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.
Things to do in Durham
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.
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.
Places to eat
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.