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 our amazing county. The medieval city is dominated by the imposing Durham Cathedral, and the adjacent Durham Castle – together forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be one of the first visitors to explore Open Treasure, the Cathedral's new world-class exhibition spaces which opens in April 2016, and discover the Cathedral's internationally renwoned collection, on dispaly in previously hidden spaces inside the Cathedral cloister. And don't miss the fascianting exhibitions taking place at Palace Green Library, nestled between these two magnificent buildings.
There are great events in the city every year, with the popular Brass and Streets festivals taking place in the summer, the Durham Book Festival in the autumn and a range of Christmas events including the traditional Christmas Market.
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 great cultures of Northern Africa and Asia. 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 13th 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, or head to the Victorian Indoor Market. 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.
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.