The area of Durham has been inhabited since 2000 BCE and the existence of the city can be dated back to 995 AD. The city has seen a lot of changes since then and is a truly wonderful place to visit. There are some very interesting sites in the city.
The Durham Castle is a part of a World Heritage Site and is also reffered to as the Norman Castle. The building has been occupied since 1840 as the University College in Durham and is the oldest student accommodation in the world. The castle is placed on a hill standing above the River Wear and is located opposite to the Durham Cathedral; together, they form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Treasures of Saint Cuthbert, inside the secluded buildings of Durham Cathedral, has several artifacts. The Botanical Gardens offer an amazing sight for visitors. The Kingsgate Bridge is a wonderful structure that should be visited. The Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery is a small museum that displays historical artifacts in chronological order.
Durham has a wonderful market at the base of the peninsula which hosts the Durham Indoor Market. The streets surrounding the Market Place are the main commercial center of Durham. Visitors can find some great deals on clothes, books and jewelry.
The city has two masaajid, the Kepier Masjid and the Durham University Islamic Society. Visitors can find a few Halal restaurants and takeaways in the city, especially those who serve South Asian cuisine.
The city is quite compact and most of the main sights are accessible on foot. Taking a taxi is a preferable choice of transport in the city, however, visitors should keep in mind that the city center can get crowded during peak hours.