Discover a hidden gem of a building at the heart of civic life in Durham city since the 14th century.
The Grade II listed Durham Town Hall houses many atmospheric spaces, fascinating histories, and long held traditions; many of which continue to this day. The Hall remains the official office of the Mayor of Durham and the Mayoral Bodyguard, a tradition that dates back to 1602. The Guildhall is the oldest part of the Town Hall, this is the historic home of the Trade Guilds and Durham City Freemen; groups who shaped Durham for more than 500 years.
For Heritage Open Days 2020 we will present a special display of Mayoral Bodyguard uniform / memorabilia and a video presentation celebrating the proud history of this remarkable centuries old local tradition.
As a special event the Town Hall will host a free exhibition by local artist Denis Fox on Sunday September 13th. This new series of oil paintings depicts the events of 'Black Thursday' August 15th, 1940 when the German Luftwaffe attacked the North East. The exhibition coincides with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and a display of a real Spitfire Mk IX outside in Market Place.
COVID-19 Considerations - Durham Town Hall has implemented a wide range of safety measures in order to welcome visitors back. These include, but are not limited to, a one-way system, hand sanitiser stations on entry and throughout the site, a one-in / one-out policy for public WCs, an enhanced cleaning regime and mandatory use of a face covering by visitors (usual exemptions apply).
There is partial lift access to some rooms on this site, however some of the older rooms have stepped access only. No pre-booking required but entry may be staggered if site gets too busy. Contact for the day: Durham Town Hall reception - 03000 267955.
|2020 (16 Sept 2020 - 19 Sept 2020)|
|Wednesday - Saturday||10:00||- 15:00|
* No booking required
Map & Directions
Please enter via the glass fronted reception area in the the corner of the Market Place next to St Nicholas Church.