Flights to Durham
Situated within the country of County Durham in the north east of England is the city of Durham. This ancient city offers a scenic setting and plenty of historical and listed buildings for those tourists interested in history, such as Durham Castle.
Flights to Durham typically come to the Durham Tees Valley Airport (airport code: MME), about 8 kilometres outside of the city and accessible by bus and infrequent rail service. The only airline that has a 1-stop flight to Durham from South Africa is KLM, and their connection is in Amsterdam. Other options include Kenya Airways with stops in Nairobi and Amsterdam, or with Egyptair who have a route through Cairo and then also Amsterdam. Flights to Durham are roughly 20 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Durham:
Durham is a lovely place with a low population for a city, giving it a small and welcoming atmosphere. There’s plenty of history here and Durham has a scenic setting on the River Wear and is built on a number of hills. There are countless historical and architecturally interesting buildings to see in Durham, and among these are the following:
Durham Castle and nearby Durham Cathedral are by far the city’s best known and most popular attractions. Both have been jointly designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and were inscribed to this prestigious list for their cultural importance back in 1986.
Durham Castle was originally built by the Normans in the 11th century and is a good example of the motte and bailey castle, a design that was favoured by the Normans. It has been used by the University College Durham since 1840 and now holds the title of the oldest student accommodation in the world! The public can visit Durham Castle by means of a guided tour.
Regarded as England’s finest example of Norman architecture is Durham Cathedral, which was built between 1093 and 1133. The cathedral is one of the top attractions in Durham and the surrounding region and can be visited by the general public. The cathedral tower is particularly popular as those who climb to the top of this are rewarded with great views of Durham and the surrounds.
Durham University Botanic Garden
Durham University holds several attractions for visiting tourists and among these is the Botanic Garden. Set on 10 hectares on the outskirts of the city, the Botanic Garden features glasshouses, woodlands, a wildflower meadow, and plants from different corners of the world including Asia, South Africa, Chile, New Zealand, and North America.
When Should You Visit?:
Like the rest of the UK Durham has a mild climate and moderate levels of rainfall, occurring throughout the year. July is the warmest month and is on average one of the driest months also, with average high temperatures of just under 20C. Winters are mild to cool, feeling a little colder than the average high of 6C in January because of the damp air. Late spring and early autumn can be a nice time to visit though.