"Durham: famous for seven things" Durham by iwys
Durham Travel Guide: 244 reviews and 614 photos
Durham is a small, historical city, which stands on a sharp, wooded bend in the River Wear. It is dominated by a magnificent cathedral and a castle, the latter of which is now wholly occupied by the university.
There is an old saying that the city of Durham is famous for seven things: Wood, Water, Pleasant Walks, Law, Gospel, Old Maids and Mustard. The wood, water and pleasant walks can all be explained by the forested slopes of the Wear Valley, the law by the university, the gospel by the cathedral and the old maids by the local tradition that an old woman go from house to house on Christmas Day carrying figures of the Virgin and child whilst singing the carol 'God rest ye merry gentlemen'. English mustard was invented in Durham in 1832 by one such old woman called Mrs Clements.
The Castle Keep stands on a high mound or motte. A simple keep was built by the Normans in the 11th century. Later, a... more travel advice
As well as the grand architecture of the Cathedral and Castle, Durham also has a maze of medieval streets winding up and... more travel advice
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