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Durham's winding lanes, also known as Vennels, thrill with a variety of boutiques and small shops - of particular note are Saddler Street, where Mrs Clemes produced her famous Durham mustard at house number 73, while Fowlers Yard is a hotspot for arts and crafts. The market hall, founded in 1851, with well over 80 stalls, is more alive than ever before. Durham also has a variety of ways to enjoy a fun evening from enchanting theatrical performances and first-class comedy, cozy restaurants and trendy bars to numerous cinemas and lots of music - from classic to rock Durham has you covered.
Together with the old town, the cathedral and castle are located on a towering rock in a loop of the River Wear. Travel writer Bill Bryson described the stunning bishop's seat of the 11th century as "the most beautiful cathedral in the world." Durham also hosts England's largest open-air museum, Beamish, where you can travel back in time to the early 19th and 20th centuries and in the Bowes Museum you can enjoy open-air theater and classical music concerts overlooking the park during the summer.
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Durham's gastronomy is among the best in the country - few people know that this is the home of mustard invented by Mrs. Clemens in the 17th century, even today you can buy it in the store on the Saddler St. There are also traditional farmers markets every month offering local specialties. In one of the many pubs and bars, you can end the evening very comfortably or dance the night away. There are many modern but also very traditional food manufacturers such as the Broom Mill Farm, where there is a farm shop, a tea room and restaurant plus a working water wheel.
In addition to the shops in Durham there are other markets where you can buy original art, ceramics and antiques. Barnard Castle is a veritable treasure trove, and the Dales Center unites arts and crafts with an excellent tearoom. If you're hoping for big shopping centres and off-the-peg shops, you're looking for them in the wrong place - Durham is known for its handcrafted art and markets with traditional, historic and modern stalls. Take a look around and be enchanted by the charm of this wonderful city.
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