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Durham Cathedral & Castle

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Durham Cathedral & Castle

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Durham Cathedral & Castle

Durham offers the complete package, a triple-towered cathedral and castle in one. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, the cathedral, once the seat of the monarch’s proxies, the Prince Bishops of Durham, contains the remains of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne and the Venerable Bede. The Norman castle, meanwhile, having long since been retired from its job of acting as a defence against the Scots, became home to the newly created Durham University in the early Victorian era. It still houses the dons and students of University College. The whole complex is built on a rocky promontory overlooking a bend in the river Wear, and represents a superb example of Romanesque architecture. And at a time when other medieval cathedrals could take a century and more to build, Durham’s was completed in a mere forty years, making it an outstanding achievement and a true icon of England.

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Look out of the train as it passes through Durham. These two beautiful mediaeval buildings dominate the city. It's a world heritage site. The places I look out for when I return home

Mike Rayner

Apart from the awesome view from the train - travelling the east coast route between London and Edinburgh the view across Durham from the train as it runs along the high Victorian viaduct into Durham station can't be beaten - Durham cathedral holds the tomb of Bede, who wrote the first history of the English people, and was one of the first to write serious literature in Anglo-Saxon.
Andrew Trigger

A wonderful example of cathedral architecture in a historic setting. A 'fortress against the Scots' too and an emblem of the time when the north-east of England was ruled by its own Prince Bishop. It also has World Heritage status of course.
Les Jeary

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I think the National Gallery is part of the heritage of England