As the seasons change and the allure of adventure beckons, there's no better time to explore the captivating landscapes and rich heritage of Durham. Offering a perfect blend of natural beauty and historic charm, Durham promises an unforgettable getaway in 2024.

Whether you're seeking a tranquil rural retreat, quirky glamping experience, or a vibrant city break filled with cultural delights, Durham has stays to suit every taste and budget.

To help inspire you, we've pulled together highlights of places to stay this year across the county...

View of the grounds and gardens surrounding Headlam Hall Hotel on a bright sunny day

Headlam Hall

This stunning 17th century country house retreat nestled in the beautiful countryside of the Durham Dales, promises a relaxing escape from the everyday Standing in beautiful walled gardens and surrounded by its own rolling farmland, this historic family-owned property is an idyllic rural retreat.  

Enjoy fine dining in the Orangery Restaurant, treat yourself to a relaxing pampering treatment in the spa, or put your putting skills to the test on the 9-hole golf course.

double bedroom inside Hotel Indigo Durham

Hotel Indigo Durham

Modern luxury meets historic splendour at Hotel Indigo. Located just a stone’s throw away from Durham's UNESCO World Heritage Site, this boutique hotel, complete with Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Tinderbox Espresso Emporium Coffee House is the perfect base for exploring the historic city.

man making cocktail at bar inside Radisson Blu Hotel Durham with view of Durham Cathedral out of the window.

Radisson Blu Hotel Durham

Overlooking the River Wear, the Radisson Blu Hotel is just a short stroll from the heart of Durham City, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle. Wake up to beautiful riverside views across the spectacular city peninsula, tuck into delicious dishes in the College Restaurant, and unwind after a day of adventure in the hotel's indoor pool and spa.

View of the exterior of Seaham Hall Hotel entrance with water fountain during early evening twilight

Seaham Hall

Recently named one of the UK's most romantic hotels by The Times, enjoy 5-star luxury at Seaham Hall, surrounded by 37 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens on cliff tops overlooking the Durham Heritage Coast. Take your pick from 38 stunning bedroom suites, some even come complete with their evry own private hot tub.

Take some tranquil time out in the award-winning Serenity Spa, where you can enjoy a swim, sauna and steam. Sample the very best British and Pan-Asian cuisine in the Dining Room or vibrant Ozone restaurants. 

View of the Rose and Crown inn at night time in the village of Romaldkirk

The Rose and Crown

Serving up good food, a comfy bed and beautiful Durham Dales countryside to explore, it's not hard to see why the Rose and Crown is regularly voted one of the best UK countryside breaks.

A warm welcome awaits at this 18th century country inn, tucked away in the picture perfect village of Romaldkirk. Surrounded by miles of walking and cycling trails, tasty food and drink its the place to stay for outdoor lovers. Plus its dog-friendly too! 

View of Lord Crewe Arms and a bedroom at The Black Horse Inn

Classic Country Inns

Lord Crewe Arms

Recently named one of the best places to stay in the UK by The Times, The Lord Crewe Arms can be found in ther sleepy village of Blanchland, right on the boarder of Durham and Northumberland. Surrounded by the wild morrolands of the Durham Dales, here you can relax in luxury rooms and tuck into delicious dining.   

The Black Horse Inn

The recently opened Corner Rooms at The Black Horse Inn offer modern styled rooms with en-suite bathroom, extra comfortable beds, large flat screen TV and a desk with tea and coffee station.

View of Number Nine holiday Cottage and a picnic in a field with Swallows Nest cottage in background

Cosy Cottages

Number Nine

With cosy fire, indulgent interior, and tranquil countryside views, Number Nine is the perfect base for a cosy cottage getaway, only a short drive from Durham City.

Swallows Nest

Deep in the heart of the peaceful Durham Dales countryside, the VisitEngland 4-star Swallows Nest Cottage has everything you need to escape the everyday. 

View of hot tub treehouse at Red Hurworth Farm and view from the hot tub at Vindomora Country Lodges

Hot Tub Hideaways

Rest at the Nest

From waterside lodges to luxury treehouses, The Nest at Red Hurworth Farm has an amazing collection of extraordinary stays to choose from, hidden away on the banks of Hurworth Burn Reservoir. 

Vindomora Country Lodges

Escape to the country with Vindomora Country Lodges. Relax and unwind in a real wood cabin with private hot tub! Guaranteed peace, quiet and beautiful views aplenty.

hot tub and exterior of railway carriage accommodation at Beamish Glamping and Glamping Pod at Derecroft Glamping

Quirky Glamping

Beamish Glamping

Take your pick from beautifully restored vintage railway carriages and lodges in a peaceful woodland location, featuring comfy beds, private decking area with hot tub, full kitchen facilities, and en-suite.

Derecroft Glamping

At Derecroft Glamping you can escape from it all with friends and family in luxury hand crafted lodge pods, complete with spacious living quarters and private outdoor area. Cosy up by the roaring fire, relax in the pergola sheltered hot tub and enjoy the sparkling night sky.

External view of cottage at Plawsworth Hall and bedroon inside The Old Post Office b&b

Rural Retreats

Plawsworth Hall

Plawsworth Hall serviced cottages and apartments offer stylishly furnished and fully equipped accommodation, perfectly situated for exploring historic Durham City. 

The Old Post Office

In the picturesque village of Lanchester, The Old Post Office B&B offers clean and comfortable rooms with a delicious breakfast, made from locally sourced produce.

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