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The city of Durham in the north east of England is a truly delightful place for a holiday. As well as stunning architecture and fascinating museums, Durham has some great places for eating out. Sykes Cottages have some lovely self catering holiday cottages in Durham that will add that really special touch to your trip. So what are you waiting for? Here is my guide of some of the best things to see and do on a trip to Durham and the surrounding area.
Durham Cathedral dates back as far Norman times – building work began in 1093 and took nearly forty years to complete. The Cathedral’s high up position on the banks of the River Wear means that it stands tall over the rest of the city and, to many people, is one of the most iconic images of Durham. The stunning cathedral is now recognised as a UNECSO world heritage site and no trip to Durham would be complete without a trip to marvel at both its beauty and sheer scale.
Durham Cathedral is open to the public but it is worth bearing in mind that it is still a place of worship and access can be restricted during mass times. Visitors can walk through the beautiful cathedral, climb the 300+ steps to the top of the tower and enjoy a delicious slice of homemade cake in the Undercroft cafe.
Situated overlooking the A1 dual carriageway, the Angel of the North is a fantastic feet of engineering and design. It stands tall at twenty metres, with a wingspan of more than 50 metres, built in such a way to create a ‘sense of embrace’. It is well worth a little drive out of the city to see this amazing structure!
Foodie lovers will be pleased to hear that the Durham City Food Festival takes place every October on the Palace Green and Market Square in the city centre. If you are taking a trip to Durham outside of this time though, don’t worry, there are plenty of lovely restaurants and cafes to visit in Durham. One of my favourites is Bistro 21. Situated outside of the city centre, it classic food is well worth the drive or taxi ride!
Beamish, the ‘Outdoor Museum of the North’ makes a great day out, especially if you are on holiday with children. Beamish tells the story of life in the north of England over the last one hundred years, through the Victorian and Edwardian eras and right up to the modern day. A day at Beamish is just like stepping back in time!
No holiday would be complete without indulging in a little retail therapy! Durham’s large student population means that there are lots of unusual and alternative shops, including vintage shops and a busy indoor market.
Whet your appetite for a holiday to Durham? Durham is easy to get to from many of our cottages in Northumberland. Why not search for and book a self catering cottage near to Durham today?