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Durham Walking Tour and Tales of Crime and Punishment

1. Durham Walking Tour and Tales of Crime and Punishment

Explore Durham and find out about its history around crime and punishment on a guided walking tour. Be captivated by the stunning Durham Cathedral, wander through winding cobbled streets, and get to know Old Elvet Quarter. Meet your guide in the heart of the city at Durham Market Place. Your tour takes you through charming roads to Durham's cultural and historical attractions. Visit the enchanting Durham Cathedral (exterior), a spectacular example of Romanesque architecture in the country. Walk past Durham Castle, now home to England's third oldest university. Walk along the River Wear and take in amazing views of the cathedral.

Durham: Local Legends & Cathedral Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Durham: Local Legends & Cathedral Self-Guided Audio Tour

This self-guided walking tour takes you on a journey through time to explore the dramatic peninsula of Durham city. You’ll make your way from the bustling heart of the city, along tranquil riverside footpaths and medieval bridges, to the world-famous Durham Cathedral. You’ll see some of the most spectacular vantage points around, and hear tales of St. Cuthbert and his miraculous journey to the city roughly 300 years after his death! Along the way, you’ll encounter the legendary kings and ferocious rivalries that have shaped Durham since Anglo-Saxon times. From wealthy and eccentric Prince Bishops to humble locals, you’ll meet the people who have made the city what it is today. Allow an hour for the tour without any additional stops but you can pause the tour whenever you want for refreshments enroute. You'll need to download the tour onto the VoiceMap app which uses your location to move the story along at the right time and place. The tour can also be enjoyed virtually at home.

Durham: Cathedral and Auckland Castle Entry with Guided Tour

3. Durham: Cathedral and Auckland Castle Entry with Guided Tour

The Prince Bishops of Durham were incredibly powerful lords and religious leaders in the North of England during the Middle Ages. They wielded the power of both secular lords and medieval bishops – being able to rival monarchs at points in their power. It often joked during the Middle Ages that there were two kings in England – one sat in London wearing a crown while the other sat in Durham wearing a mitre. During this tour, we will explore the UNESCO world heritage site, Durham Cathedral. From there we will have lunch before proceeding to Auckland Castle – now famous for the internationally acclaimed Auckland Project. Here you will explore Auckland Castle and the Faith Museum, telling the story of Christianity in the British Isles.

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What people are saying about Durham Cathedral

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based on 6 reviews

An excellent tour around Durham city . The history is fascinating. The tour guide Amanda could not have been better . She has a wealth of knowledge .

Loved the quality of the audio. The technology and gps tracking works really well. Enjoyed the audio tour a lot.

Good tour, but you have to make sure you stop it, if you pause for too long, otherwise great.

Very informative guide Amanda. Fun way to learn about the history of Durham.

Great Tour with a beautiful path to cover key sites in Durham.