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Days out in Durham

Admire Britain’s finest Norman architecture in this ancient and beautiful university city

Durham, in the north east of England, is a city with 'wow!'-factor. Visitors cannot fail to be impressed upon their first viewing: Durham is beautiful. It was founded at the end of the first century when monks from the 'holy island' of Lindisfarne chose an elevated peninsula on the River Wear to establish their new church; a resting place for the body of Saint Cuthbert.

By the eleventh century Durham was regarded as one of the holiest sites in England, but the invading Norman's recognised the strategic importance of the city's elevated position and in 1072 furthered their conquest of England by building a castle and subsequently replacing the existing 'modest' church with a magnificent cathedral in 1093. Today, Durham's Castle and Cathedral complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is recognised for its historic importance and as some of the finest surviving Norman architecture in Europe.

Whilst Durham's castle and cathedral are undoubtedly unmissable, the cobbled streets of its compact city centre - a designated conservation area - are lined with historic and listed buildings.

There's more to Durham than fine architecture, however. This vibrant university city offers many attractions including an excellent indoor market; a selection of unique speciality shops; a diversity of art galleries and museums and some delightful public gardens in which to relax and enjoy the views of this remarkable city.

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Yorkshire & Durham

Uncover the beauty of northern England by heritage railway from its sweeping valleys to its wild moors. Along the way discover historic York and Durham before stepping back in time at the open-air Beamish Museum.

Departs from March 2017 to October 2017.
6 days from £535per personView tour details
Lumley Castle & Durham

Experience Durham on this five-night break based at the majestic Lumley Castle in the heart of this alluring county. Discover some of the region's other beautiful castles and visit the Beamish Museum.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
6 days from £595per personView tour details
Lumley Castle in Winter

Experience Durham in winter on this four-night break based in Lumley Castle and discover some of the region's most impressive sights.

Departs from January 2017 to March 2017.
5 days from £395per personView tour details
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Crook Hall and Gardens
Tucked away at the heart of the city, just moments from Durham's market place, Crook Hall is a superbly-preserved Grade I listed mansion dating from the thirteenth century and surrounded by eleven beautiful and individually-themed gardens.

Oriental Museum
With collections featuring artworks and historic artefacts from China, Ancient Egypt, Japan, India and Tibet, the Middle East and South East Asia and amounting to more than 23,000 exhibits, Durham's Oriental Museum is one of the finest of its kind.

Durham University Botanic Garden
On the southern outskirts of the city, Durham's delightful Botanic Garden is set within twenty-five acres of mature woodland and filled not only with exotic plant and flower collections from around the world, but also a collection of tropical insects including scorpions and tarantulas, an arboretum grazed by rare-breed sheep and several sculptures and artworks.

Durham Light Infantry Museum
A must for fans of militaria, the DLI Museum records the history of County Durham's own regiment from its establishment in 1758 to its incorporation into the national Light Infantry in 1968. Exhibits include uniforms, weaponry and equipment used by the DLI, period photographs and artefacts collected from the battlefields of both World Wars.

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