Durham is a county in north east England that is home to a historic range of attractions and is popular with tourists. Known for its farming, mining and heavy railway industries, the city’s economy has historically been based on iron and coal mining. The area has been regenerated as a popular holiday and tourist destination and has since been voted the ‘best city in the UK’ by Conde Nast Traveller magazine.
Durham is an enchanting city home to some dramatic historical and tourist attractions on its prominent peninsula. With cobbled streets that wind their way through the town, Durham is home to the famous World Heritage sites of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. Renowned as one of Europe’s most stunning city views, these iconic attractions have recently been voted as the number one landmark in UK.
Following in the footsteps of traditional university cities, Durham is one of the UK’s finest historic and cultural destinations and offers a wealth of hidden treasures among its cobblestoned streets. Boasting a unique and charming timelessness, the city buzzes with the combination of ancient architecture, contemporary culture, relaxing riverside paths, gourmet chic cafes, boutiques, artisan workshops, museums and galleries.
Feeling as though you’ve step back in time, you’ll still enjoy all the modern comforts as you explore the city and relax at a café taking in the local lifestyle, shop for gourmet local produce and pick up wonderful examples of local crafts at the markets. The Durham Cathedral is a must see and offers the opportunity to reflect on its awe-inspiring architecture while Crook Hall and gardens offers a place to unwind and enjoy the scenery in the centre of the city.
Another not-to-be-missed attraction is the Oriental Museum at Durham University, however it’s not just your days that will be filled with amazement in Durham. At night, you can enjoy a pleasant evening at the theatre, indulge at the wide range of trendy and intimate restaurants or take in some culture at the art house cinema.