Durham City offers a number one day out for school groups

Date Posted: 11/07/2013

Durham Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been named the UK’s number one landmark in this year’s TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Located in the heart of Durham City, the landmark offers fascinating things to see, and marks the burial place of the famous northern saint, Saint Cuthbert, in whose honour the Lindisfarne Gospels were written.

A school visit can include a trip to see the Gospels which are on display with other treasures in a one-off exhibition at the nearby Palace Green Library running until 30th September.

Castles, museums and countryside

Durham Castle stands side by side with the cathedral, overlooking the city’s narrow streets and the wooded slopes of the meandering river Wear. Other nearby historic landmarks include Raby Castle and Auckland Castle

School groups can also combine a trip to Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site with a visit to the Bowes Museum, a 19th century French-style chateau, which boasts 22-acres of parkland, including formal gardens and a woodland walk.

The Durham Dales and Vale of Durham are dotted with market towns and villages, while the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to moorland and forest.

For advice on planning a school trip, teachers should visit the official tourist board website below.

For further school trip information visit www.thisisdurham.com/heritage.

School Travel Organiser's Guide