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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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  • The palace green is the perfect spot to sit and take in the view of the Catherdral and castle. There is also a cafe.  more »
  • The lawns are well maintained. Surrounded by the Cathedral and Caslle and other historical buildings. Film contractors lorries spoiled the experience and the views of the Cathedral.  more »
  • Tends to be very busy as people mass around getting into and out of the cathedral. Durham has a congestion charge in the centre, but there were still too many vehicles around what needs to be a pedest...  more »

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