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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham October 8th 2021

The walk up to Durham Cathedral through the city is nice and I really like when you turn off the shopping street and walk up the cobbled street that you are confronted with the great view across Palace Green to the cathedral. However this time the view was a bit obscured as a temporary Covid vaccination centre has been erected on the green to offer booster shots. Luckily, I took some photos of the exterior of the cathedral when I came to visit Durham Castle so I have used those. Also, I can't wait until I never have to mention the C word in a blog again. Durham Cathedral or to give it its full name The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St. Cuthbert of Durham (that's far too long) was built ... read more
Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham August 26th 2021

Durham Castle is only open to the public at certain times of the year as it used as halls for Durham University and is also a wedding/function venue. Normally you would have to do a guided tour (which I did a long, long time ago), but due to Covid the tours are now self guided, which appealed to me. It was fairly easy to book a ticket in advance as they are released the week before, and aren't snapped up too quickly. When I booked my tour, the weather forecast said it was going to be sunny and pretty decent, but like the previous week, the forecast changed and it was cloudy, spitting, and a bit nippy. There was a definite autumnal feel in the air. It meant I didn't stop on the bridge to get ... read more
Great Hall
Great Hall
Durham Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham August 19th 2021

Durham Oriental Museum is a bit of a walk from the city centre. The website suggested two different routes and I opted for the prettier one, walking along the River Wear. I headed to Framwellgate Bridge, which is the main bridge from the west in the centre of Durham. Since it was early, there was only one family taking selfies with the view of the castle and the cathedral in the background. The bridge dates back to the 15th century, replacing one built earlier in the 12th century for the Bishop of Durham. The views of the castle and the cathedral's towers was beautiful, I love that they just poke out from all the trees surrounding them. I only wish it had been a sunny day as it was rather overcast, but the British weather is ... read more
River Wear
Durham
Durham Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham June 1st 2021

The celebrated author, Bill Bryson, described Durham in glowing terms. "I thought it was perfect when I first saw it - I still think so now" were the words he used. "The city of Durham is an intensely beautiful and historic place. There is so much history there but what makes it so special is that it appreciates that history - it looks after it and does positive things with it". Bryson stumbled upon Durham by chance, when writing his Notes From A Small Island book. He went on to become Chancellor of the University between 2005 and 2011. The new University library still bears his name. On a day that saw Dominic Cummings take to the stage once again in pursuit of revenge against TFB, Durham seemed an appropriate place to be. It was after ... read more
Old Durham Gardens
River Wear, Durham
Prince Regent Centre, Durham

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham February 2nd 2020

Where in the world is Gabby the motorhome. She is having well earned rest in the car park of the Masons Arms. Unlike Europe our own small isle does not cater for motorhomers. Caravan and Motorhome Club sites are well out of the way . Suitable for tuggers but not for us in vans. They are expensive . Over £25 a night . Not something you want to pay when you have paid a lot of cash for a lithium battery and do not need electricity. Just a bit of hardstanding. Their members book up the sites for months on end so even if you wanted to get it they would be full . The Camping Club - the friendly one offers cheaper nights of around £15 but even so they are still not what we ... read more
Behind the altar
Durham cathedral on a dull old grey day
Durham castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham July 27th 2018

We arrived at Newcastle airport just before lunch time and after raiding an ATM, we made our way to the Airport Metro Station and caught the first train to Newcastle Central. It was very humid in Newcastle and around 28 degrees. From the metro station below Newcastle Central, we climbed the escalators up into the Railway Station where we were confronted with mayhem. Lightning from a thunderstorm had knocked out a train bunch of signals in Yorkshire so the trains heading south to London were all cancelled. We needed to catch any one of those trains for our 25 minute ride south down to Darlington where our Campervan awaits. Amongst all the bedlam at the station, we talked to some railway customer service people who told us to jump onto the train on platform 2 which ... read more
Durham
Durham

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham May 28th 2018

After the FA Cup Final last week, I have to admit I was scratching around for possibilities. It was a Bank Holiday weekend. The Other Half had us destined to visit the Outlaw, so the car pointed north again. The majority of leagues had completed their programme, so it was down to an hour or so of intrepid Internet searching to come up with a possible Cup Final whose geographical distance did not render it into the bracket of beyond economic sense. The question is could anything match the Totalsport Alan Hood Trophy Final that the previous Bank Holiday threw up in Hartlepool? The rest of the country would be solely focused on enjoying the warm weather and watching the Champions League Final taking place in Kiev. A team in red had made the cut, but ... read more
Durham Light Infantry Statue
Durham Castle
Gala Theatre, Durham

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham August 5th 2017

Checked out of my guest house and headed to Costa to get breakfast, mainly because I knew they'd have plant milk. Then off to the station to get the train across the breadth of England to Durham. Some very pretty scenery between Preston and Leeds, another part of England that was unfamiliar to me, the southern part of the Yorskshire Dales. So much left to explore. A rowdy lot got on at Leeds, complete with alcoholic beverages. Squaddies and possibly a stag do. Changed trains at York, and my friend who I was possibly meeting couldn't make it but he said he might stand in the field behind his house and wave at my train. I think he missed it though. In Durham I decided to have a quick walk around, despite being rather worse for ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham September 2nd 2016

A warm September morning in London turned into a warmish afternoon in Durham. The scenery on the way up was pretty unspectacular - mostly flat - until we actually drew close to Durham where the cathedral and castle towered above the trees and the station. Durham grew round the shrine of St Cuthbert who was a hermit monk who lived and died on Lindisfarne, attracting pilgrims until the Vikings threatened to invade in the tenth century. The monks took St Cuthbert's body and travelled around the north of England until they reached Durham and built an Anglo Saxon cathedral to house his shrine. A Norman cathedral, was then built round that, and became the frontrunner of the Gothic style of architecture with pointed arches across the ceiling, emabling taller building. Inhabitants must have thighs of steel ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham September 12th 2013

By the time I arrived at Durham it was raining, thankfully not pouring down though and it wasn't long before I was settled into my university digs as part of the conference. After registration there was nothing on until 6pm when supper - a delectable repast - was served followed by the keynote address given by Emeritus Professor Christine Alexander. Then there was a launch of all the Juvenilia books so far published with drinks and a 'Juvenilia' cake on offer too! I can report that my bed was VERY comfortable so I was mightily happy! When I finally got into bed each night I indulged myself by reading another chapter of David Lodge's "Nice Work" which I'm loving. It's so good that each morning too I have to read more of the book. And it's ... read more
Juvenilia cake and wine to celebrate!
Dining room
Reading Room




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