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  • 1 Durham Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The beauty of this cathedral resides in its architectural unity. Most of the building was completed in a short time (1095-1133); and despite later additions the whole remains harmonious. The cathedral dominates the palace square, the university build..

  • 2 Oriental Museum - University of Durham Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    rd. Elvet

    In a woodland setting, among the other university buildings, stands this modern museum containing Oriental treasures of archaeology and art, from Egypt to China. Temporary exhibitions.

  • 3 Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Palace Green

    The romanesque architecture of the castle has often been changed, and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle is part of Durham University, and its keep was turned into a university residence for students in 1840. Inside, the upper levels ..

  • 4 The Town

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The town centre is nearly entirely pedestrianised. If you want to enjoy a fine view of the cathedral, with the austere castle walls in the foreground, head for Elvet Bridge or Framwellgate Bridge. Near to St-Mary-le-Bow's Church, an alley descends to..

  • 5 Durham Light Infantry Museum

    Museums and art

    Ayklely Heads

    Not far from the river, a modern building stands in a beautiful park and houses an exhibition that relates two centuries of history of the local regiment with weapons, uniforms and photos. An exhibition shows life in the County of Durham during World..

  • 6 The Sides of the River

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Framwelgate Waterside

    South Bailey ends at the old Watergate, and a path leads from here to Prebend's Bridge. From there or the path on the other bank of the river, you can enjoy some fine view which have long fascinated writers and artists. The perfect harmony of water, ..

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