Durham appeared on my radar when I made my very first trip to Newcastle to see Simon. All it takes is a quick glance from the train window as you pull into the station to fall in love, I immediately thought to myself how beautiful it looked and knew that we'd have to organise a trip there as soon as possible.
I knew it would be a perfect place to take my friend Lauren when she came up to visit at the weekend so we headed out early for a nice sunny stroll to the station and then did the very short 15 minute train ride to Durham.
Durham impresses the minute you step off the train, the station is at the top of a hill so you get a glorious view of the Cathedral as you stroll down the road and make your way towards the city. The best route takes you along the river so we had a beautiful walk with some fantastic views and had a lovely time watching the rowing boats move up and down the water before making our way across the bridge and up to the Cathedral.
The city has so many lovely looking cafes we knew we'd find somewhere good for lunch and we were very pleased to find Flat White down a hidden little alley, a cute little coffee shop with a lovely outside seating area. The sandwich menu was very varied and with so many temptations it took me forever to pick but I went for a toasted tuna with sweet chilli and it was delicious. We will definitely have to head back next time we visit as they also do some lovely hot chocolates and I know that Simon has his eye on the chocolate orange. Make sure you check out their website.
We spent the rest of the afternoon pottering around the shops. The best thing about the shops in Durham is that they are in absolutely beautiful buildings, which makes the experience even more enjoyable.
There are frequent trains running to Durham from Newcastle and the most trains on the East Coast line from London Kings Cross stop at Durham.
PS .. how gorgeous is Lauren's shirt? She picked it up in the Top Shop sale.