This is someplace I wouldn’t recommend most tourists going because its not a very exciting place…but its great if you spend some time there. I was in Durham for a little over a week at the University and it was a great way to experience the England that exists outside of London. There are plenty of great day trips from here as well to places like Vindolanda, Hadrian’s Wall, Chester’s Fort, Lindisfarne (beautiful!), and York.over 4 years ago
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I stay here a couple of times a year when I’m up in the N.E on business – It’s a beautiful place to stay, not only for the picture postcard place it is but also the people…
The castle is immense, I’ve only had the pleasure in the dark due to the time of year of my visits but it scares the crap out of me as does the Cathedral – In fact, ther is a little path up to the cathedral next to an Italian restaurant (sorry, can’t remember the name) but I was merrily sitting there as dusk approached and the silence is eerie, crazily eerie – I jumped at my own shadow then went and had a drink in “Brown Sugar” – Which has nothing to do with The Rolling Stones – I then bimbld down to “Chase” where after having a drink and reading the paper, I got accosted by some students and shown the sights of the place – Most fun you can have on a businss trip!!!
Go there!!!!over 5 years ago
I lived in Durham for five years while I was at University and I loved the whole area. It’s a great city to live in and there are so many lovely places within striking distance for weekend or day trips. We spent time on the Northumberland coast, in the Durham Dales, in the Lake District and in the Yorkshire Dales while I was up there.
There are some great pubs in town but not many clubs so the nightlife isn’t amazing. That never bothers me too much though. I just love the whole city. It’s got a great feel to it, and it’s at its most attractive in the summer. The castle and cathedral up on Palace Green really overlook the whole city, and the view from the train as you arrive over the viaduct always made me feel like I was coming home. So many great memories.over 6 years ago
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