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Durham from Bede to Bishop

02 October 2021

3 days from £750pp

Gain an in-depth insight into the historical city of Durham, discovering the area’s best religious architecture alongside Dr Sally Dormer. Indulge in a thorough study of Durham Cathedral, visit St Paul’s Monastery and enjoy a guided tour of Durham Castle.
  • Take part in an intimate exploration of Durham Cathedral, England’s finest Romanesque building
  • Explore the atmospheric remains of St Pauls Monastery at Jarrow and Finchale Priory
  • Enjoy a private lunch in the Prior’s Hall at Durham cathedral
  • Discover Durham Castle on a special guided visit
Described by Sir Walter Scott as “half church of God, half castle ’against the Scot” Durham Cathedral is perched upon a rocky promontory surrounded by a meander of the River Wear. It is justly viewed by many as the finest, and most precocious, example of English Romanesque architecture. By 1093 when the present building was founded, the area already possessed an illustrious past. In the 7th and 8th centuries, Northumbria was one of the most powerful kingdoms in the British Isles, and home to a number of monasteries that were beacons of culture and learning. One of the kingdom’s most famous sons, the Venerable Bede, was a monk at the twin monasteries of Monkwearmouth and Jarrow. His most famous work, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, earned him the title ‘The Father of English History’. Our visits to churches in the vicinity of Durham chart the development of religious architecture from the Anglo-Saxon church at Escomb to the serene simplicity of the Romanesque at Pittington, as well as offering the chance to look at wall paintings, sculpture and coloured glass windows. Finchale Priory was built on the site of the hermitage of St Godric, a retired sailor and merchant, who settled here after a life of adventure and travel, was an outpost of Durham Cathedral and functioned as a holiday retreat for the monks until its suppression in 1538. The final day of our tour is devoted to a thorough exploration of Durham Cathedral, where St Cuthbert’s shrine space survives as well as Bede’s tomb in Bishop Hugh de Puiset’s Galilee Chapel; and the excellent Treasury Museum.

Your Accommodation

Marriott Royal County Hotel, Durham

Located in the historic centre of Durham, the Marriot Royal County hotel is situated in a building dating back to the 17th century. This comfortable hotel has a lounge bar, a restaurant with terrace, a fitness centre, indoor pool and sauna. 
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Tea and coffee making facilities 
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Iron