Durham / Tees Valley
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Durham is a city that respects and honours its past, this becomes increasingly obvious the more time you spend here. Birthplace of Captain Cook, it doesnít come as a surprise that there is a nautical theme that continues to exist throughout the region.
With two UNESCO World Heritage sites in the North East of England, the castle and cathedral at Durham and the roman Hadrianís Wall Durham is an excellent holiday destination for history fans as well as ramblers. The rugged beauty of the North East is matched by the rich heritage of the area with many attractions to discover.
Durhamís history can be traced back over a thousand years as Durhamís castle and cathedral testify. Today protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the castle and cathedral offer visitors from miles around one of the most breathtaking views you will ever encounter.
A dominant participant in the Industrial Age because of its coal reserves, many of Durhamís locals worked in mines situated in many of the villages in the area. When the regionís heavy industry enabled by the coal reserves (including the worldís first passenger railway at the beginning of the 19th century), the communities were hit badly by the regionís sudden lack of employment and prosperity.
Built to divide the Scottish Picts from the Britons, Hadrianís Wall came about in 122AD built by the roman emperor Hadrian. Stretching for about 73 miles when it was originally built it was between thirteen and fifteen feet tall. Locally situated Hadrianís Wall continues throughout the centuries to attract hikers and roman artefact enthusiasts alike as visitors on a daily basis attempt to traverse the full length of the wall. The roman garrison town can still be seen today at Corbridge a mere 35 miles from the airport.
If you enjoy a spot of shopping there is a unique Victorian market to persuade you to part with your hard earned coinage. To boot, a pedestrianized high street is on offer here so you donít have to waste time crossing busy roads and breathing in lots of unpleasant pollution. The old market place is cobbled which makes wheelchair use more of a white knuckle ride but enjoyable all the same. The days of a set of department stores in a high street are out of fashion it would seem. The common theme for the avid shopper is a wide array of shops and cafes. There is plenty of street entertainment to keep things fun (even when your heels are killing you and you have spent all your money) its not just the ladies who enjoy shopping these days! Durham is a really good place to head to for the big sales or for a concentrated effort at the Christmas shopping lists!
The best thing about Durham is the atmosphere. The hardships of people in the North East as well as those mining years are held in fond memory. From time to time the colliery bands set up in the town centre attracting fond memories and pride of yesteryear by the local ex-miners who pass by.
The Durham Millennium Project has transformed the city in recent years. On a scale that is community based, a gala theatre, a visitorsí centre and concert venue will serve to bring people together and bring the arts to the North-East. Continental styled piazzas have been introduced around the popular areas of the city to allow people to take their time and enjoy their own rather special city. The concert hall will ensure Durham falls in line with other major cities for conferences and trade fairs bringing additional commerce to the region. To top it all, the riverside park provides a simple but colourful refuge to the mad bargain hunting crowds by the shops.
Every year, the historic city stages the Durham Regatta. Its an event thatís grown in stature and popularity and in line with the historic theme of Durham, the regatta here is actually the second oldest regatta in the country, running full steam ahead since 1834.
Durham is an excellent touring base for popular attraction visiting outside of the city centre. The Beamish Open Air Museum takes you on a trip back in time of how people lived a hundred years ago and in addition, the family will love Metroland, the theme park and shopping centre all under one roof.
The Tees Valley is located on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. The Moors are a magnet to outdoor pursuits enthusiasts whether cyclists, hikers or rock climbers.
Nearby is the traditional seaside resort of Whitby known for being the home of explorer Captain Cook. While here you will enjoy the stunning 12th century Whitby Abbey ruins.
On the doorstep of Durham is of course the sprawling metropolis of Newcastle. Considered now to rival Barcelona as the party capital of Europe, Newcastle has the best nightlife. Whether a great night out for you involves drinking, eating, comedy or dancing to the small hours, Newcastle city can cater for the most demanding partygoer!
While in the area of Durham why not enjoy a trip out to Saltburn-by-the Sea? A traditional seaside resort with an outstanding shoreline, Saltburn offers a memorable trip along its Victorian Pier.
Durham / Tees Valley Airport
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is 10 kilometres east of Darlington and is accessible by the A67. Accessibility to the airport is very good with the A19, A66 and A1(M) nearby.
The Airport has its own railway station with excellent services to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle as well as connections to London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Nearby stations of Stockton and Thornaby offer services to Manchester Airport as well as Manchester Piccadilly, Middlesbrough and Newcastle.
There are regular Arriva
bus services running between Durham Tees Valley Airport and Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough and Yarm.
coaches stop in Darlington, Durham, Stockton-on-Tees and Middlesbrough and connect to Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes and London (Marble Arch) stops.