Bill Bryson called it ‘a perfect little city’ and Condé Nast’s Traveller magazine readers voted it the ‘Best city in the UK’ – now Durham City warmly awaits your visit to receive another seal of approval.
A captivating city with winding cobbled streets and a prominent peninsula crowned with the dramatic Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site – one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe.
The quintessential old English University City has a wonderful timeless quality relaxing riverside walks and river cruises, yet buzzes with a vibrant contemporary culture with superb cafés, artisan workshops, boutiques, galleries and museums.
Durham University's Oriental Museum is the only museum in the North of Britain devoted to the art and archaeology of the Orient, Durham Light Infantry is acclaimed as being amongst the finest regimental museums in the country, and shares it's home with Durham Art Gallery, and Palace Green Library displays some of their own treasures, as well as hosting world-class exhibitions.
Watch the world go by in one of the city centre cafés, shop for gourmet treats, locally produced food or original crafts in an array of shops and markets, or find city-centre calm at one of the city's many green spaces, including Crook Hall and Gardens or Durham University's Botanic Garden.
Days in Durham City are a hard act to follow, but we like to think our evenings are also up to the mark. From spellbinding theatre to side-splitting comedy, intimate restaurants to chic café-bars, and action films to art house cinema, Durham City has entertainment galore - don't miss the city's prime entertainment venue, the Gala Theatre.