1. A UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep

Where else can you have the chance to stay just metres from a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Made up of Durham Cathedral and adjacent Durham Castle, this dramatic duo have become part of the famous landscape of Durham City.

Explore the world class exhibition experience at Open Treasure and see the constantly evolving artefacts on display, then head across to the Castle and join one of the award winning tours managed by the prestigious Durham University.

Finally, be sure to catch some of the views of the city below by peering over the parapets and watching the River Wear whoosh past along with the odd river boat too.

2. A shopping experience like no other

Our compact city is perfect for the serious shopper, with everything you need within a stone’s throw, get a bit of retail therapy in style.

Couple shopping on a break in Durham CityPeruse through meandering cobbled streets with an eclectic mix of independent shops and high street chains, all vying for your attention. Then, stop off at one of Durham City’s many eateries whether you’re looking for delectable afternoon tea, hearty home-cooked fare or luxurious fine-dining, there is something for every appetite against the backdrop of the Cathedral and Castle.

3. Endless choice of accommodation

Being such a hit with tourists definitely has its benefits. Take advantage of the vast array of accommodation on offer throughout the city, with everything in walking distance from your front door.

Great hotels and lovely B&Bs are scattered throughout the historic centre of the county for short weekends away or a longer stay to really explore everything Durham City has to offer. We’ve got a comprehensive list meaning you’ll be stuck for choice.

4. Exciting events in the heart of the city

Durham BRASS Festival 2017 in the streets of the cityFrom craft projects to craft beers, there is loads to see, do and take part in around Durham City – see what takes your fancy and take home wonderful memories on our events listings. We also have a great network of information points dotted around the city as well as helpful people on the end of the phone, so if you need help planning your trip to the city, don’t hesitate to make This is Durham your first point of call!

5. A chance to win one for free!

What could make a city break in Durham better? Making it free of course! We’ve teamed up with Marriott Hotels to offer a sumptuous break away in our perfect little city! Enjoy an overnight stay for two along with a three course evening meal and a Durham VIP Pass by entering our competition here!

Banner to win a city break in Durham with Marriott Hotels

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