Durham is a city and county town in North East England. It
overlooks the River Wear, and is located close to Sunderland, Darlington and
Newcastle upon Tyne. It has a population of over 48,000 and temperate climate
characterised by lower than average rainfall.
The name ‘Durham’ is a combination of the Celtic word “dun”,
meaning hill fort, and the Old Norse phrase “holme”, meaning island. There is
evidence of settlement in Durham as early as 2000 BC. During Medieval times,
the city became known for its spiritual associations, and provided the final
resting place for two major Saints of the period.
Due to its location, Durham played a pivitotal role in the
protection of England against the Scots. The Battle of Neville’s Cross is just
one example of conflict fought on its soil.
By the 19th century, Durham was known for its
carpet-making and weaving. The city was also involved in coal extraction and
the manufacturing of mustard. Durham University was built during this period,
with Durham Castle serving as the first college.
To this day, Durham remains a popular university city, with
over 18,000 students, home to cobbled streets and a beautiful Romanesque
Castle. Famous sites include Durham Cathedral, Crook Hall & Gardens, and
the Marquess of Londonderry Statue. For great views, head to East Durham Coast
or embark on a Durham Riverside Walk. And, if nature is your thing, visit Old
Durham Gardens. Other attractions worth seeing are the Oriental Museum and the
Museum of Archaeology.
The city is known for its good schools, many of which are
top performing. It also has a rich history of sport, and plays host to
football, rugby, cricket, rowing and archery clubs. Notable residents of the
city include actor and comedian, Rowan Atkinson, and former British Prime
Minister, Tony Blair.
The city offers train and bus links. It is served by Durham
railway station, which connects to Edinburgh and London via the East Coast Main
Line. All buses that run through Durham can be boarded at Durham Bus Station –
which has a total of 11 stands. The close airport to Durham is Newcastle
Airport, at roughly 26 miles away.
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