Durham City is the perfect choice for a city break to remember. Whether you’re looking for a weekend away, or longer stay, visit Durham City and take home some fantastic memories.
The captivating heritage city was voted “Best in the UK” by Conde Nast magazine and is the jewel in the crown of an 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 opened in Summer 2016, and discover the Cathedral's internationally renowned collection on display in previously hidden spaces inside the Cathedral cloister. And don't miss the stunning exhibitions taking place at Durham University’s Palace Green Library, nestled in the heart of the World Heritage Site.
There are great events in the city every year, with the popular Brass festival taking place in the summer, the Durham Book Festival in the autumn and festive events including the traditional Christmas Market. Even more entertainment is on offer at the Gala Theatre - from spellbinding theatre to side-splitting comedy.
Take some tranquil time out with rowing on the River Wear, riverside walks and green spaces to enjoy. And once you’ve seen the sights, stroll through Durham City’s cobbled streets and discover a host of independent boutiques and craft shops jostling for attention alongside high street favourites, or head to the Durham Market Hall which is home to over 50 local independent traders. 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? From city, countryside to coast Durham is yours to discover.