Durham’s new World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

Date Posted: 24/06/2011

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle has unveiled its new £1.25 million Visitor Centre.

Based in the former Durham University Almhouse on Owengate, the centre aims to provide visiting groups with an overview of what a World Heritage Site is, what makes Durham significant, and the attractions to explore on the peninsula.

Providing a central information point for GTOs, sites to explore on the World Heritage Site include the castle; the cathedral and its claustral buildings, including the treasures of St Cuthbert; and the Wolfson Gallery in the University’s historic Palace Green Library.

There will also be information about places to visit across Durham, including the Botanic Garden, the Oriental Museum, the Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology, Durham Heritage Centre and Museum, and the DLI Museum and Art Gallery.

The Visitor Centre will be a working building, aiming to provide additional interactive experiences for groups, including exhibitions, performances, and hands-on activities.

For further information telephone: 0191-334 3804 or e-mail visitor.centre@dur.ac.uk 

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