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The small city of Durham has a gorgeous centre, dominated by its large Norman cathedral, considered one of the most beautiful in Britain.

Durham Castle is another impressive site. Originally built in the eleventh century, it was continually expanded and enhanced by successive Prince Bishops, who used the castle as a home until the mid-nineteenth century. It now forms part of the university and some of it is used as a university hall of residence, but parts are also open to the public.

The compact town centre is a warren of narrow, cobbled streets that lead out onto pretty bridges spanning the River Wear.

Image © VisitBritain / Rod Edwards