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Places to Go in Durham The historic city of Durham is packed to bursting with fascinating attractions, buildings and gardens that could make your trip here one to remember.

Perhaps the most impressive example of Norman architecture in the world is Durham Cathedral [map]. Even if you don’t see anything else during your visit, you should make sure you see this.

Next door to the cathedral you’ll find Durham Castle [map], which dates back to 1072 and has a Norman Chapel, Great Hall and a 57ft high Black Staircase.

Other important buildings worth seeing here include the Guildhall, which was built in 1356, the Town Hall, which is modelled on London’s Westminster Hall, and Crook Hall, a 14th century manor house with four acres of fine gardens.

Keen gardeners will also love the Durham University Botanic Gardens [map], an 18-acre site set in mature woodland, as well as the Houghall Gardens [map], which has the National Collection of Whitebeams.

Wharton Park [map] in the city centre has impressive views of Durham’s countryside along with great floral displays and a children’s play area.

Away from the city centre there are plenty more attractions including the Bowes Museum [map] near Barnard Castle, Raby Castle [map], which boasts the Barons' Hall, where 700 knights gathered to plot the Rising of the North, and the famous Beamish Open Air Museum [map], where 19th and 20th century life is reconstructed in a working museum.

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