Revisiting Durham

A couple of weeks ago, Hayley and I were in County Durham for our friends’ wedding. After the wedding, a couple of our friends took the opportunity to visit Durham, where we all spent 4 years there to study for our university degree.

It was really nice to revisit this historical city after 7 years since graduation. It was particularly special to both Hayley and myself since Durham was where we met. It was really nice to go back and strolled along the river to retrace our steps.

Durham Riverside at its glory. We love strolling along the riverside towpath.


Strolling along the River Wear with the Durham Cathedral at the background. Unfortunately, we were not able to climb the Cathedral tower as it was being restored.
Artistic shot of the river by the boat house.


Palace Green and Durham Cathedral

Of course, no visit to Durham is completed without seeing the Durham Cathedral, which is a shrine for Saint Cuthbert, and the Castle across the Palace Green. In fact, the whole area around these structures listed as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites.

Both of these structures were built in the Norman time around the 11th Century for the Prince Bishop, and they became the stronghold of the north for the Prince Bishop. Nowadays, everyone can visit the cathedral and sometimes the castle. I believe the castle is only opened to the public when the university students are not around. This is because the castle is one of the university colleges and students do live in there during term times. During my student days, I even went into the bar (the dungeon) in the castle for a few drinks. I certainly think it sounds really cool.

On the day, we wandered around the Cathedral, which was really nice.

Back entrance of the Durham Cathedral. This was where we left the cathedral after the traditional matriculation service at the first week of our university life. It was a formal occasion where all the students had to wear a suit and a black gown. Yes, one those you saw in the Harry Potter film.
The Durham Cathedral cloister. This was where Harry Potter was filmed. In case you don’t know it appears as one of the corridors of the Hogwarts School
Maybe you would recognise this from the film?
The Nave of the Cathedral


How to get there:

The most convinient way to get there is by train. The city is located along the East Coast Main Line and direct train from London King’s Cross (3 hours), Newcastle (15 minutes) and Edinburg Waverley Station (2 hours) are available.


 Have you revisited a place after a significantly long period of time? Did you miss it? And how do you feel? Comment below and we love to hear from you.



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Linda Newton says:

    love your pictures again Phil. particularly by the waterside, it brings back happy memories for me driving up to Durham to take and fetch Hayley. You were both very lucky to study there,it is a lovely place. I did not know that Harry Potter was filmed in Durham cathedral, but I recognise it from the film and from being there.

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    1. yhpchung says:

      Yes, we were very lucky indeed and lots of fond memories. It was nice to revisit the place again.


  2. Tanja says:

    nice photos!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. yhpchung says:

      Thank you. Hope you enjoyed the blogpost

      Liked by 1 person

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