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Durham, which is the county town of County Durham in North East England, is a captivating city, which lies on the River Wear. The city is home to the dramatic Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Independent named it as one of the best cities in the world to visit in 2020, and Condé Nast’s Traveller magazine readers voted it the ‘Best city in the UK’. Durham is a pleasure to explore and one of the finest cultural and historic destinations in the UK.

Durham Cathedral is one of Europe’s finest Romanesque cathedrals, perching high on the wooded peninsula of Durham City overlooking the River Wear. It is renowned for being the final resting place of Saint Cuthbert and Saint Bede the Venerable

Durham castle is a Norman castle, originally built in the 11th-century. It has been occupied since 1832 by Durham University after its previous role as the residence of the Bishops of Durham. The facility is open to the general public to visit, but only through guided tours, since it is in use as a working building and home to over 100 students. The castle stands on top of a hill above the River Wear on Durham’s peninsula, opposite Durham Cathedral.


Prince Bishops Place is proud to be part of the Durham BID; the business improvement district for the City. During the course of the year, Durham BID delivers around 50 events. They also provide support to businesses, providing access to information and financial support where available.


This is Durham is the official tourism website for the City. Get inspired and find great ideas for your visit to Durham by visiting their site.