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The Way of Learning – Bitesize Walk Three

Durham Castle

A Monks' Holiday Retreat, a Fortified Castle and a Magnificent Cathedral.        

Distance: 4-6 miles

Start: Palace Green, Durham City

Route: Palace Green – riverbanks – Penny Ferry Bridge - Crook Hall – Frankland Lane – Brasside Ponds – Finchale Priory

Finish: Finchale Priory, Durham

In a nutshell:   

How many buildings can be counted around Durham City’s historic Palace Green? How many are built in brick? Which of the buildings has the famous Sanctuary Knocker on its main doorway? And name the family linked to the Coat of Arms displayed on the front of the 15th century Exchequer Building.  

The Penny Ferry Bridge over the River Wear recalls the days of the original ferry crossing.  When the bridge opened in 2002 the first 20 people to walk across it were each given an old penny as a souvenir of the day.   

A “ready-steady-go” family run en-route to Frankland Farm and the nature reserve of Brasside Ponds burns off excess energy before arriving at the extensive ruins of Finchale Priory, once a place of rest and recreation for the medieval Benedictine monks of Durham Cathedral.     

Why not visit:

  • Durham Cathedral Museum, Durham City
  • Durham Castle, Durham City
  • Palace Green Library and World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

Product Information

  1. Durham Castle

    Durham City

    Contact Details:

    Durham University
    Palace Green
    Durham City
    County Durham
    DH1 3RW


    +44 0191 334 2932
  2. Contact Details:

    St Mary-le-Bow
    North Bailey
    Durham City
    County Durham
    DH1 3ET


    +44 0191 384 5589
  3. Contact Details:

    Palace Green
    County Durham
    DH1 3RN


    +44 0191 334 2932
  4. Contact Details:

    Newton Hall
    County Durham
    DH1 5SH


    +44 0870 333 1181

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Durham Castle (54.77552,-1.57679)Durham Museum and Heritage Centre (54.77367,-1.57464)0.22
Durham Museum and Heritage Centre (54.77367,-1.57464)Palace Green Library (54.77465,-1.57644)0.14
Palace Green Library (54.77465,-1.57644)Finchale Priory (54.81821,-1.54122)4.82
Total Distance *5.18 miles
Estimated Journey Time10 minutes

* Approximate distance by road