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Three reasons you should visit Durham
by Nico McKenzie
Durham is one of the most visited of England's many beautiful cities and boasts plenty of fun things to do. To learn more about why this is one of the best places to visit, be sure to read our list of a few of the top attractions and things to do in Durham.
1. Take a Guided Tour of Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral – or, to give it its full title, The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin, and St. Cuthbert of Durham – is famous for its beautiful British Romanesque-style architecture. Whether approached from the narrow streets of the Old City across Palace Green or from the banks of the River Wear over Prebends Bridge, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is truly awe-inspiring.
2. Durham Castle
Built as a fortress by the Earl of Northumberland in 1072, Durham Castle – also part of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site – was presented by William the Conqueror to the city's prince-bishops. The castle is also home to University College, the founding college of Durham University.
3. Durham University Botanic Garden
Occupying a 25-acre site just south of Durham City, Durham University Botanic Garden is well worth a visit. In addition to its many year-round programs and events, highlights include numerous plant collections from around the world, including China and South Africa. There's also a lovely woodland garden, an alpine garden, and a bamboo grove to explore.