Unveil nine centuries’ worth of history during a visit to Durham Cathedral. Like Hadrian’s Wall and The Angel Of The North, this is one of north-east England’s most famous icons. Building began in 1093 and was completed within a whirlwind 40 years. Today, it’s the only cathedral in England to have held on to all of its Norman craftsmanship. You’ll be shown around the building by the cathedral’s guides. They’ll tell you about the shrine of St Cuthbert, which was the reason the cathedral was built, and they’ll explain about the Benadictine monastic community that once called this place home. Once the tour is over, we’ll take you on the scenic route back to Newcastle so you can catch a glimpse of Durham Castle. The fort was built in 1072, and is one of the largest Norman castles in the country. Adult price from £38.
This trip is Newcastle in a nutshell. We’ll take you to some of the city’s most famous sights, including the sandstone streets of Grainger Town, where 244 of the 450 buildings are listed. You’ll also pass St Nicholas Cathedral, which is one of the smallest cathedrals in Britain. And we’ll take you to Grey’s Monument, a sculpture built to commemorate Charles Earl Grey, a tireless anti-slavery campaigner. The actual figure on top was created by the same artist who sculpted the image of Nelson on the top of Nelson’s Column. Last but not least, you’ll head out of the city centre to see The Angel of the North, a huge steel statue designed by artist Antony Gormley. The vital statistics of this artwork are pretty impressive – it’s 66 feet tall, 177 feet wide, and it weighs more than 200 tonnes. The structure was erected in 1998 and it took one million pounds to bring it to life. Adult price from £24.
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