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Palace Green, Durham

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Palace Green is an area of grass in the centre of Durham, England, flanked by Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. The Cathedral and Castle together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Although initially not part of the site itself, Palace Green was added to the UNESCO site in 2008.
It is situated on top of the narrow, high peninsula formed by a sharp bend in the River Wear. The Cathedral is on the southern side, facing the Castle across the Green on the north side. To the east are Durham University buildings including the law, theology, classics and history departments, with the music department and the university's special collections library to the west.

From the north and east Palace Green is accessed by two cobbled streets called Owengate (formerly Queen's Street) and Dun Cow Lane, the latter taking its name from a local legend involving a milkmaid and her cow. From the west a passageway, 'Windy Gap', leads down to the banks of the River Wear between two buildings which are now part of the university Music School. Early in the twentieth century one of the buildings had been the home of the novelist J. Meade Falkner, author of Moonfleet.

In summer, Palace Green is sometimes used by students of Durham University as a croquet lawn on permission from the groundsman of University College Durham.
'Palace Green' is also the name of a hymn tune written by Michael Fleming (1928-2006) while a music student at the university, for the hymn 'Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above'.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, marquees on Palace Green have been used as a testing centre run by the University.
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  • This is a lovely place to take photographs of the castle and Cathedral. There are benches around the green that you can use just to sit and contemplate. 
    This is a lovely place to take photographs of the castle and Cathedral. There are benches around the green that you can use just to sit and contemplate.  more »
  • Palace Green is shadowed by neighbouring castle and cathedral (figuratively and literally) but it is interesting itself and definitely worth to visit, as it holds interesting Durham University... 
    Palace Green is shadowed by neighbouring castle and cathedral (figuratively and literally) but it is interesting itself and definitely worth to visit, as it holds interesting Durham University...  more »
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  • The scenery is amazing
  • Great view of the cathedral and university college. Close to shops. Currently is hosting a university covid testing site.

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