Durham Area Guide

The beautiful city of Durham is filled with history and charm. Don’t just take our word for it though – it was named ‘One of the Best Cities in the World to Visit in 2020’ by The Independent and voted ‘The Best City in the UK’ by Condé Nast’s traveller magazine readers.


It’s easy to see why Durham gets so many accolades. The city is full of surprises so you won’t be short of things to do during your stay. It has the perfect blend of medieval heritage and a modern, vibrant feel.

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is an outstanding building originally constructed between 1093 and 1133. The Norman architecture is especially important as it is now the oldest surviving building with a stone vaulted ceiling of such a large scale. You can climb the Tower’s 325 steps for incredible views of the city and countryside. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, head to the Chapter House where they filmed one of the Hogwarts classrooms. You can also take a leisurely stroll near the River Wear which continues on past Durham Cathedral and the 900 year old Durham Castle.

Eating & Drinking in Durham

When it comes to eating and drinking in Durham, you’ll be spoilt for choice as the cobbled streets are peppered with restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes. From Brazilian steakhouses to Indian restaurants, Italian bistros to American diners, there is something for everyone. If you’re looking for the ultimate treat for a special occasion, we’d recommend visiting Michelin starred Coarse for their incredible tasting menu.

There are lots of options when it comes to drinking too! Gin lovers will love Tin of Sardines or Old Tom’s Gin Bar! For cocktails, head to 33 but be prepared, you’ll need a code for entry…

Durham Cricket Club

Durham Cricket Club resides under the gaze of Lumley Castle and has hosted a number of world-class events, including England’s successful Ashes series in 2013.

Steeped in history, the club was established in May 1882 and in 1992 was awarded first-class status by the Test & County Cricket Board. Between 1992 and 1994, Durham had no proper home venue until May 1995 when the first match took place at Riverside.

Plan your stay in Durham


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