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Durham is a City in County Durham in northeast England, 19 miles south of Newcastle.

Durham is popular for it historic Cathedral, Castle, Riverside Walks, Boat Tours and Boat Hire.

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The image top is of Durham Cathedral and Castle from the Train Station. The main East Coast Rail Line was built through Durham from the 1850s to 1870s, leading from London up to Newcastle, then on to Edinburgh.

The second image is of the Centre of Durham, the Market Square with St Nicholas Church in the lower corner. The first St Nicholas Church was built here in the 1100s, with the Church seen today built in the 1850s.

Next to the Church is the Town Hall built in 1851 in Medieval Style, with the Guildhall next to the Town Hall dating to around the 1660s. The original Guild Hall was built in 1356.

The Statue of Neptune in the Market Square was erected in 1729 to cover a place where water was pumped to for residents in the City Centre.

The Copper Statue in the Square is of the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, erected in 1861, with the Marquess on horseback in Hussar Uniform. The Marquess owned Collieries in the area.

Elvet Bridge Street runs down from the Market Square to the River Wear, with a popular Boat Club for drinks and meals.

This is where you can take a Boat Trip around Durham, out east to the Cricket Ground where there is a Bandstand, large Bronze Cow, and Riverside Path with areas for lazing around in the sun.

The Durham Cow was created by Andrew Burton in 1997, as a cow is claimed to have been involved in the founding of Durham Cathedral.

The Boat Tour turns at the Cricket Ground then heads out west to below Durham Cathedral. There is also a Riverside Walk around below the Cathedral.

You can aslo hire Rowing Boats at the Boat Club or watch races.

Durham Cathedral is one of the top Attractions in the City, built from 1093, replacing an earlier Saxon Church. You can tour the Cathedral that also has a shop and diner.

Durham Castle is next to the Cathedral, built from 1072 for William the Conqueror, six years after his conquest of England. The Castle was used by the Bishops of Durham as their home for many centuries. The University College, Durham began using the Castle from 1837, with Guided Tours now available.

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