I’m really proud to say I live in Durham. It’s a beautiful city steeped in history, and attracts tourists from all over the globe. As well as being home to the iconic Durham Cathedral and the World Heritage site of Durham Castle, there are lots of buildings steeped in history belonging to Durham University. Most of them can be reached by walking the cobbled streets and soaking up the atmosphere of a city filled with youth but surrounded by history.
It’s only a few miles from the beautifully dramatic North East coastline, and being surrounded by breathtaking countryside, it’s increasing popularity with tourists has seen new hotels built to cope with the extra demand. Durham is also on the main London to Edinburgh main railway line and Durham Station has just recently undergone huge renovation to welcome arrivals to the city. The view walking down from the station overlooking the Cathedral and Castle are breathtaking, with the sun slowly setting behind them.
Amongst some of the popular events is Durham Lumiere, which attracts thousands of visitors while it transforms the city of Durham into a city-wide celebration of light. The light creations and larger installations are created by artists from all over and become a huge attraction for photographers to capitalise on the amazing sights.
Durham Regatta is regarded as Henley of the North and has been run for 180 years. It’s a hugely popular day out for both the public and students and is set against beautiful scenery along the river Wear. There are excellent views of the races from start to finish. All year round, you can see rowers training, whatever the weather!
Durham County Cricket Club although based at nearby Chester le Street at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, is a great success story, having just recently won the County Championship. This was the third time after previously winning for the first time in 2008 and retaining it in 2009. This is no mean feat for a side just granted first-class status in 1991. The ground has continued to grow and hosted its first test match for England against Zimbabwe in 2003. It has also just recently hosted its first Ashes match against Australia, where the atmosphere was fitting for a successful series win.
Durham City’s Traditional Christmas Market is held each year with a Craft and Gift Marquee on the Palace Green hosting over 190 stalls over the three-day event. There are smaller stalls for local food producers along the cloisters of the Cathedral. It’s a wonderful atmosphere in the build up to Christmas. One of the best parts of living in Durham is the access to the other North East city’s and towns such as Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Darlington, which are all within a half hour drive. There are many reasons to visit Durham, so what are you waiting for?