Durham Cathedral is one of the most famous landmarks in England. It’s a World Heritage site for a very good reason: it is absolutely stunning. And for any Potterheads out there, it was also used as Hogwarts in the 1st and 2nd films!
The River Wear
Neptune Statue in Durham Market
The present cathedral was founded in 1093 AD and is one of the best preserved examples of Norman architecture in the world. For that reason it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You aren’t allowed to take pictures inside the cathedral, unfortunately, but it is stunning and I really recommend visiting it!
The ceiling inside Durham Cathedral.
The courtyard in Durham Cathedral. I remembered this bit distinctly as one of the hallways of Hogwarts.
Durham Cathedral sanctuary knocker. Supposedly you can make a wish on the knocker.
Durham Castle was originally built as the residence for the Bishop of Durham. The seat of the Bishop of Durham is the 4th most powerful seat in the Church of England hierarchy. The Bishop of Durham stands at the right hand of the monarch during coronations.
The castle was donated to the University of Durham and now houses students from Durham University College. Can you imagine this being your dorm? Incredible!
Durham Castle gates.
Durham Castle courtyard and keep.
While the Keep still looks quite traditional on the outside, inside it’s been totally renovated to become more housing for students. And again, even though we were able to tour inside the Castle, we weren’t allowed to take any photos as it is a private residence.
Sam’s romantic solo stroll.
I loved this little chimney puffing away with Durham Castle Keep in the background.
Durham’s nighttime skyline.
So did you recognise Hogwarts in any of these photos?