• Framwellgate Bridge, Durham, England
    Framwellgate Bridge

Durham

Seemingly happy to go nowhere, Durham sits along the tight curve of its river, snug below its castle and magnificently situated cathedral. It has a medieval, cobbled atmosphere and a scraggly peasant's indoor market just off the main square. Durham has a youthful liveliness and a small-town warmth that shines — especially on sunny days, when most everyone is out licking ice cream cones. The nearby countryside harbors some of the country's best historical sights. Go for a Roman ramble at Hadrian's Wall, a reminder that Britain was an important Roman colony 2,000 years ago. Make a pilgrimage to Holy Island, where Christianity gained its first toehold in Britain. At the excellent Beamish Museum, travel back in time to the 19th and early 20th centuries.