If you’re looking for the perfect Autumn getaway, Durham has a treasure trove of stays to choose from. From cosy countryside inns and historic country homes, to luxury spa hotels, central city bases and even historic castles! You're certain to find your dream autumn escape in Durham.  

We've picked a selection of the amazing accommodation on offer this autumn across the county, many of which even have special offers to take advantage of this autumn. 

Rockliffe Hall hotel exterior, inside view of Headlam Hall, bedroom at High Force Hotel and exterior of Seaham Hall hotel

Coast and Countryside Escapes 

Escape to the peace and quiet of the Durham Dales at Headlam Hall Hotel. Surrounded by beautiful walled gardens and countryside, this mid-17th century country house makes for the idyllic rural retreat, complete with a luxury spa and golf course.

Treat yourself to an autumn escape filled with luxury and indulgence at Rockliffe Hall Hotel. Tee off on the 18 hole championship golf course, sink into the award-winning spa and enjoy wonderful fine dining in the hotel’s award-winning restaurants. For those with little ones in tow discover a new wonderland of curiosities at Mischmasch. 

Names as winners in the 2020 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for best luxury hotel and best romance hotel in the UK, Seaham Hall Hotel on the Durham Heritage Coast promises a luxurious escape. Relax and recharge at the 5 star bubble rated Serenity Spa, enjoy fine dining in the hotel’s restaurants and take in the fresh sea air as you explore the surrounding beaches and clifftop walks.   

Surrounded by miles of stunning countryside walking trails and just a stone's throw from the magnificent High Force Waterfall, the newly refurbished High Force Hotel is perfectly placed for exploring the Durham Dales and enjoying Durham's dark skies. Plus it's dog friendly too!

The Rose and Crown countryside Inn, South Causey Inn and Hotel Indigo restaurant

Foodie Favourites 

The historic Rose and Crown at Romaldkirk is a great base for exploring the Durham Dales, with elegant dog-friendly rooms and delicious locally sourced food and drink. Recently named Best Authentic Pub in the Sawday's Pub Awards 2020, the historic 18th century coaching inn is the place to go for a warming autumnal meal and refreshing pint. 

Known locally for its delicious homecooked food and indulgent afternoon teas, South Causey Inn is offering guests a unique dining experience this autumn. Enjoy "Al Fresco'' dining with a difference inside the inn’s private dining pods. Located within beautiful gardens, the new dining pods offer diners a safe and secluded dining experience, complete with personal server, heater and festoon lights. 

In the heart of Durham City you’ll find Hotel Indigo, a stylish boutique hotel just a short walk from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle. The hotel is also home to the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, where you can tuck into Marco’s signature steaks, timeless classic dishes, and delicious tipples during your stay. 

The Old Post Office B&B in the picturesque village of Lanchester offers clean and comfortable rooms with a delicious #TasteDurham award-winning breakfast, made from locally sourced produce. 

Radisson Blu Hotel Durham exterior and bedroom, exterior of Lumley Castle hotel and treehouse accommodation at Ramsdie Hall

Heritage City Hideouts

Overlooking the River Wear right in the heart of Durham City, the Radisson Blu Hotel is the perfect base for exploring. A short walk from the hotel you’ll find many independent eateries, indoor market hall, stylish boutiques and the world famous Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to choose a river view room for breathtaking views across Durham City's spectacular peninsula.

A short drive from the city centre you’ll find the historic Lumley Castle Hotel. Standing proud for over 600 years surrounded by beautiful countryside and overlooking the River Wear, the historic castle has over 70 unique bedrooms to choose from.  And for those seeking a spooky break this Halloween, Lumley Castle has its very own Escape Room where you must investigate and solve the mystery of Lily of Lumley, who is said to haunt the castle’s halls and passageways.  

If you prefer to be amongst the trees, opt for Ramside Hall Hotel’s new Treehouses, located on the outskirts of Durham City. Built on stills, each of these luxury Treehouses are individually decorated and are located in the hotel’s peaceful woodland. Each treehouse even has its own hot tub and sauna – perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the city.  

Durham City peninsula during Autumn

If you’re looking for a real home-from-home experience, Durham has many beautiful holiday cottages and cosy B&Bs to choose from, all offering a warm welcome this autumn. 

To view more amazing places to stay in Durham visit our dedicated accommodation page.

Many businesses across the county have been awarded the VisitEngland ‘Good to Go’ standard and AA 'Covid Confident' accreditation. These standards demonstrate that the business is adhering to Government and Public Health guidance and have carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment, to ensure you have a safe, clean and enjoyable stay. Keep an eye out for symbols when booking your stay in Durham. 

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