With an abundance of unique attractions and activities, you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Durham. Locals are no stranger to visitors walking around with wide eyes. A pocket-sized city steeped in history and beautiful relics from the past, it’s hard not to be swept up by the charm of the place. Add to the mix a lively student population and a new shopping and leisure complex on the cards, alongside plenty of nightlife spots, entertainment venues, activities and cosy hotels in Durham, and you’ll see that this certainly isn’t a city stuck in the past.
With the whole city centre a designated conservation area, with over 500 listed buildings, Durham is a veritable gem that historians and architecture enthusiasts will fall in love with. Don’t miss its many incredible historic buildings, including Durham Cathedral and Castle.
Tracing the tales of Durham’s long history is easy, thanks to the city’s impressive museum collection dedicated to its heritage, its World Heritage Site status, archaeology, mining, and even a replica town, which literally brings the Victorian and Edwardian eras to life.
With beaches, walking tours and cycling trails leaving you spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor activities – and an escape room, climbing wall and casino if you need some refuge from the famously unpredictable northern weather – there’s plenty to add to your to-do list.
A veritable roster of innovative festivals, captivating museums and charismatic galleries lend themselves to a cultural scene that Durham can be proud of.
Boasting three golf courses, the most northerly cricket ground in England, an exciting theatre scene and a charmingly obscure music venue, there’s never a dull moment in Durham.
From award-winning fish and chips to exotic tastes of the middle east, fragrant flavours of pan-Asian cuisine to European favourites and some cosy cafés to boot, tuck into Durham’s best restaurants with our eating out guide.
Gin joints, whisky dens and champagne lounges are all the order of the day on Durham’s sophisticated bar scene. Add to that a roster of historic, homey pubs and there are plenty of places for you to enjoy your tipple of choice.
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