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Department of Classics and Ancient History

About the Department

The Department is situated in the three connected eighteenth-century houses in the North Bailey pictured here. We are adjacent to the Cathedral and Castle, spectacularly positioned on an elevated peninsula overlooking the River Wear and designated a World Heritage Site. After two minutes' walk you are in the centre of the city, where a new shopping arcade stands side by side with buildings which date back several centuries.

You can find information on some of the famous and interesting people who have studied here on this page.

Durham and its surroundings

Much like the University, the city is friendly, relatively small, and proud of its tradition of learning; first as a centre of monastic scholarship, and more recently as England's oldest university outside Oxford and Cambridge. Durham is within easy reach of some of the most beautiful and unspoiled countryside in Britain; the moorlands of the Wear and Tees valleys, the North Yorkshire Dales, Hadrian's Wall, the Cheviot Hills, and the coast of Northumberland. We are close to some of the most important sites in Roman Britain, including Catterick, Housesteads, and the amazing reconstructed Roman shops and temples of Vindolanda.

Newcastle is easily accessible for those who want the facilities of a large and pleasant metropolis. York and Edinburgh are a little further afield but still easily accessible, and we are less than three hours from London by rail.