Durham is unquestionably beautiful, with one of Britain’s most beautiful Romanesque cathedrals and a huge castle set in a town of cobblestone streets full of students attending one of the town’s big pulls, the university. Durham’s most famous building is the Durham Cathedral, built in a gorgeous Anglo-Norman Romanesque style which puts it on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. The interior is spectacular, with a superb nave dominated by massive piers. The Galilee Chapel was built in 1175 and is one of the most beautiful parts of the cathedral. The north side’s paintings are rate surviving examples of 12th century wall painting. The Bishop’s Throne is built over the tomb of Bishop Thomas Hatfield, and dates from the mid-14th century. The cathedral has worthwhile guided tours, and amazing views from the top of the tower if you are willing to climb the 325 steps to get there. Durham Castle was built in 1072 and was the prince bishop’s home until 1837, when it became the first college of the new university, and today it remains a university hall. Highlights of the guided tour of the castle include the groaning 17th century staircase, the 16th century chapel, and beautifully preserved Norman chapel.