Durham Castle Keep, and later buildings on Owengate.

The Architecture of Durham

Durham has a great wealth of innovative and inspirational architecture. But what makes it so special?

1000 years of architecture: The architecture of the Durham World Heritage Site spans almost one thousand years of history, ranging from its Norman Cathedral and Castle, to a few discrete buildings from the late twentieth century.

A varied built environment: The site comprises religious, secular, private and public buildings, as well as public spaces such as Palace Green and the River Banks. Durham is an urban site with a setting that feels surprisingly rural.

A living city: Because of the site's continuity of use and many layers of architectural history, the overall spirit of Durham is one of a living historic city.