|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Criteria||ii, iv, vi|
|Inscription||1986 (10th Session)|
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 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.
Buildings situated on Palace Green
- Durham Cathedral
- Durham University School of Music (main premises)
- Durham University School of Music (audiosuite and experimental office)
- Palace Green Library (houses special collections, exhibitions and a café)
- Durham Castle (site of University College, Durham, known as 'Castle')
- The Master's House (of University College)
- Moneyer's Garth
- Bailey Court (Castle accommodation)
- Cosin's Hall (Former college, then Castle accommodation, has hosted the Institute of Advance Studies since October 2006)
- The Almshouses (now a cafeteria)
- The Pemberton Rooms (the Durham Union Society)
- Abbey House, Durham University School of Theology
- "UNESCO World Heritage Convention - Evaluations of Cultural Properties, pp101" (PDF).
- "Durham’s World Heritage Site expands". 2008-09-20. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
- "Michael Fleming". Church Times. 2006-02-24. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
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