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Durham in half a day? (after half day in newcastle!)

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Durham in half a day? (after half day in newcastle!)

We'll be heading to Newcastle, will get there early morning at 8..then will be there until about 2 or 3pm then plan to head to Durham and reach there by 3 or 4pm...we just want to see the place really..wander around...not looking for shopping or museums..just things that are interesting as you walk through!

Any recommendations? Thanks.

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1. Re: Durham in half a day? (after half day in newcastle!)

Walk the path around the river loop and look at the Cathederal - a classic view and 'free'.

Alternatively, go and look IN the Cathederal, you will not be disappointed.

http://www.thisisdurham.com/

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2. Re: Durham in half a day? (after half day in newcastle!)

The cathedral is the thing not to miss. Apart from that, lots of nice areas to stroll, particularly by the river.

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3. Re: Durham in half a day? (after half day in newcastle!)

Entry to the Cathedral is free. It closes at 6pm (except during August and late July when it is open later) so don't leave it too late if you want to go inside.

durhamcathedral.co.uk/visiting/information

Access is restricted during services.

The historic part of the city is the peninsula enclosed by the bend in the river so an interesting route is through the Market Place to Palace Green and then along the Bailey to explore the wooded riverside paths, crossing historic bridges to take in views of the Cathedral. If you walk right round the bend in the river you end up close to where you started.

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4. Re: Durham in half a day? (after half day in newcastle!)

Don't miss a visit to the cathedral! The old Durham city centre is small and very doable on foot. River walks are very pleasant, especially at the moment, when everything is green.

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5. Re: Durham in half a day? (after half day in newcastle!)

The Centre of Durham itself is just nice to wander around. If you havetime I would recommend the boat trip which is about an hour. It gives you a good sight of Durham. There is a lovely walk along the river (weather permitting). It is highly recommended to see the cathedral and have a look inside. it's free, a bit of a hill to get up there, but worth it.

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6. Re: Durham in half a day? (after half day in newcastle!)

Just walking around the city can be very nice, there are quite a few cobbled streets with shops and then of course the Cathedral/Castle area which is worth walking up to. Its a small place so won't take long to wonder around especially if you don't have that much time. There are some nice hidden coffee shops (try the vennel at the bottom of saddler street which is the road up to the Cathedral) if you want a cup of tea/some food. If its a nice day have a wander around the river banks where you can take a boat trip or rent a rowing boat! If you get lost just ask someone, the locals are very nice!

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