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Palace Green, Durham

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Palace Green is an area of grass in the centre of Durham, England, flanked by Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. The Cathedral and Castle together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Although initially not part of the site itself, Palace Green was added to the UNESCO site in 2008.It is situated on top of the narrow, high peninsula formed by a sharp bend in the River Wear. The Cathedral is on the southern side, facing the Castle across the Green on the north side. To the east are Durham University buildings including the law, theology, classics and history departments, with the music department and the university's special collections library to the west.From the north and east Palace Green is accessed by two cobbled streets called Owengate (formerly Queen Street) and Dun Cow Lane, the latter taking its name from a local legend involving a milkmaid and her cow. From the west a passageway, 'Windy Gap', leads down to the banks of the River Wear between two buildings which are now part of the university Music School. Early in the twentieth century one of the buildings had been the home of the novelist J. Meade Falkner, author of Moonfleet.In summer, Palace Green is sometimes used by students of Durham University as a croquet lawn on permission from the groundsman of University College Durham.
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  • August 18, 2017
    When you leave the castle or cathedral take awhile to admire the buildings and stop for a photo shoot at the very clever designed garden  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    A beautiful green surrounded by historic buildings on all sides. In good weather, it offers a perfect spot to relax and soak in some sun.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    What can be better, than standing on the Green with views of all the historic buildings? The Cathedral, Library, Castle and more. Public loos can be found on one side (not many in Durham and good to k...  more »

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