The Fascinating History of Medieval Castles: From Emergence to; DHWTY; Ancient Origins

Medieval castles are one of the most iconic buildings of the Middle Ages, especially in Western Europe. During this period, the castle served generally as the residence of a king, or the lord of the…

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Enjoy the very best of culture in County Durham; Baldwin Ho; LLM

Culture tourism has grown considerably in the past decade and a prime example of why investing in culture in these times of austerity is the key to success can…

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New Year brings 2020 vision for cathedral; Bruce Unwin; Northern Echo

THE onset of 2020 is being heralded as a key year for one of the North-East’s best-loved and oldest buildings.

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Where to go on holiday in November: Best holidays around the world to book now; Harriet Mallinson; Daily Express

NOVEMBER see many Britons begin dreaming of getting away from it all and making the most of the pre-festive season lower prices. So where should you go? Holiday website has revealed its top destinations for the month.

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Travel: County Durham in the autumn? It’s night and day; Bill Gibb; Sunday Post

With the clocks going back next ­weekend, there’s no escaping it – winter is ­definitely on the way.

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Buy a classic Guardian photograph: Durham Cathedral, 1979; Guardian


Our weekly series of exclusive Guardian print sales is a photograph of Durham Cathedral and the Old Fulling Mill on the River Wear, shot by Denis Thorpe…

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Cathedral to auction off ancient stones from renovations; Emma Lucia Felisi; Palatinate

Durham Cathedral will host a first-of-its-kind event, as 60 of the stones that were removed from the top of the UNESCO World Heritage site’s central tower go up for auction. Removed over the last three years, some of the stones originate from the Victorian period where renovation work was last carried…

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The white sock is off Durham Cathedral’s central tower after three years – be the first to climb it; Chris Lloyd; Northern Echo

AFTER three years looking as if it had had a white sock pulled over the top of it, Durham Cathedral’s central tower will reopen to the public at…

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Plans made to triple size of Durham’s World Heritage Site; Rachel Conner-Hill; The Northern Echo

PLANS are being made to extend Durham’s famous world heritage site beyond its Norman castle and cathedral.

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Durham City; Durham University

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Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral is cherished for magnificent Romanesque architecture, the shrine of St Cuthbert and the tomb of the Venerable Bede.

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Newcastle cruise port guide; David Atkinson; Telegraph

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Famous Hogwarts cathedral raises its profile in China; Bo Leung; China Daily

Representatives from Northeast England’s Durham Cathedral will head to China in November in a bid to attract more Chinese tourists to the almost 1,000-year-old site.

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Durham Cathedral – Top 10 reasons to love the city landmark (as if you needed them); Barbara Hodgson; Chronicle Live

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As Durham Cathedral wins more national recognition, here’s why it’s such a firm favourite on its home patch

Our world famous Durham Cathedral is basking in more glory with its newly-awarded title of North East building of the year and yet another possible award in the offing.

The near 1,000-year-old local landmark is a huge local favourite, of course, but it’s becoming just as loved by international visitors who see it as one of the world’s best – and the annual 700,000-plus people who pass through its doors each year can’t be wrong.

The Royal Institute of British Architects has just paid the latest tribute, in naming it our building of the year, but the cathedral’s ongoing conservation work has also resulted in a Regional Award and Conservation Award, which ensures it is now short-listed for the national RIBA award.

So what do we love most about our Unesco World Heritage Site cathedral?

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10 Reasons To Honeymoon In Durham; Female First

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Delicious food, a great atmosphere and candlelight is the perfect recipe for romance.

Love is in the air all year round in Durham with its stunning scenery, buildings that take your breath away and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Ranked as the second most romantic city in the UK by, here are our top 10 reasons you should honeymoon in Durham:

Durham’s dramatic landscapes – if you’re looking to combine a rural country break to the Durham Dales, with the cosmos of Durham city and its dramatic coastal landscapes, Durham is the perfect choice.

Explore Durham Cathedral, Durham’s iconic landmarks – Durham Cathedral & Castle was recently named the UK’s top attraction by TripAdvisor users, and Durham Castle. The two Romanesque buildings were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, and in 2016 celebrated its 30-year anniversary as a World Heritage Site.

Our award-winning spas – Durham is home to a number of spas, guaranteed to relax and rejuvenate. These include Seaham Hall’s award-winning Serenity Spa, which was declared Best Spa in the North East at the annual Good Spa Guide Awards.

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Dean of Durham: ‘A busy and fulfilling year’; Tony Kearney; The Northern Echo

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In his Christmas message, The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, calls on us all to remember the original Christmas message of Jesus as the light of the world.

2017 has been a busy, fulfilling year at Durham Cathedral with Christmas and the advent of the New Year offering an opportunity for reflection.

The year has seen the Cathedral continue to develop the many ways it engages with people whether attending the Cathedral for worship or as a visitor, or through outreach and engagement in the community.

We have had a huge range of imaginative special services complimenting the core pattern of worship at the Cathedral, welcoming many community organisations to their Cathedral.

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15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in the United Kingdom; Gilly Pickup; Canadian Traveller

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You might think you know the United Kingdom, but do you know about these unique experiences?

The language is English, though granted, it can be hard to understand some regional accents; London’s Buckingham Palace is home to the Queen and one of the most famous dishes is fish and chips. So far, so British. This is also the land that has produced some of the world’s best poets and playwrights – think Wordsworth and Shakespeare – and is famous for books and films like Harry Potter. And amid some of the world’s most recognised UNESCO sites, is a landscape knee deep in ancient history, legends and myths.

So without more ado, here are 15 things to see and do, some you may not have heard of, other names you will recognise, but one thing they have in common is that they are all worth experiencing.

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6 Gorgeous U.K. Wedding Venues from Film and Television; John Bell; Just Luxe

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The U.K. is one of the most historically rich destinations in the world, from the castles of Scotland to the iconic country estates dotted around the English countryside, each with their own fascinating story to tell and plethora of famous ex-residents. So varied and culturally significant are these buildings that visitors from all over the globe frequently visit the UK simply to tour some of these stunning locations, from commercial ventures like Warwick Castle through to tourist hotspots like the Tower Of London.

Commonly, some of the most popular destinations are those that make regular appearances in film and television, particularly in popular series such as Harry Potter or Downton Abbey. But did you know that you can actually get married in many of them? Fancy getting hitched in the castle from Downton Abbey?

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Cathedral awarded £1m for repairs; Alex Williams; Premier

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Durham Cathedral is being awarded £1 million of National Lottery funding for a multi-million pound conversation and repair programme.

Bosses say the latest contribution to the Foundation 2020 initiative will help ensure future generations can enjoy the Romanesque landmark.

The Very Rev Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, said: “Sharing our faith and heritage with the world is a fundamental part of the Cathedral’s vision.

“Conservation and repair of this wonderful building is crucial to this vision. We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for its continued support of Durham Cathedral.”

Foundation 2020 hopes to raise £10m by 2020. The Cathedral has already invested £3.7 million into the fund.

The new grant is coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which is supported by players of the National Lottery.

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