseeing tours from the river Wear and can be hired for private functions. For those who want a more "hands on experience" boats can be hired from April to October. Water visitors can take in the best views of the Cath...Read more
6. Business in Durham
As well as modern shops, Durham also has an indoor market which was recently voted as the UKs best privately owned market in a national awards ceremony. Caffeine lovers should definitely visit the Merry Monk coffee shop which serves a wide variety of rare coffee bean blends from across the globe as well as quality souvenirs. Durham has many fine restaurants and pubs not to men...Read more
7. Transport in Durham
Durham train station is situated on the East Coast main line one stop after Newcastle and as a result is accessible from many other train stations directly without need for transfer. Durham also has a bus station and the city centre is a mere two miles from the A1 motorway. The city does not have an airport but the nearest airport in Newcastle is only a half hours drive away.
8. Entertainment in Durham
Durham's Gala theatre and cinema is one of the city's most entertaining establishments and boasts a five hundred seat capacity theatre as well as two cinema screens. In nearby Sedgefield is a racecourse that is bound to get visitors' adrenaline pumping. Who knows it might be your lucky day!
9. Famous Landmarks in Durham
As previously mentioned Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle are perhaps the two most famous features of the city, however as Durham is such a culturally and historically rich city you don't have to look far to be immersed in one of England's oldest cities.
10. Interesting Facts about Durham
The invention of mustard powder is attributed to a Mrs Clements of Durham, who made a great deal of money producing it in a mill in the 18th century. Mustard flour that is prepared in this way is still known as Durham Mustard to this day.
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