Day Trip to Durham

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There are a few things that come to mind when one thinks of the city of Durham – whether it is the impressive cathedral, the pronounced northern accent or the overwhelming population of candidates in Oxbridge. . Of course, there might be a running joke that York is the college for the Durham releases, but that doesn’t stop the Northern Town from being the perfect York getaway, offering a day of fun. wandering on steep slopes and awesome viewing. castles.

For as little as £ 10 with a reliable train pass (depending on which date you choose), students can head to Durham for the day, with the 46-minute train taking you into the city with plenty of time to explore. It’s a city that looks great in any weather – the sun can be a nice surprise, but the streets are used to their days being filled with gray skies and stubborn drizzle. It’s a small town, and a day is more than enough to tick off most of Durham.

Once you get off the train and descend the hill to the city center, head down to the river for amazing views of the cathedral and the river banks. The town is split in two by the River Wear and offers the perfect opportunity to stroll along the wooded waterfront. The Riverview Kitchen is a great stopping point for brunch or snacks – tucked into the hillside, its cozy interior is a great choice for an independent cafe, with tons of pancake or open sandwich options for those who wish. have a fancy lunch. Alternatively, famous for its pretty townhouse exterior, Flat White Kitchen is an essential stopover – serving up all the coffee, cakes, and brunch you could ask for. A Durham staple, this five-story building is packed with comfortable lodges and is conveniently located near Durham’s main attractions.

Of course, no visit to Durham is complete without a trip to the Cathedral. Head there in the late afternoon to make the most of the last hours of sunshine shining through the magnificent stained glass windows, illuminating the intricate interior. We wandered for over an hour, scanning the ceilings and passing St Cuthbert’s shrine. Entrance to the cathedral is free, though donations of £ 5 are recommended, and is a must-see part of any day trip to Durham.

Perhaps the most emblematic part of the cathedral is the cloister, the covered passage in the heart of the building. It was used for scenes in the early Harry Potter films – acting as the halls of Hogwarts – and the grassy plaza in the middle of the cloister appears in famous scenes like when Ron’s “eating slug” curse on. Draco turns on him in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”. If you’re a fan of the franchise, no trip to Durham is complete without a photo op in these aisles and offers the chance to take a moment of calm in the fresh air and ambience of the Cathedral.

Durham’s main town center is a conservation site, and it’s easy to see why as you wander the old streets, wandering through little shops filled to the brim with trinkets, postcards and teapots. Of course, the piece de resistance is Durham Castle, which watches over the rest of the city. Built in 1072, it is an impressive piece of history and now houses part of Durham University. Afternoon tours are available during school time for around £ 5, but I would just recommend walking around the grounds and visiting Palace Green, where you get awe-inspiring views of the Castle and Cathedral, and are surrounded small alleys and hidden gems. From there you can always follow the North Bailey and check out the rest of the university colleges if you want to feel right at home.

If you’re like me, why not end your visit with a casual drink? While Durham might not be the wildest place for nightlife, there are certainly plenty of places to enjoy a relaxed meal or grab a pint before the train back. My favorite is Tango, a cozy restaurant / bar overlooking the river and cozy by candlelight. It’s the perfect hipster level, and the American-style menu is filled to the brim with burger-y goodness. If you’re already drunk, why not have a drink instead? There are also many other bars along this street – for a unique experience head to Tin of Sardine’s Gin Bar – a tiny and intimate bar featuring over 300 gins in its distinctive interior.

York is fortunate to be located in such a great location for UK day trips, and Durham is definitely one of the places to make the most of it while we are students. Whether you want historical goodness, or a day of shopping and trying the local cafes, there is no doubt that everyone can enjoy a day in the peace and quiet of Durham.

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