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The twin ancient delights of Durham’s cathedral and castle await visitors to this stately northern settlement, both dating back to around 1000AD. Deep inside Durham Castle lies St Cuthbert’s coffin and many other items of historical note, giving a glimpse into the life of a seventh century saint. Another interesting, though very different, collection is the Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery, chronicling the history of the local regiment. Returning to the fresh air, the Botanical Gardens are well worth a visit, acres of woodland and greenery, hosting many events to keep all the family amused, and the banks of the River Wear are an excellent spot for a peaceful walk.

Durham is also an excellent base for trips out into the surrounding countryside, where the sights include High Force Waterfall, and typical rugged Yorkshire villages. Then spend the evening relaxing in one of the city’s pubs, many of them ancient watering holes serving a variety of Real Ales – one of the by-products of a large student population. England’s most haunted pub is in Durham, so sign up for the Ghost Walk around the city and then if you fancy a fright with your drink head for the Shakespeare Tavern.


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