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Durham

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Things to do: religious sites, outdoors, parks
Durham is a historic city and the county town of County Durham in North East England. The city sits on the River Wear, to the west of Sunderland, south of Newcastle upon Tyne and to the north of Darlington. Durham is well known for its Norman cathedral and 11th-century castle, both designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The castle has been the home of Durham University since 1832. HM Prison Durham is also located close to the city centre.
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Whether you are on a short break or a long vacation, Durham offers accommodations to suit every taste and budget, including comfortable cottages, friendly B&Bs, and luxurious country retreats. For serious rest and relaxation, head to one of Durham's many spa hotels. The countryside surrounding the city is packed with romantic spa retreats, but if an urban break is what you're looking for, go no farther than the historical town center. Hotels in this area offer numerous leisure facilities and entertainment options, minutes away from Durham's iconic cathedral and castle.
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