“Wordsworth argued that, through a life spent in nature, his character had been shaped to resist competition, envy and anxiety – and so he celebrated.”
– William Wordsworth
Last month, my mum and I went to Durham UK. You might be thinking, why in the world would these crazy people be going to somewhere in the country side?? Well, I actually got an offer from the university and was attending the Post-Offer Visit!
We looked at photos of the little town and the university and it was gorgeous! I couldn’t wait to go!
Upon arrival, we caught a cab from Newcastle International Airport all the way to Durham. As we had just gotten off a 15 hour plane ride, we figured it’d be much easier if we pre-booked a cab just in case we couldn’t get a cab! It cost us 37£ for 2 adults and 4 luggages. We booked it from here. The driver was punctual, efficient and friendly. Just what we needed.
It took us around 30 minutes to get from the airport to our hotel. We stayed at Durham Marriott Royal County. The hotel was really convenient as it was within walking distance to the market place (literally just across the road) and Durham train station (around a 15-20 minute walk). Perfect.
Durham is a really small town. You can literally walk anywhere! We finished our exploration within a day! ahaha
In terms of population, I would say it’s mainly students (18 – 25) and the elderly (55+) from observations… Durham has also been known to be very “boring” as pubs are nowhere to be seen – you’d have to catch a train into Newcastle for that. It’ll only take probably about 15 minutes from the station. In relation to eateries, Durham has lots of coffee shops, bakeries and eateries like subway, Nandos, Pret, Pizza Express etc. It didn’t have Maccas!!! There was a cafe which we went to on our first day (I can’t remember what it was called) that had comfy sofas and overlooked the river. Despite naked trees, the scenery was to die for. I can’t imagine what it’d be like in Spring or Summer! 😍
Durham is also famous for Durham Cathedral. In fact it’s one of the 7 wonders of the world AND it’s where some of the Harry Potter scenes were shot!! So obviously, being the tourist we are, we had to visit the cathedral!! Here are some pictures!
Overall, I would rate my stay at Durham a 5/5. Being in the country side and away from the hustle and bustle of the city which is what we’re all culprits of is really something all of us should take. It’s like a detox for the mind. As William Wordsworth said, nature is a natural remedy to cure the “psychological damage inflicted by life in the city.”
No-one was materialistic. Branded items were out of sight. People were friendly. Food was good. Breathtaking views. What’s more to ask?