Visiting Durham

Description of Durham

Durham, situated in North East England, is well known for its Norman Cathedral and World Heritage Site. With its beautiful city, nearby coast and countryside, it is the perfect spot for nature lovers as well as a short break.

Inside info

Durham Castle, which is part of Durham City World Heritage Site, has a very interesting history. The original building was commissioned by William the Conqueror and over the years, it has been a fortress, the palace of various Bishops of Durham, and since 1837, it has been the home of University College, which is part of Durham University. As is it a working castle, visits to the castle are by guided tours only, and are organised several times a day throughout the year. (For more information: 0191 3343800)North of England Trike Tours provides a fun and original way of touring the beautiful northern countryside. The three seater trikes are chauffeured by a qualified guide and you can choose between a 4 hour or a full day tour. Tours are organised through the Durham Dales, as well as the national parks of Northumberland, the North Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and many more. (Prices: Half day tour- £135 per person, Full day tour-£250 per person)Beamish Museum is a great place to go to learn about life in the North East during the 1800s and 1900s. This open air museum recreates life in the 19th and 20th centuries and you can take a stroll through this Edwardian town and visit the shops and miners’ houses. There is even an underground drift mine in the Pit Village. Children will love seeing the animals at Home Farm as well as taking a ride on a recreation of a steam train at Pockerley Waggonway. Throughout the year, the museum organises various events from an agricultural show to a Georgian fair. A fun and educational day for all ages!Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall is a wonderful place to relax and recharge your batteries. This luxury spa and hotel is located at the top of a cliff in Seaham and offers wonderful seaside views. If you are looking for a romantic break, the spa offers a residential offer which starts from £275 per night for two. The package includes one spa treatment from an Indian head massage to a Serenity Well Being Massage with full use of the spa’s facilities during your stay. (For more information: http://www.seaham-hall.co.uk/)Where to stayFallen Angel HotelLocated in a Georgian Grade II listed building, the hotel has 10 individually themed rooms starting from £150 per night for two with breakfast included.34, Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3HNWhere to eatThe Garden HouseTraditional style pub, serving good pub food .North Road, Durham, DH1 4NQ

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Durham is a city in north east England in the county of Durham. The climate of Durham is typical of the British Isles

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Found on the River Wear in North East England, Durham is a city with a population of almost 88,000. Archaeological evidence shows that there may have been a settlement in the area since 2000 BC, and the present city dates back to AD 995. The city has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites that it is well known for, its Norman Cathedral and the 11th century Durham Castle. Durham has a temperate climate like much of the UK. The average high temperature in summer is around 19°C. In winter, the average high temperature is about 6°C with lows near 0°C. The average annual rainfall is about 644mm, which is lower than the national average. The city enjoys more sunshine hours in summer than in winter with an average of over 160 hours a month.