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“Their exhibitions are outstanding!”

Palace Green Library
Ranked #25 of 60 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Palace Green Library, in the heart of Durham city, holds Durham University's special collections. Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spanning millennia and the globe.
Reviewed 9 February 2016

My wife and I went to the recent Antarctica exhibition and I was spell-bound. It focused mainly on Scott and Shackleton and included a lot of the original photography from Shackleton's photographer. They were stunning and the story that unfolded as you walked the exhibition made me reflect about the character and will of these great explorers.
The library is a set of connecting rooms within an old building and much has been done to retain lovely architectural features. In addition, the staff are brilliant; very warm, friendly and knowledgeable. It even has a great cafe for time to rest those tired feet! Accessible by wheelchair, it is well worth a visit. Their next exhibition is on the Somme 1916 and its links back to Durham through the men of the DLI and others who served in the Great War.

Thank JHT2910
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Reviewed 3 January 2016

Great exhibitions are held here. There is a quiet cafe which is useful for catching breath and plotting your next walk.

Thank 69Penny
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Reviewed 5 November 2015

Wonderful venue owned by the university. If one has the chance, try and obtain access to the Bishop Cosin's Library, which is one of the most beautiful libraries in all of Britain!

Thank Alex K
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Reviewed 2 November 2015

As a Geographer study at Durham Univeristy the opportunity to experience an exhibition on loan from the British Antarctic Survey was too good to pass up. I went along to the exhibition which was incredibly informative for all levels - there is information accessible for both adults and children so it's a great day out for families and people interested in the science.

The location is also great as it's near to town so can easily be visited on a trip to Durham or the Cathedral and the staff are welcoming and friendly too.

Thank Lou_B08
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Reviewed 22 September 2015

Three things here. Firstly Bishop Cozens Library is a bibliophiles heaven. The smell itself might be bottled and sold. A amazingly intact 17th century library in a stunning room. Find time for this.
Secondly, there is an exhibition upstairs showing the development of Durham. Sounds a mite dull but it is not. Children as well as grown ups will love it.
Thirdly, a nice quiet restaurant/café at the back, and if the refectory in the Cathedral is full, or if the purse is suffering from overuse, then pop in here.
Was a student here for 6 years in the 60's, but being a scientist, never went in. How things have changed.

Thank pisumcorporum
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