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We're proudly based in a medieval city with a rich literary legacy. You'll find us in environs that have inspired many authors over the centuries, from the writer of one of the oldest English plays, the twelfth-century Peregrini, to modern novelists like A.S. Byatt, Pat Barker or Benjamin Myers. C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia was, allegedly, sparked by a particular lamppost in Durham when he was briefly based here! 

Located at Durham's Historic Heart

The Department of English Studies is nestled at the heart of Durham's historic city centre. It is spread across three different buildings: Hallgarth House, a Georgian listed building, provides accommodation for the many teaching and administrative staff; 42 Old Elvet is a Georgian listed building, housing academic staff as well as providing teaching spaces; Elvet Riverside houses many academic staff and stands beside the River Wear.

Facilities and Resources

While studying at Durham, students will make frequent use of the nearby Bill Bryson Library. They may also get the chance to use the archival materials and medieval manuscripts of Durham Cathedral, Palace Green, and Ushaw College Libraries. All visitors can explore the literary collections held in our Museums and Galleries.

Durham University's Libraries and Collections
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Department of English Studies and Environment

Browse the map to find out where we are located, relative to other key sites in the University and City.

Department of English Studies Virtual Tour

We appreciate that not everyone can physically visit us prior to applying to our programmes. We therefore encourage you to take advantage of our self-guided virtual tour below, where you can digitally explore the Department buildings.




Elvet Riverside

Elvet Riverside River View

Hallgarth House

Hallgarth House

42 Old Elvet

42 Old Elvet

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Find out more about us, members of staff, and our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

About us

Find out more about the Department of English Studies.
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Find out more about our members of staff.
Staff Meeting

Undergraduate courses

Find out which undergraduate courses we offer.
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Postgraduate courses

Find out more about our postgraduate courses.
English Studies postgraduate students



Get in touch

Contact us to find out more about our courses and research.

Department of English Studies

Hallgarth House  

77 Hallgarth Street  

Durham City  

DH1 3AY 

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2500