Hotels in Durham and Durham in a nutshell
Durham is situated in North West England; it is a beautiful and sometimes quaint city. The whole of Durham is a designated conservation area; so many listed buildings proliferate here that walking through the city is a real treat for lovers of architecture and history. Hotels in Durham are a fabulous way to get to know this friendly and fascinating place. Durham is famous for its university and also its stunning Norman cathedral. Many other interesting buildings are dotted around the city and some of them are detailed below. Staying in hotels in Durham will put any visitor in a great position to learn more about this wonderful city.
Hotels in Durham and notable buildings
- The Chorister School: This ancient school first opened its doors in 1416 in order to provide a school for the boys who worked as choristers for Durham Cathedral. It is still a school for choristers today and noted ex pupils include Rowan Atkinson and Tony Blair.
- Elvet Bridge: This very attractive medieval stone bridge was built to span the River Wear and to link the Peninsula in main Durham to the Elvet area. The bridge has ten arches and it is thought by some that four more are hidden beneath the streets on one or the other of the sides. The bridge is very beautiful and some buildings are incorporated into its body which is part of the reason it has been granted grade 1 listed status. Staying in hotels in Durham will allow visitors to discover some of the beauty of this are for themselves.
- Kepier Hospital: The Kepier Hospital at Gilesgate, Durham was founded as an Almshouse for the care of the poor in 1112. It was dedicated to the patron Saint of beggars and the afflicted St Giles. The original hospital chapel is now St Giles church and previously there were a number of wattle and daub buildings which formed the almshouses. These have long since gone but an original mansion house once part of the hospital still survives in ruins.
Shopping in Durham
Staying in hotels in Durham will put any visitor in the centre of a great shopping experience. Durham is riddled with fabulous high street shops as well as many independent boutiques and stores. The indoor market is a charming and olde worlde place to visit and the Durham Dales has a great array of craft and pottery shops. Hotels in Durham make a great base for some serious retail therapy no matter what your style is. Durham is a jewel in the crown of the North East and this surprising city has much to offer in the way of great entertainment and culture. In addition to some fabulous shops, there are also many wonderful café’s and restaurants with very varied menus. Travel in and around Durham is simple and pubic transport is excellent making this an easy city to get to and get around. Don’t delay but visit Durham as soon as possible…you will wonder why you left it so long!