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Newcastle - Durham City (half day)

Enjoy a visit to one of the UK’s 15 World Heritage Sites on this half-day tour today. Depart from the pier and begin with a drive by to the university city of Durham, one of the jewels of northern England.

Upon arrival in Durham enjoy a guided walk through this historic city to bring Durham’s stories to life, ending with a short, uphill climb to the cathedral and castle. Durham Castle, along with the Cathedral and other buildings around Palace Green, form one of the most striking groups of historic architecture in Europe. For this reason the Castle and Cathedral were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.

Built in the late 11th and early 12th centuries to house the tombs of two of the most famous names from early Christianity: St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede, Durham Cathedral is the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England. More recently the cloisters were used during the filming of the Harry Potter films.

Following your guided tour of the cathedral, visit Durham Castle, an ancient Norman fortress which was the residence of the prince-bishops of Durham.

Founded soon after the Norman Conquest, the Castle has been rebuilt, extended and adapted to changing circumstances and uses over a period of 900 years: from being a key fortress in the defence of the border with Scotland, it was gradually transformed in more peaceful times into an imposing and comfortable palace for the Bishops of Durham; and since 1837, soon after the foundation of the University of Durham, it has served as a residential college for many generations of students and dons.

Enjoy a guided tour of the Castle before rejoining your coach for the return journey to your ship.

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Tours in Newcastle

Alnwick Castle & Gardens
Newcastle City Tour
Bamburgh Castle & Holy Island
Hadrian’s Wall
Durham City

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