I got to spend some time in Durham for lunch on the way to York and it wasn’t nearly enough time. The city is young and vibrant. The market is a crowded covered building that feels like something you would see at a fair with booths set up with everything you can think of. The little shops are fun with whimsical names and delicious pastries. The cathedral at the top of the hill is a donation only attraction that cost a million pounds a year to keep up because they have so much beauty to preserve.
The Durham Cathedral is definitely a sight to see. The beautiful building is not only tall but spans across the whole lawn and has a small garden in the back. The highest peak was used in one of the Avengers movies as well. The second you walk into the building you come into contact with the beautiful architecture and the stain glass windows with intricate designs. The beautiful rose window that comes into view the second you walk into the main area and the design is flooring and intricate. The other windows are all just as beautiful. I’ve never seen stain glass that looks like watercolor until I went to this cathedral and it was everything you could imagine. The colors just blend and swirl in a way I’ve only see in a painting.
This is not to be out done by the altar which has so much intricate work in it and has the rose window sitting behind and shining light on it. The walk into the podium is colored in so many colors and designs you just want to look at it for ages to make sure you didn’t miss anything. This is only the start of all the other work inside this cathedral. The wood work inside is detailed. The little touches, like the brightly colored clock on the right side of the building as you face the altar, make it so you can wander around for ages and still find new things to look at. Walking around the back of the altar is scattered with little touches of color and intricate detail that you have to see to believe. The cathedral also does services if you’re interested.
The hidden gem hidden behind the cathedral is one of my favorite parts. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is behind the Durham Cathedral and it was used during the war as a medical building for soldiers. It is touched in their garden on a little trail that winds down the side of the building. You think you’re going to the wrong place. We actually only found it because an employee stopped us as we were walking away (after giving up) to bring us down. It is small and cold but such a nice little touch. The cross in the front is light that is filtered through the wall with its original design. The room actually gets so cold is is closed in the winter.
The cathedral is a great little place to go and only asked for a few pounds in donation to walk around and marvel at the beauty. They do have a small museum and that is the only place that costs. I didn’t have enough time while I was there to attend but I hope to another time. The small town was so beautiful and ended up being one of my favorite stops on England during my short stay.