Cheap Hotels Durham
What to see by foot: Durham
Durham Castle, built in 1072, is one of England's largest and best-preserved
Norman castles. For nearly 800 years the castle was the principal seat of Durham's
Prince Bishops. Since 1836 the castle has become part of Durham University and
boasts two chapels, the three-storey Black staircase, fascinating 15th century
kitchens and the Bishop Cosin's Library.
Durham cathedral is a Norman cathedral founded in 1093 and is the shrine of
St. Cuthbert and a focus of Christian worship in the Diocese of Durham. Don't
miss the Monk's Dormitory, Tower, and Treasury Museum. Both the cathedral and
Durham Castle are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Durham University is England's third oldest, after Oxford and Cambridge and
adds charm and character to the city. The University houses the Oriental Museum,
Britain's only museum devoted entirely to oriental art and antiques. The University's
Botanic Garden, set in 18-acres, is lush with trees and plants from all over
the world and is wonderful to explore. Crook Hall and Gardens are very English,
with a maze and Shakespeare Garden.
The Town Hall was built 1850 and was modelled on London's Westminster Hall,
featuring a similar impressive hammer-beam roof. The interior is lit by beautiful
stained glass windows and decorated with heraldic symbols and paintings. The
personal belongings of the 'Little Count', Joseph Boruwlaski who was just under
1 metre tall, are displayed here as well.
The Durham Heritage Centre and Museum is located in a medieval church partly
rebuilt in the 17th century, and showcases local history. A whole cell from
Durham Jail is recreated here. Don't miss the brass rubbing on offer here.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County
Swallow Three Tuns Hotel
Ramside Hall Classic Hotel & Golf Club
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