Holidays To Durham

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Durham is a historic city in North East England. It sits on the River Wear, to the east of Sunderland, south of Newcastle upon Tyne and to the north of Darlington. The city has had a rich history dating back over 4000 years. The present city can be traced back to 995 CE, when a group of monks from Lindisfarne chose the strategic high peninsula as a place to settle with the body of Saint Cuthbert that had previously lain in Chester-le-Street founding a church there. Holidays to Durham are all about the history and heritage of this attractive city. Durham is well known for its Norman cathedral and 11th century castle, both designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The castle has been the home of Durham University since 1832. HM Prison Durham is also located close to the city centre. The city is home to several more attractions. Travel Center offers all inclusive holidays to make your trip to Durham a memorable one. Get in touch with one of our experts today, and leave everything to us. Book holidays to Durham with us and experience this historic city in North East England at its very best.

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Time Zone

UTC+00:00 hours

Airlines Flying

KLM, Eastern Airways

Languages

English

Best Time to Travel

June to August

Modes of Transport

Train, Taxi, Bus, Plane

Currency Exchange Rate

1.00 GBP
TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT

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Captain Cooke Birthplace Museum

The Captain Cooke Birthplace Museum located in Stewarts Park provides a fabulous insight to the life and travels of the famous explorer. Captain Cooke’s life from his birth to the time of his death in 1779 is well chronicled at the museum. Kids will love the special displays and gadgets while the museum makes a wonderful place for a day visit.

The Newport Bridge

Opened in 1934 by the Duke of York the New Port Bridges was designed by Dr David Anderson. It is the second main bridge spanning across the Tees. It runs a total of 400 feet and stands 160 feet from the road. It is a lift bridge where the centre opens out to let tall vessels pass.

The Tees Barrage

This is one of the most impressive sites in Durham Valley. The barrages were started in 1991 and completed only by 1995. The main function of the facility is to prevent the upstream part of the river from being tidal; this is also ideal for allowing many water sports facilities to take place.

The Transporter Bridge

This is an iconic and well known landmark in the Tees. The bridge was constructed between 1910 and 1911. This is the largest ‘transporter’ bridge in the world; it is 850 feet long and 225 feet high. It crosses a 571 foot expanse of the Tees River.

Durham Cathedral

Constructed in 1093 the cathedral’s first purpose was to hold the shrine of St Cuthbert. It is located at the Durham World Heritage Site and is loved by culture buffs for its exquisite Romanesque architecture. The Cathedral is a short drive from Tees Valley.

Durham Castle

This too is a short drive from Tees Valley. The Durham Castle is now a university; you can however explore the regal Norman castle and enjoy the medieval stylings. Guided tours are readily available of the entire complex. Check for times on the official website.

Chester’s Roman Fort

This historical fort goes all the way back to 123 AD. It is an extension of the famous Hadrian’s Wall and within the Fort is a well displayed museum that chronicles the forts illustrious history.

Quayside

If you fancy a drive while in beautiful Tees Valley do head out to vibrant Quayside. The holiday vibes and range of bustling cafes, restaurants and shops will soon have you in the holiday spirit. Hang around until sunset and enjoy drinks at the friendly pubs.

Tyne Bridge

Do take time to drive out to Tyne Bridge; the tallest structure in the entire Newcastle region. It was established in 1928 and had the many floors to serve the purpose of a warehouse. Strangely the building was never used for the purpose intended.

Hancock Museum

This is a main natural history museum in England. A fascinating browse for the whole family the Hancock Museum has it all. On display are Egyptian mummies, elephants and of course the mighty Dinosaurs.