At the base of the peninsula is the Market Place, which still hosts regular markets; a permanent indoor market, Durham Indoor Market, is also situated just off the Market Place. The Market Place and surrounding streets are one of the main commercial and shopping areas of the city. From the Market Place, the Bailey leads south past Palace Green; The Bailey is almost entirely owned and occupied by the university and the cathedral.

Grey towers of Durham Yet well I love thy mixed and massive piles Half church of God, half castle 'gainst the Scot And long to roam those venerable aisles With records stored of deeds long since forgot.[38]

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Durham Hosts several archery clubs who shoot at various locations in the city,[79][80][81] members of these clubs shoot for the region and individually at national events, as well as many who shoot purely for fun. In 2014 the regional Durham And Northumberland Archery Team won the National Intercounty Team Event at Lilleshall NSC, this event saw 260 archers from 19 counties competing over 2 days for the title.[82]

The historical city centre of Durham has changed little over the past 200 years. It is made up of the peninsula containing the cathedral, palace green, former administrative buildings for the palatine and Durham Castle.[5] This was a strategic defensive decision by the city's founders and gives the cathedral a striking position.[12] So much so that Symeon of Durham stated:

Durham is a hilly city, claiming to be built upon the symbolic seven hills. Upon the most central and prominent position high above the Wear, the cathedral dominates the skyline. The steep riverbanks are densely wooded, adding to the picturesque beauty of the city. West of the city centre, another river, the River Browney, drains south to join the Wear to the south of the city.

The county town of County Durham, until 2009 Durham was located in the City of Durham local government district, which extended beyond the city, and had a total population of 87,656 in 2001, covering 186.68 square kilometres in 2007.[1] In 2001, the unparished area of Durham had a population of 29,091, whilst the built-up area of Durham had a population of 42,939.[35][36][2]

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The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

The Industrial Revolution also placed the city at the heart of the coalfields,[32] the county’s main industry until the 1970s. Practically every village around the city had a coal mine and, although these have since disappeared as part of the regional decline in heavy industry, the traditions, heritage and community spirit are still evident. The city also saw the creation of the world’s first passenger railway in 1825.[33]

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Durham Regatta has been held on the River Wear in Durham since 1834. It is the second oldest regatta in Britain[93] and is often referred to as 'the Henley of the North'.[94]

Durham scorer Brian Hunt was presented with a personalised memento after retiring from 41 years of exceptional service with the club

"To see Durham is to see the English Sion and by doing so one may save oneself a trip to Jerusalem"[5]

A cast of talented North East professional actors will take to the stage next month to re-create one of the region’s most moving real-life stories from the First World War.

In 1720 it was proposed that Durham could become a sea port by digging a canal north to join the River Team, a tributary of the River Tyne near Gateshead. Nothing came of the plan, but the statue of Neptune in the Market Place was a constant reminder of Durham's maritime possibilities.[23]

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Every September England's history, architecture and culture is celebrated when buildings of every age, style and function open their doors for free for the annual Heritage Open Days.

Durham Cathedral is one of the great buildings of Europe. Set grandly on a rocky promontory next to the Castle with the medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping round, the profile of the World Heritage Site is instantly recognisable to people travelling up and down the East Coast Main Line.

The first Durham Miners' Gala was held in 1871[33] and remains the largest socialist trade union event in the world.[31]

Durham bus station serves the city of Durham. The bus station is managed by Durham County Council. There are 11 stands and the main operators from the bus station are Go North East, Arriva North East,Scarlet Band, Stanley Travel, Weardale Motor Services and National Express.

The thought of ships docking at the Sands or Millburngate remained fresh in the minds of Durham businessmen. In 1759, a new proposal hoped to make the Wear navigable from Durham to Sunderland by altering the river's course, but the increasing size of ships made this impractical. This was further compounded by the fact Sunderland had grown as the north east's main port and centre for shipping.[24]

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The quintessentially English tradition of afternoon/cream tea finally has its very own national day – today! Afternoon tea became fashionable in the early 19th Century thanks to Anna, the Duchess of Bedford.

Why is this marvellous Cathedral here at all? Here is what we believe about its identity down the centuries and today, and how we as its living community understand our role as its guardians:

Explore our breathtaking scenery, discover award-winning attractions and enjoy world-class exhibitions, festivals and events. From city breaks to coast and countryside escapes – make Durham your next destination for a short break. 

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Many of the inner city areas are now inhabited by students living in shared houses.

Seek out hidden gems in market towns and villages in the Durham Dales, relax and enjoy peace and tranquillity on the Durham Coast, or get outdoors and active with walking and cycling routes revealing unforgettable views across the county.  And when it’s time to refuel you’ll be spoilt for choice with award-winning eateries and delicious local produce.

The legend is interpreted by a Victorian relief stone carving on the south face of the cathedral and, more recently, by the bronze sculpture 'Durham Cow' (1997, Andrew Burton), which reclines by the River Wear in view of the cathedral.


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The ancient borough covering Durham was Durham and Framwelgate and it was reformed by the Municipal Corporations Act 1835. In 1974 it was merged with Durham Rural District and Brandon and Byshottles Urban District to form the City of Durham district of County Durham. The district was abolished in 2009 with its responsibilities assumed by Durham County Council, a unitary authority.

Durham's geographical position has always given it an important place in the defence of England against the Scots.[12] The city played an important part in the defence of the north, and Durham Castle is the only Norman castle keep never to have suffered a breach.[13] The Battle of Neville's Cross, which took place near the city on 17 October 1346 between the English and Scots, is the most famous battle of the age[which?].[3]

No writer is more renowned for his ability to foresee the future than HG Wells. His fantastic fiction imagined time travel, alien invasion, flights to the moon and human beings with the powers of gods says Simon John James, Professor in the Department of English Studies 

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Durham Cathedral is one of the most recognisable buildings in Europe, if not the world. Its Romanesque architecture, stained glass and shrines to St Cuthbert and St Bede ensure it is still a place of pilgrimage a thousand years after it was built.

The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

Durham Cathedral is a Christian Church of the Anglican Communion, the shrine of St Cuthbert, the seat of the Bishop of Durham and a focus of pilgrimage and spirituality in North East England. We inhabit a treasured sacred space set in the natural and human landscape of the World Heritage Site.

Durham Amateur Rowing Club is one of the country's oldest clubs (founded in 1860) and lies at the end of Green Lane in Durham, occupying a tranquil setting on the River Wear.[91]