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I was born just 10km from Durham. As teenagers we would cycle, walk or take the bus to Durham on a regular basis. There was not much there in terms of shopping, other than a great fishing tackle shop, but it was a nice place to walk around and we explored every nook and crannie.

We also used to regularly visit every free atraction in the City, our favourite of which was the Infantry Museum, with its displays of military hardware, accounts of battles, displays of medals won in action, and a really strange "hands on" art gallery.

Of course The Cathedral was a great draw too, and we used to go there often, and walk right round the river.

Later, we would go to Durham to "go to the pub" when we were still underage. It was quieter and less "scary" than Newcastle, and there was less chance of ending up in a fight or meeting someone you shouldn't (like a teacher from school). It was also a mite nearer, so if you missed the last bus, you could still walk home in an hour or so.

Nowadays it's as pleasant a little City as ever, and the shopping has even improved a little. It's not a BIG city, only about 90000 people, and there aren't hundreds of bars and restaurants, but what there is is pleasant. It's a good place for a daytrip, or a weekend, or as a base to see the North East. It's also the home to one of the country's leading Universities and has some good schools.

One day in October I decided to go and take these pictures in Durham instead of nervously watching England trying to qualify for the world cup. Thanks to Sabs for keeping me up with the scores that day :-)

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely Little City, Magnificent Cathedral & Castle, Great Setting
  • Cons:A Bit "too" Little, Shopping A Bit Of A Let-Down
  • In a nutshell:Good For A Daytrip
  • Last visit to Durham: Oct 2002
  • Intro Updated Dec 4, 2002
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