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Durham Travel Guide

by our United Kingdom expert Terry Emery
 
Terry EmeryDurham’s ‘Grey Towers’ of Cathedral and Castle still dominate the city. Founded late in the first millennium by monks from Lindisfarne (Holy Island) off the nearby coast, it is the burial place of miracle-working St Cuthbert (and his chronicler, the Venerable Bede). A place of pilgrimage before Canterbury, it had a key position in the border defences against marauding Scots and the Prince-Bishop was the true political ruler for 800 years. The city rose again with the Industrial Revolution, being at the centre of the Northumbrian coalfields – the Miners Gala, is still held as a factual and symbolic focus for British Labour. If you travel to Durham by rail, you ‘fly’ into it over the spectacularly elevated Victorian viaduct.
 

360 Tour of Central Church Square


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National Flag: British Flag
Language(s): English
Welsh
Scottish
Scots Gaelic
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Currency: British Pound
Dialling Code: +44
Time Zone: GMT
Tourism Website:
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