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Durham, England

Durham Reviews

joseph98 joseph98
129 reviews
Picturesque North East town Feb 09, 2014
Perhaps I should say 'city', as Durham boasts a fine Cathedral, which is undeniably its prime attraction. But Durham is a small place, with a beautiful river running through it, splendid view s of the surrounding leafy countryside and cobbled streets in the compact town centre making this your archetypal, chocolate box English town.

The Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is imposing on the outside and spectacular on the inside, featuring everything from magnificent piers, to ornate chapels and altars, through to the monastery, which boasts a library of some 30,000 books. Situated nearby is the almost as impressive castle, now a University Hall, which also boasts UNESCO status.

Aside from these twin monuments, Durham is an unremarkable place - very easy on the eye, yes, but not a place to linger too long. The Cathedral and Castle make it all worthwhile, though.
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joseph98 says:
I'm a bit envious if that's the case - Durham is beautiful :-)
Posted on: Nov 13, 2014
Im_a_local says:
This is where I spent my childhood
Posted on: Nov 13, 2014
Travel2014 says:
Good to know! Thanks Joseph! :)
Posted on: Feb 09, 2014
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niphredil niphredil
6 reviews
Sep 15, 2002
Take Bill Bryson's advice- go to Durham! In fact, he just became the new chancellor of the University of Durham since Sir Peter Ustinov's passing a year or two ago. Isn't that exciting? Get a degree there and Bill Bryson will shake your hand :)

It's just a beautiful town. Period. Gorgeous cathedral and castle set on a woody peninsula, the winding river Wear, well-trodden stone bridges, cobblestone streets, riverside footpaths for wandering and thinking...

A tiny place- no cinema, only two or three 'clubs,' but who cares?! Who needs cinemas and clubs when you have lots of pubs, cafes (try Vennels), bookstores, and endless beautiful walks to take? If you wander a little south of town there's farmland where you can take a run and stop to talk to the horses, wooded trails filled with bluebells and foxgloves in spring...

Just go.
petrarchanprincess says:
I'll be studying there this next year. Do you have any suggestions about good day trips out of town or the best ways to travel out of Durham for my (hopefully) other European excursions?
Posted on: Mar 13, 2007

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