Enjoying a picturesque setting on the lush green banks of the River Tyne, the university and cathedral city of Durham is understated in its splendour and charm. Steeped in a rich and effervescent history that is apparent at every turn, Durham enjoys its quiet and stately magnificence. The city is crammed with elaborate architecture, archaic market squares, idyllic riverbanks and rolling green countryside making it a sheer delight for locals and visitors alike. It is this city status entwined with picturesque countryside scenes that uniquely sets Durham apart from its other Northern counterparts. If Durham sounds like the perfect English destination for you make sure to book your accommodation with the best kept secret in luxury travel, Secret Hotels.
Undoubtedly the most iconic landmark in Durham is the spectacular Durham Cathedral, deemed to be the most stunning in the world by the travel writer Bill Bryson. With a looming silhouette that dominates the skyline its splendour is inescapable and is sure to leave visitors in awe. Its humble Norman origins have since been transformed into sublime UNESCO World Heritage site that it is today and the cathedral has even been celebrated in the Harry Potter films, a fact sure to impress the kids. Another magnificent example of Norman heritage prevalent in the city is Durham Castle which is open to the public via guided tours.
Nestled in idyllic countryside, Durham is a perfect destination for those wanting to breathe in the clean, rural air and make the most of the great outdoors. With an abundance of local country parks set just outside of the city easily accessible by car the hustle and bustle of the city can be escaped for a day or two. Avid walkers can take a stroll down Durham’s Heritage Coast or the Durham Dales for a glimpse of wild moorland and charming hamlets.
Those who fancy staying in the city for a spot of retail therapy are sure to love the shopping areas around Framwellgate Bridge. The historic Durham Market Place still hosts regular markets whilst the Durham Indoor Market permanently trades local farmers’ goods and produce.
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