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Durham City

Durham Cathedral

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.

Durham CityA 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. One of the finest cultural and historic destinations in the UK, the city a pleasure to explore and an easy choice for a short city break. In 2013, Durham Cathedral was voted the UK’s number one landmark in the travellers’ choice attraction awards, organised by Trip Advisor. Discover the story behind the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the nearby Visitor Centre.

The quintessential old English University City has a wonderful timeless quality with rowing on the Wear and relaxing riverside walks, and 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, Durham University's Palace Green Library displays some of their own treausres, 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. Enjoy a moment of reflection in the awe-inspiring Cathedral, enjoy a river cruise, 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 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.

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  • Map of Durham City centre featuring attractions and Park and Ride locations.

Durham City highlights...

DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

The DLI Museum and Art Gallery has become one of Durham's most rewarding visitor attractions for all the family. The museum tells the proud 200-year-old story of the Durham Light Infantry, especially during World War I and World War II. The displays focus on the experience of war, using letter and...

DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

The DLI Museum and Art Gallery has become one of...

Gala Theatre and Cinema

Gala Theatre and Cinema

The centrepiece of Durham’s arts programme, the...

Durham University Botanic Garden

Durham University Botanic Garden

Don't miss all that the Botanic Garden has to...

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

Welcome to Durham Cathedral, the greatest Norman...

Oriental Museum

Oriental Museum

The Oriental Museum is the only museum in the...

Durham Castle

Durham Castle

Durham Castle, together with the Cathedral, was...