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Durham is a historic city characterised by winding cobbled streets and a picturesque riverside setting. There’s plenty to explore here, including a variety of cafes, artisan workshops, boutiques, art galleries and museums.

The present city can be traced back to AD 955, when a group of travelling monks decided that this spot was the proper place to bury the body of Saint Cuthbert. According to the local story, The Legend of the Dun Cow, it was divine intervention – namely a young girl with a cow – that led the monks here.

The city’s most notable landmarks are the impressive 11th century Durham Cathedral, built in honour of St Cuthbert, now one of the most intact Romanesque churches in England. Along with the adjacent Durham Castle (now part of Durham University) this part of the city centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

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