The Department of Theology and Religion’s home, Abbey House, is located directly next to one of the most distinctive landmarks in England, Durham Cathedral.
We are on Palace Green, the square to the north of the cathedral, at the south-eastern corner. If you stand so that the cathedral is ahead of you and the castle (University College) behind you, Abbey House is at the cathedral end of the row of buildings to your left. It can be recognised by its distinctive green door.
For a street map of Palace Green in central Durham indicating the Department, click here.
Durham was not designed with cars in mind, and parking is very limited and expensive in the city. You would normally be best advised to use one of the city’s Park and Ride service. The bus stops for the Gates Shopping Centre or for the Gala Theatre are each a five-minute walk from the Department.
Durham has excellent rail links to London (c. 3 hours), Birmingham (c. 3 hours), Edinburgh (c. 2 hours) and other major cities. For information on train times and fares, click here. Please note that fares booked in advance are often significantly cheaper than those bought on the day.
There is a frequent bus service direct from the station to Palace Green, where the Department of Theology and Durham Cathedral are located. For details of this service, click here. Taxis from the station are also inexpensive.
Alternatively, you can walk from the station in about fifteen minutes, on a route that takes you through some of the most attractive parts of the city. Leave the station on Station Approach, winding down the hill with the Cathedral in view ahead of you. (If you have arrived on a northbound train, you will first need to cross underneath the railway line: take the steps at the left-hand end of the platform as you arrive.) You will soon see a footpath on your left-hand side, signed for the city centre and for tourist information, dropping down a short slope and then turning left. Take this path, and after several short flights of steps you will come to a footbridge, Highgate Bridge, on your right. Cross this bridge, with the Victorian Catholic church ahead of you. At the end turn left, descending Castle Chare towards Milburngate. At the bottom, do not cross the road ahead of you, but instead turn right to walk past the bus stops, with the Cathedral on the skyline ahead of you. After going down a short dip and up again, the road forks. Cross the pedestrian crossing to take the left-hand fork. This road soon swings sharply to the right and uphill, but instead you should bear left onto Framwelgate Bridge, the main old stone bridge over the Wear.
Once over the bridge, follow Silver Street round to the left, climbing gently towards Market Square. Once there, take Saddler Street, which continues the road round to the right. Stay on the right-hand side of Saddler Street as you continue to climb gently. Shortly you will see a street named Owengate climbing steeply to the right. As you climb up Owengate you will see the Cathedral directly ahead of you and you will quickly emerge onto Palace Green. Walk towards the Cathedral keeping the Green to your right. Abbey House, the last building before the Cathedral on the left-hand side, is set back from the road and can be recognised by its distinctive green door.
There are several airports close to Durham, notably Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle International. Edinburgh Airport and Leeds Bradford International Airport are also within reach. In each case it is possible to connect to the main East Coast train line for direct trains to Durham.
From the major London airports, travel to London King’s Cross for direct trains to Durham.
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