In the north east of England you will find the city of Durham with its famous 1000 year old cathedral and equally old castle. People have been living in the Durham area for at least 2000 years, but the settlement here really got its formal start around 995. Throughout medieval times, the city was an important defensive fortress, protecting the English from the Scots. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, the residents of Durham made their fortunes mining the abundant nearby coal fields. The mining remained a key part of the local economy right up until recent years. Even though the coal mining has fallen away, the area remains proud of its heritage, and it really adds to the local charm.
Durham is renowned for its castles and the Norman Cathedral. It has a large student population with the Durham University. The central part of Durham has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 600 listed monuments. Durham hotels offer you good value when you book online. You can take advantage of limited money-saving offers on Durham hotels and attractions. Historic Durham is a perfect cultural vacation spot which boasts of miles of natural attraction. You can enjoy the exceptional collection of galleries and museums when you are visiting Durham. The Botanical Gardens are really beautiful and peaceful, and a perfect place to unwind after a long day. One of the more unique things you can do in Durham is found at a place called Diggerland. Here you can let loose your inner child as you play on the diggers and tractors and other machinery. It's all good fun for young and old.
Durham offers an ideal location for cycling, walking, riding as well as exploring the quaint towns and villages around it. Tourism is an important economic activity in the region. You can also enjoy fishing, sailing, water-skiing and canoeing. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life, you can check into a Durham hotel and disappear into the calm countryside. You will find several hotels in Durham according to your requirements and specification. Travel to Durham is best done by train, but you can fly in to the nearby Newcastle Airport, or the Durham Tees Valley Airport. Both airports are well connected to cities across Europe. Trains run regularly through Durham, departing from London Kings Cross, York, and even Edinburgh. If you like to drive and see a little of the countryside, you can take the A1 straight to Durham, There are several Park & Rides with excellent bus connections that you can use. The city centre is quite small and perfect for exploring on foot. Keep in mind that if you are driving, there is a congestion fee for driving into the city centre.