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48 Hours in Durham City

48 Hours in Durham City

Voted the ‘best city in the UK’ by Condé Nast magazine, Durham City is a pleasure to explore. The quintessential English University city is dominated by the ‘UK’s Number One Landmark’, Durham Cathedral and the adjacent Durham Castle – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Durham City has a wonderful timeless quality, with rowing on the Wear and relaxing riverside walks, yet buzzes with superb cafes, boutiques and galleries.

Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral is regarded as the finest Norman building in Europe. The cathedral is well known not only for its architecture but also for its incomparable setting. It was built as a shrine for the body of St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne at the end of the 11th centry, and has been attracting pilgrims for over 900 years.

Durham Castle
The castle has had an extremely interesting history, particularly in relation to the range of functions which the buildings have performed. As a fortress, the principal palace of the Bishops of Durham and, since 1837, as the home of University College and as the foundation college of Durham University. The Castle now also houses an accredited museum, unusual in that it is contained within a living and working college community.

Crook Hall Gardens
Described as ‘A tapestry of colourful blooms’ by Alan Titchmarsh, Crook Hall is enchanting throughout the seasons. Discover the medieval hall with Jacobean drawing room, turret and gallery, set in 4 acres of gardens including 2 walled gardens, a silver and white garden, an orchard, courtyard fountain, large moat pool and a maze. Light lunches and home-made cream teas are served in the Georgian dining room or in the pretty little courtyard.

The Treasures of Durham University: Palace Green Library
Palace Green Library, in the heart of Durham city, holds Durham University's outstanding special collections. Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spanning millennia and the globe.
Palace Green Library houses Durham University's archives, early printed books and other special collections. There are over 70,000 books printed before 1850 including 300 incunables, over 100 Medieval manuscripts, 3,400 metres of archives and artefacts, over 30,000 maps and prints and 100,000 photographs.

Durham University Botanic Garden
Don’t miss all that the Botanic Garden has to offer appealing to young and old alike. Set in countryside and mature woodland, admire plant collections from North America, the Himalayas and China, glasshouse rainforest and desert plants. Six Colin Wilbourne sculptures can be admired in landscaped garden.

Product Information

  1. Durham Cathedral

    Durham City

    Contact Details:

    The Chapter Office
    The College
    Durham City
    County Durham
    DH1 3EH

    Tel:

    +44 0191 386 4266
  2. Contact Details:

    Sidegate
    Durham City
    County Durham
    DH1 5SZ

    Tel:

    +44 0191 384 8028
  3. Contact Details:

    Durham University Botanic Garden
    Hollingside Lane
    Durham City
    County Durham
    DH1 3TN

    Tel:

    +44 0191 334 5518

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Durham Cathedral (54.77347,-1.57653)Durham Castle (54.77224,-1.57736)0.13
Durham Castle (54.77224,-1.57736)Crook Hall and Gardens (54.78214,-1.57544)1
Crook Hall and Gardens (54.78214,-1.57544)Palace Green Library Exhibitions (54.77449,-1.57651)0.77
Palace Green Library Exhibitions (54.77449,-1.57651)Durham University Botanic Garden (54.76336,-1.57461)1.12
Total Distance *3.02 miles
Estimated Journey Time6 minutes

* Approximate distance by road