The heart of Durham is a lofty sandstone outcrop surrounded by the meandering River Wear. The great Norman Cathedral towers above the river with its elegant bridges, old mills and picnic areas. Few places in Britain can boast such spectacular views.
Durham Cathedral dates from 995AD when a party of monks were seeking a resting place for the relics of St Cuthbert, one of the founders of Christianity in England. The present Cathedral was started in 1093 with the stunning Central tower completed in 1470 after lightning hit the original tower. The main doorway has a grotesque C12th sanctuary knocker. There is a permanant exhibition to the Venerable Bede, the father of English history and the English Renaissance.
The home of the transporter bridge from Auf Wiedersehen Pet and the Birth place of Captain Cook.
The home of the broadest High street in the Country with a market dating back to the C14th. Also the birthplace of Sheraton and John Walker, the inventor of the match.