Durham City is the perfect choice for a short city break. Whether you’re looking for a weekend away, or longer stay, visit Durham City and take home some fantastic memories.
The captivating city was voted “Best in the UK” by Conde Nast magazine, and is the jewel in the crown of an extraordinary county. The medieval city is dominated by the UK’s Number One Landmark, Durham Cathedral, and the adjacent Durham Castle – together forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city has a wonderful timeless quality with rowing on the River Wear and relaxing riverside walks, and yet buzzes with a vibrant contemporary culture with superb cafés, artisan workshops, boutiques, galleries and museums. Discover Durham University’s Oriental Museum, the only museum in the North of Britain devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the orient. Or head to the Durham Light Infantry Museum – acclaimed as being one of the finest regimental museums in the country.
Escape to one of the numerous green spaces, including medieval Crook Hall and Gardens where you can enjoy a quintessential English experience in a 17th Century medieval manor house, while Durham University’s Botanic Garden is a delight throughout the seasons.
The Gala Theatre is the city’s premiere entertainments venue, from spellbinding theatre to side-splitting comedy and art house cinema; no city break would be complete without a trip to the Gala.
Once you’ve seen the sights, why not meander through Durham City’s cobbled streets and discover a host of independent boutiques and craft shops jostling for attention alongside your favourite high street stores. And when it’s time to refuel, you’ll be spoiled for choice at the city’s many restaurants, bars and cafés just waiting to tempt your taste buds – don’t forget to look out for the Taste Durham mark, a sign of great food and service.
And there has never been a better time to book your city break - with offers including 3 nights for the price of 2 at a host of stylish hotels and friendly guest houses, plus 2 for 1 entry at many of the city's top attractions. Visit our Durham Deals page for more offers.
Why not stay a little longer and discover more of what Durham has to offer. Visit the explore page to find out more about the breathtaking scenery of the Durham Dales, award winning attractions in the Vale of Durham, and the dramatic Durham Coast.