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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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  • Palace Green in the shadow of the awe inspiring Durham Cathedral is a gateway to many fascinating things to see and do. The Palace Green Library hosts numerous interesting exhibitions and is well wort...  more »
  • What a beautiful area this is. It lies between the cathedral and the castle. There are benches where you can sit and watch the world go by or take in the wonderful historic buildings.  more »
  • Palace Green lies between the Cathedral and the Palace, once the Bishop's palace. It is fringed by many beautiful buildings, some belonging to the University. Many events are held here, including Lumi...  more »