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Lectures and Seminars

At Durham University you'll find an extensive programme of public lectures and seminars. With an impressive line up of experts and renowned academics speaking on a myriad of topics, the aim is to share knowledge and encourage debate. Lectures on thought provoking subjects as diverse as history and astro-physics are aimed at a general audience and delivered at various locations across the University. Lectures in the Castle Public Lecture Series take place within the Great Hall of historic Durham Castle, while the Institute of Advanced Study hosts a year round programme of inter-disciplinary lectures. Our Museums offer public lectures to accompany exhibitions and events and our Colleges celebrate that they are scholary communities with series' such as Cafe Politique, Cafe Scientifique and Cafe des Arts.

Public lectures are free of charge and open to all.

Historic Durham Tours

4th October 2017, 12:30 to 7th October 2017, 14:30, Palace Green Library (meeting point)

Enjoy a tour of Durham’s history in the magnificent setting of Durham’s World Heritage Site and hear local tales and stories from the last 1000 years. Discover why Durham was such an important city in the medieval period, why the Normans had a difficult time and how St Cuthbert helped the city grow. The tours today will be at 12.30pm and 14.30pm.

The tour will take you through the history of Durham over the last 1000 years using the beautiful buildings around Palace Green. Historic Durham tours unfold the architecture, the history and the stories of the people of Durham to introduce the history of the World Heritage Site.

You will be amazed at what you learn from the enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides, who will tell some of the tales, from Bishop Flambard one of the powerful 'Prince-Bishops' who was the first person to be imprisoned in the Tower of London to St Cuthbert and how in the Second World War he helped protect Durham.

This is an outdoors tour which takes place on Palace Green, the open area between Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral, which together make up the World Heritage Site. Other interesting and important buildings which reflect the history of Durham over the years also surround it and will be brought to life in this tour. The tour will take place in all weather conditions. Visitors wishing to take part in a Historic Durham guided tour need to purchase tickets from Palace Green Library and then meet your tour guide just outside.

Please contact the Palace Green Library on 0191 334 2932 to check information on the current times, dates of tours and to book advance tickets.

Please note this is an outside tour. The tour will last approx. 45 minutes-1 hour. The tour will be running in all weather conditions, and visitors will encounter some steep inclines and uneven surfaces.


•General Admission £3.00
•Under 18s and Durham University Campus Card holders Free


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