Marvel at Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

Durham City, Durham

Be awestruck by Durham Cathedral and Castle, take a relaxing stroll on the banks of the River Wear, and soak up a city as beautiful as it is historic.

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Whether you arrive into Durham City by road or rail, your first sight of its Cathedral and Castle standing proud above the medieval city will awe and impress.  A scenic stroll from the station takes you to these magnificent buildings, among the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites to be designated.

At the Cathedral, one of the finest Norman buildings in Europe, climb the Tower's 325 steps for spectacular views of the city and countryside. Pop into the Chapter House if you’re a fan of Harry Potter – it starred onscreen as a Hogwarts classroom.

Take a student-led tour of Durham Castle: now a Durham University building, the Castle was commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1072 to defend the peninsula. Meander down cobbled streets into town and grab a picnic from the Marketplace to enjoy on the riverbanks while watching rowboats glide past.

Durham is under 3 hours by train from London.

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DDurham's UNESCO World Heritage Site © Visit County Durham
VView of Durham Cathedral from the riverbanks © Visit County Durham
RRed telephone box outside Durham Castle © VisitEngland / Diana Jarvis
CDurham Cathedral cloisters © VisitBritain / Rod Edwards
DDurham Cathedral's famous Rose Window © Visit County Durham / Sally Ann Norman Photography
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