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The Cathedral City of Durham is an intriguing and historic small city, built in an imposing location on a high peninsula of the River Wear. Founded around 1000 AD by an order of Lindisfarne monks, attractions here include one of the world's finest cathedrals. The city has about 45,000 inhabitants.
Durham, like the rest of England, has martime climate with cool summers and mild winters. Summers last from June to August when daytime temperatures average between 18 and 20 °C while night are mostly around 10 °C. Winters from December to February see highs of 6-7 °C and nights slightly above zero. Rainfall averages around 650mm a year, with most of the rain falling between August and December, though the rest of the year is marginally drier.
The closest airport is Durham Tees Valley Airport (MME), offering direct flights to Aberdeen, Amsterdam, London (Heathrow) and Dublin, as well as a number of airports in Spain. Newcastle International Airport (NCL) is also within a reasonable distance.
Durham is a short distance from the A1 motorway.
National Express coach services travel direct from various destinations across the UK.
Most locations are served by local buses.
The city is compact enough to explore on foot with attractive paths and walkways including the footpath beside the River Wear.
Durham is a cycle-friendly city, though it is fairly hilly, so either a high level of fitness or a selection of gears would be required.
Choices include The Almshouses, in an old building near the cathedral, and The Pumphouse another restaurant serving English/European dishes. There are several affordable and good quality Indian restaurants in the centre of town.
There are plenty of traditional English pubs to choose from including the popular Dun Cow.
The official YHA Durham City is located in the historic Chad's College building, very close to the Cathedral.
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There are a number of cafes with wi-fi hotspots.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. An alternative includes TNT Post.
It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
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