Durham Cathedral and Castle are at opposite ends of a small area of grass called Palace Green. Other historic University buildings line the other two sides of the square in between.
As I headed along South Bailey street and North Bailey street ( The last two street scenes from the previous post), I took a little customary diversion from the route to do what first time visitors do and that is have a quick look at the Cathedral.
|The west end... snow on St Bede's chapel (local saint)|
|Every place has a back door view|
|student buskers change their tune in December|
.... and then the short walk up into the Palace Green only to discover that it is totally covered by a huge marquee.... for Durham Christmas market.... (Yes, I've finally succumbed to the Christmas theme.)
|Hark the herald Angels sing|
A sample of three interior photos entitled... " I'll get the hang of this thing yet " !! .....
|colourful character... err... which one?!|
|"Here's one made I made earlier"|
|The Harry potter stall having a bit of mobile trouble !|
|Meerkats ... and a bit more !|
Like all good Christmas markets, Santa usually arrives at some point and after a major re-arrangement of presents on his alternative sleigh, is asked to pose for next years official Christmas market photograph...
Durham Castle as I said in the previous post is home to the University and some of the students do very interesting Castle tours during the summer. Those days seem a long way off today...
|castle entrance ... welcome for visitors ... prison for students??? !|
This reminds me that it is that time of year when I must write my Christmas cards and for the University students to ...... thank their parents for all the money that they have sent them through the year !!
It is time to leave and head home but not before taking a last look inside the town hall in the market place
|17th - 19th century under used coffee shop !|
I could have ended the post with the final photo of the day of the railway station platform....
|looking to home ... and warmth !|
... and a closer inspection of the wall in front of the seat reveals a resident who can enjoy Durham in all of its glory during certain times of the winter only !! ...
|"someone has wiped the smile off my face"|