The Lindisfarne Gospels come home to the North


April 11, 2013 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Upcoming Events


There are even more reasons to visit the city of Durham this summer. The often overlooked World Heritage Site will be hosting an exhibition featuring one of the world’s greatest books, the Lindisfarne Gospels, as its centrepiece.

Why not take a cottage break to visit the exhibition, explore the city of Durham and beyond. Sykes, Cottages 4 You and Hoseasons all have cottages just a couples of miles from the centre of Durham.

The Lindisfarne Gospels have a uniquely important place in the art and culture of the North of England, and the Christian heritage of the area. The Lindisfarne Gospels are masterpieces of early Medieval European book painting. The book represents the golden age of design and craftsmanship in Northumbria, and has survived wars and the ravages of time for over one thousand years in almost perfect condition. The freshness, intricacy and beauty of its decoration are outstanding.

The exhibition, which takes place from 1 July to 30 September, tells the tale of the famous Saint Cuthbert, and this beautiful manuscript – its creation, its journey and its very special symbolism for the people of the North of England. The exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view a selection of St Cuthbert’s treasures including his jewelled cross, sapphire ring and travelling altar, alongside the book that was written in his honour.  Stunning Anglo-Saxon artefacts from national collections will also be on display along with some of Britain’s most significant Medieval manuscripts including the St Cuthbert Gospel and Durham Gospel. A special programme of events and activities will be staged throughout the exhibition including art and music, workshops and conferences, pilgrimages and retreats, exhibitions and performances.

After visiting the exhibition it’s time to explore the city. Boasting an impressive cathedral it, together with the nearby castle, has been a World Heritage site since 1987. Thought by many to be the finest example of Norman church architecture in England, the cathedral dominates the old city on a rocky peninsula where the River Wear almost doubles back on itself. Compact enough to explore on foot. Durham also has a university, England’s third oldest after Oxford and Cambridge, adding further to the city’s character.

My Pick of the Durham cottages

Lindisfarne Gospels

Dairy Cottage is a two bedroom cottage tucked away down a country lane and surrounded by rolling countryside yet it is just a 15-minute walk along the riverside from the centre of Durham Click here for more details.