With a population
of just over 40,000 people, Durham is a small city in the district
of County Durham. Located 13 miles south of Sunderland, Durham is
situated on the River Wear that creates a peninsular around the
north of the city.
Perhaps the most famous landmark in the city is Durham Cathedral.
This Normal cathedral that can be seen on the skyline from many
parts of the city and was formed in 1093.
The cathedral is now a World Heritage Site and is regarded as one of
the best examples of Normal cathedrals in Europe.
At the base of the peninsula is the Durham market square. Regular
outdoor and indoor markets are still held in this area and the
location makes up the main shopping area of the city.
In addition to Durham Cathedral, the city has many other landmarks
and amenities. The city has over 630 listed buildings including
Crook Hall, Chorister School, Kepier Hospital, Kingsgate Bridge, St
John's College and the Town Hall.
Durham University is often believed to be the third oldest
university in England (after Cambridge and Oxford) and has currently
has over 17,000 students.
The university has the notable accolade of being awarded the
prestigious prize of Sunday Times University of the Year in 2005.
Durham's compact city offers many landmarks and facilities including
several superb shops and restaurants. A great deal of the shopping
are of Durham is pedestrianised and closed off to traffic.
Transport to Durham is mainly by road and rail. The A1 goes through
the east of the city and is easily accessible. By rail, the East
Coast Main Line from London to Edinburgh travels through Durham over
a Victorian viaduct and stops at Durham Railway Station.
The nearest airports to Durham are Durham Tees Valley Airport to the
south of the city and Newcastle Airport to the north.
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