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If you want to enjoy a relaxing vacation in a place like something out of a fairy tale with medieval flair, you must visit the northeast of England, where you will find the charming city of Durham, located on the border with Scotland and considered a world heritage site. Located on a hill, Durham offers you one of the best views of nature you can imagine, surrounded by historical monuments and beautiful medieval streets. In Durham you can learn much more about the historical past of England. Visit its fantastic museums, castles and fortifications. Take pleasant walks through its immense gardens and enjoy an authentic traditional British meal. Durham has everything you are looking for to enjoy a relaxing vacation.Outstanding vacation rentals near the city center
On this Durham vacation, you'll discover that its accommodations are as great as its city. You will be completely impressed with the rentals which boast fantastic fully furnished modern kitchens that include a fridge, microwave, kettle, stove, dishwasher, washing machine and all the utensils you may need. In its rooms, you can find cozy spaces to relax and rest in its single and double beds. Modern bathrooms with showers and bath towels included. Among other facilities that include, you can find a spacious living room with furniture, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, DVD player, books and much more. Additionally, these beautiful accommodations are located just a few miles from the city center and the most popular attractions in the surrounding area. Durham's comfortable rentals are definitely another reason to visit this fantastic city.
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The area and getting around
If you go for a walk through the streets of Durham, on the way to the old cathedral, you will find a fantastic market that you cannot miss, as you will have a lot to see. This is an outstanding 18th century Victorian building, which was renovated almost 25 years ago, but still retains its great old style. Inside you can walk through its long corridors full of shops of all kinds, from household items, clothing, food, decoration, gifts, to technology, bookshops and many more. It is a tour that is really worth taking due to the great variety of articles and good prices that you can find. Also, nearby, you can enjoy excellent pubs and restaurants to enjoy a meal or drink at the end of the tour of the market.Stroll through the beautiful Durham Garden
The Durham Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to take pleasant walks in the middle of nature. It is currently managed by the University of Durham. You can explore its 10 hectares of extension where you will find an incredible variety of species of trees, flowers, plants from all over the world. Tour its greenhouses that shelter plants from various climatic zones of the world. This immense garden is always very well cared for and is one of the most beautiful that you can visit in England. Additionally, you can also find a fantastic visitor center and an exquisite cafeteria to enjoy the views of the surroundings.
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One of the best attractions you can visit with your family on this Durham vacation is the imposing Durham Castle. In medieval times it served as a defence against the Scots, it was built commanded by King William I in 1072, just after the Norman Conquest. It has been part of the World Heritage Site since 1986. You can discover all the charms of the castle by taking a fantastic guided tour of the entire building, from Bishop Belk's Great Hall to the incredible Norman-style chapel. As you go through the rooms of the castle, you will be able to find shields, armour, portraits and many exhibited items from medieval times. Visit the great hall, where various scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed. In one part of the castle you will also find that there is the headquarters of the University of Durham, the third oldest in the United Kingdom, founded in 1297 with great international recognition.Durham for temple lovers
Durham Cathedral is one of the most visited temples in the entire United Kingdom. More than 1000 years old, it still preserves many details of its original design that can be seen in its corridors and Romanesque stained-glass windows. Built in the 11th century, it took almost 40 years to finish all the construction. Its Norman-style construction is one of the exponents of all Europe. In the tour inside you will find great details of symbols and objects that represent the culture and religion of that time, such as the black cross that you will find at the entrance symbolizing that it is a place free of sin or the old Great Clock with Scottish style.
Every November, the Lumiere light festival is celebrated, an incredible show of colored lights where works of art are projected on the buildings of the city. It is truly an artistic spectacle.
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Surrounded by beautiful medieval houses and declared a World Heritage Site in 2005, there is an extensive green area with the best location in the city, where you will have access to the most impressive panoramic views of the city. If you go north you will find the fantastic Durham Castle, to the south the old Cathedral. As you walk around, you can also discover old historical buildings and some university premises, such as the archaeology museum or the Palace Green Library. Taking a walk around Palace Green is one of the quietest things you can in Durham to discover its surroundings.2. Take a tour of the incredible Oriental Museum
If you like to learn about other cultures, in South Durham you can find a wonderful museum run by the city's university, which exclusively shows displays about Asian and African culture. Its collections include objects from Ancient Egypt, China, Japan, Korea and many more. You can be fascinated with ancient ceramics, artefacts, calligraphies and many other exhibits where you can discover historical data of how these civilizations lived in the past. The Oriental Museum is an interesting place to enjoy with your family and learn about other cultures.3. Explore the fantastic Wharton Park
This beautiful and extensive natural park is to the northeast of the city, and is considered one of the most important lungs of Durham. It is a great place with a pleasant family atmosphere where you can share a wide variety of outdoor activities, walk around the surroundings to enjoy the beautiful panoramic views that you can get from the entire city. Wharton Park is a great place to get in touch with Durham's nature and its wide variety of trees and plants.4. Enjoy tea time at the wonderful Tealicious Tearoom
The Tealicious Tearoom is one of the most visited places in the city of Durham to share a great snack. It is a charming traditional tearoom with a pleasant atmosphere and a wonderful feeling of relaxation. If you are a tea lover, here you can choose between 24 different types of tea served in beautiful china porcelain cups. Additionally, you can also enjoy a wide variety of desserts that include cakes, rolls, pies, scones and many more like the very popular strawberry cake. If you are in Durham, you cannot miss the wonderful Tealicious room.5. Take a nice stroll on the Durham Riverside Walk
One of the best ways to visit the beautiful medieval city of Durham so as not to miss any detail of its charms, is by taking a quiet and pleasant walk around the river, enjoying the beautiful streets and getting to know the commercial area of the city with shops, restaurants, bars and pubs. You can also take the most original souvenir photos of the charming city. A good option to start the walk is from Prebends Bridge, going through the old part of the city.