Durham Keeps the Faith

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Durham keeps the faith

Durham’s connection to religious faith spans 1,300 years, embraces all corners and has shaped the county’s rich heritage. At its core is Durham City’s UNESCO World Heritage Site where magnificent Durham Cathedral has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries. Today, Durham is a place where all faiths are celebrated, and fascinating stories are waiting to be discovered.

• Follow in the footsteps of the northern saints on one of the six Northern Saints Trails. These signposted walking routes appeal to visitors of all faiths or none, with coach groups also able to also explore incredible attractions and heritage sites along the way.

• Discover how faith has shaped lives and communities for thousands of years at England’s first Faith Museum, part of The Auckland Project. Get up close to precious objects from different religions, along with contemporary pieces reflecting the diversity of multi-cultural Britain today.

• Explore Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle, which formed a power base for the Prince Bishops of Durham during the medieval period.

• Visit the shrine of St Cuthbert and the Tomb of the Venerable Bede at Durham Cathedral, which has been a place of pilgrimage for 1,000 years.

• Browse Buddhist religious material including beautiful textiles and talismans at Durham University's Oriental Museum.

Did you know…

The Faith Museum contains more than 250 fascinating objects, including the first English translation of the Quran, published in 1649, and the 13th century Bodleian Bowl associated with early Jewish communities in Colchester.

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Tour suggestions…

Half day:
Faith Museum
Durham University’s Oriental Museum

Full or half day:
Northern Saints Trails - for walking groups.
All routes can be walked in any direction and for any duration.

Full day:
The Faith Museum, plus
Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle
Durham University's Oriental Museum

Hotel suggestions…

Lumley Castle Hotel

Ramside Hall Hotel

Useful information…

Coach travelling time:
The Faith Museum to Durham City - 35 minutes

Sat Nav:
Durham City DH1 5TA
(Framwellgate Waterside - Cathedral bus 40A
operates from/to the coach bays)
Oriental Museum DH1 3TH
Lumley Castle Hotel DH3 4NX
Ramside Hall Hotel DH1 1TD
The Faith Museum DL14 7PG