Durham City


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Durham City  and places to visit nearby

and below other interesting must see towns and sights

There’s lots to see and be surprised about when you visit the north east especially the ancient city of Durham. The cathedral and castle are situated in a bend of the river wear on a natural mound, so that every building around is historic, the cathedral celebrated 900 years at the end of the 1990s. Palace green the area wherein lies the cathedral and castle is a world heritage sight. Durham Cathedral has been voted Britain's favourite building in a survey of the best of British architecture. The cathedral actually won more than 50% of the votes of BBC Radio 4's Today programme listeners.The Durham Cathedral and Castle world heritage site was also one of the first to be designated, along with the India’s Taj Mahal and France’s Palace of Versailles. The Norman cathedral along with Durham Castle is a beautiful timeless scene that just hasn’t changed over the centuries. so don’t forget to Bring your camera. Also on Palace green you will  pass the library a fascinating place to visit then the entrance to the Norman castle this area known as palace green is the world heritage site voted number 1 English heritage site in 2017.

Here are some facts​

      Work on the cathedral began in 1093 as a church for the remains of St Cuthbert, the 7th Century bishop of Lindisfarne. The cathedral  also is home for the tomb of Jarrow’s Bede, who was the chronicler of the life of Cuthbert Bead from Jarrow was the first English historian. Durham Cathedral’s Norman architecture has survived through the centuries whilst many important Norman buildings in England have been modified, but not Durham cathedral and castle it remains century after century as an important visitor attraction. Over 600,000 people pass through its doors every year. On Durham Cathedral’s main door is the sanctuary knocker. Any fugitive who touched it was granted sanctuary for 37 days. They could then face their accusers or be given safe conduct to the coast.
   In 1523, Henry VIII’s chief adviser Cardinal Thomas Wolsey became Bishop of Durham. Interestingly you may wish to visit Bishop Auckland as it is here where the Bishops of Durham lived in Auckland castle. In 2016 Kynren came to this site at Auckland castle some 12 miles to the south of Durham cathedral. https://elevenarches.org/


        The tower of the cathedral, is just 198ft (about 65 metres), and it can be seen from miles and miles away. If you are feeling energetic you can climb the 325 steps to the top of the tower for amazing views. The cathedral famously appeared in the Harry Potter movies and has just been used on the latest marvel movie filmed in 2017

View this 1960s video of Durham on Pathe News

Angel of the North Gateshead and Newcastle




Travelling north on the A1M about 15 miles north of Durham you will pass the Angel of the north you can come off the main road and get onto the A167 and stop over and see how large and impressive the angel is.  continue on the A167 and you will come to the iconic Tyne Bridge along with the Sage 21st century music venue, the baltic flour mills now an amazing at gallery this is Gateshead. The south side of the river Tyne.

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Visit the atmospheric Quayside on the Newcastle side of the river. here you find great restaurants and iconic bridges all along the quayside you may like to walk from the quayside up Dean Street and see the remarkable architecture of Grey Street created by Richard Grainger in the 1830s Grainger Town is a dazzling jewel in our crown, These are the streets that Grainger built... Grainger Market, Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Grainger Street and Clayton Street.  You will find a plethora of wonderful classy restaurants coffee shops in and around Grey Street with Carlucci's at the top of Grey street down to Marco Polo's in Dean Street.

Shopping.. it is here where Fenwick's department store began In 1882 ambitious shop assistant, John James Fenwick, began a retail shop from a doctor's house in a residential area of Newcastle upon Tyne but now this shop is in Northumberland Street. It became an empire with shops in Bond Street London 

Tynemouth and Whitley Bay

WATCH OLD 1960s Durham Video below

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Whitley Bay and Tynemouth are north east of Newcastle. The coast of Northumberland starts here and goes all the way to Berwick on Tweed 50 miles to the north sandy beaches all the way. In Whitley Bay You will find interesting Victorian buildings and sandy beaches good restaurants tea shops etc. especially trendy is Tynemouth seen below..


Barnard Castle Bowes Museum and Teesdale

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Barnard Castle is different just imagine you are back in Dickens time well Barnard Castle is one of those old towns that has not changed old faciers on the shops pictured below is the butter market in the middle of the main shopping street, below to the right is the famous bowes museum just 600 hundred yards from the butter market

Durham City more views

Below the world heritage site and palace green Durham City, 1 Palace green library, 2 Snow on palace green January 2018,

3 Durham cathedral nestled in the trees on the banks of the river wear 4 Durham Castle also is Castle university 3rd oldest university in England 4 Misty scene of Durham as seen from near the railway station Durham, it's a famous view, the very view you see as you arrive at Durham station on the train from kings cross on it's way to Newcastle and Edinburgh. 5 Panorama of Durham also from the railway station early morning as the mist is clearing.

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The Angel of the North on the skyline as you approach Gateshead on the A1M

13 miles north of Durham City created in 1998 by Gateshead council who commisioned  artist Anthony Gormley 

you can get an idea of the size of the angel by noting how small are the people standing underneath.

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wild flowers Angel early morn Sept 2018

The Angel in the snow on the coldest day for 7 years 01-Feb-2019 below

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More photos of Durham City below

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Cathedral from St Mary's Nikon (1 of 1).
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Browns boats are open to hire on the river now this photo taken 25th June 2020

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