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Radisson Blu Hotel Durham
Frankland Lane
DH1 5TA Durham
8.6 / 10
from £ 84
Redworth Hall Hotel
DL5 6NL Durham
8.1 / 10
from £ 65
Honest Lawyer Hotel
Croxdale Bridge
DH1 3SP Durham
8.0 / 10
Ramside Hall Classic Hotel
DH1 1TD Durham
8.7 / 10
from £ 75
Seven Stars Inn
High Street North
DH1 2NU Durham
from £ 50
Marriott Durham Royal Country
Old Elvet
DH1 3JN Durham
6.4 / 10
Travelodge Durham
Station Lane
DH1 1LJ Durham
7.6 / 10
DH1 1SQ Durham
Days Inn Durham
Roadchef Motorway Service Area, A1M Motorway
DH6 5NP Bowburn
from £ 35
Travelodge Chester-le-Street Hotel
Great North Road Chester Moor
DH2 3RJ Chester-le-Street
The Highfield Hotel
101 Durham Road, East Rainton
DH5 9QT East Rainton
2.5 / 10
from £ 36
Lumley Castle Hotel
Chester Le Street
DH3 4NX Chester-le-Street
6.5 / 10
from £ 69
Emerson district 5
NE37 1LB Washington
8.2 / 10
Campanile Washington Newcastle Upon Tyne
Emerson Road District 5
NE37 1LE Washington
8.3 / 10
from £ 33
Travelodge Washington A1( M) Northbound
Moto Service Area, A1(M), Portobello
DH3 2SJ Washington
9.3 / 10
Best Western Hardwick Hall Hotel
TS21 2EH Sedgefield
9.3 / 10
from £ 65
The Ravensworth Arms Hotel
Greenford Lane Lamesley
NE11 0ER Gateshead
from £ 46
Mercure Newcastle George Washington Hotel Golf and Spa
Stone Cellar Road
NE37 1PH Newcastle upon Tyne
8.0 / 10
Travelodge Sedgefield
A177 / A689 Roundabout
TS21 2JX Stockton-on-Tees
6.9 / 10
Travelodge Sunderland Central
Low Row
SR1 3PT Sunderland
8.6 / 10
The Manor House Hotel
Front Street, The Green
DL14 9HW Bishop Auckland
Manor House Hotel County Durham
The Green, Front Street
DL14 9HW West Auckland
from £ 52
Travelodge Sunderland High Street West
High Street West
SR1 1UD Sunderland
8.5 / 10
Travelodge Newcastle Whitemare Pool
A194, Wardley, Whitemare Pool
NE10 8YB Newcastle upon Tyne
5.6 / 10
Quality Hotel Boldon
Boldon Business Park
NE35 9PE Boldon Colliery
8.7 / 10
from £ 56
Front Street Whickham
NE16 4JG Newcastle upon Tyne
9.0 / 10
from £ 74
Roker Terrace
SR6 9ND Sunderland
5.7 / 10
Hilton Newcastle Gateshead
NE8 2AR Gateshead
7.5 / 10
Marriott Newcastle MetroCentre Hotel
NE11 9XF Gateshead
8.2 / 10

Land of the Prince Bishops: Durham

Durham is arguably the jewel in the crown of the North East. It is an excellent example of a Norman City with an astonishingly beautiful cathedral, a castle and a top university. Here are a few tips to allow you to make the most of your time in the land of the Prince Bishops

At walking pace

The main sights are all situated within the city centre and easily walkable. If you intend to stay a little further afield, then taxis are available for a reasonable price. The train station is a 10 minute walk from the market place, and offers regional services, as well as direct trains to London and Manchester. If you are travelling by car, there is a convenient park and ride service situated just outside of town

The star attractions of the city

Durham is a city steeped in history, with its origin dating back to 900sADand the whole of the centre of the city is a conservation area. There are approximately 600 listed buildings in the city and plenty to see.

Durham Cathedral

The World Heritage Site deserves its place, as the number 1 sight to see in Durham. This Norman cathedral is over 900 years old and is a wonder to behold. Not many cathedrals in Europe can compete with this fine specimen of architecture. Marvel at the vaulted ceilings, treasures of St Cuthbert and the exquisite cloisters. For the younger visitors, scenes from Harry Potter movies were also filmed here!

Durham Castle & University Buildings

Even though Durham Castle started its life as the Bishop’s Palace, it is now one of the many colleges of the university. Not a bad place to study! It is also a UNESCO heritage site, like the Cathedral, and the as a castle it has never been breached. There are many college buildings along The Bailey which is the street running alongside Palace Green. Wander along the cobble stones and then emerge onto the river banks and Prebends Bridge. Amble along the banks of the River Wear to catch some of the most breathtaking views of the Cathedral and Castle above.

Soak up some culture in the North East

There are many museums connected to the University, but in addition there are some great events throughout the year. The new complex Walkergate houses a cinema and theatre, which hosts some touring performances. Whether you wish to stay indoors or head outdoors, here are some recommendations of how to best spend your time in Durham

Brass: Durham International Festival

In the middle of July, the streets and parks of Durham are flooded with international Brass bands and groups. From classical to funk, traditional to ska, the whole city is brought to life with a diverse range of music! Programs are available from the tourist information.

Durham Regatta

The River Wear loops around the city, and there is also a lot of action on the water. In June, Durham Regatta is a date for the diary. Head down to the river banks to see rowers race. Even if you are not a rowing fan, there are stalls and entertainment that cater for all tastes and the atmosphere is great

Beamish Museum

Just outside of Durham is Beamish Museum. This living, working museum is a replica of life in the North East between 1820s and 1940s. Employees of the museum dress in traditional costume from the time and add to the magic of the 1940s farm, Pit Village and the Colliery. Tickets are £18.50 per adult, and the ticket is valid for 12 months

Fancy a sausage roll?

The North East has some local delicacies that are definitely worth trying. Most bakeries will sell a Sausge Roll

Zen UK Limited

Tucked away down a lane by The Court is Zen. This small restaurant speclialies in pan-asian food, with a hint of european influence. The dishes are perfect when dining along, or choose from the tapas-sized portions when eating with friends. The outside terrace is lovely in Summer or Winter. On chillier evenings, enjoy the heated lamps and a complimentary blanket. (Court Lane, County Durham, DH1 3JS)


This restaurant is situated approximately 15 minutes from the centre, but it is definitely worth the walk. This fine dining restaurant is an intimate affiar, with room for only 22 diners, in the beautiful premise, originally built in 1870. Choose 2 of 3 courses from the seasonal menu. (£32 for 2 courses, £40 for 3 courses). (The Avenue, Durham City, DH1 4DX)

Snooze in style

Here are a couple of recomendations for stylish hotels in the city centre:

Marriot Durham Royal County

The County, as the hotel is commonly referred, is the perfect location for a stay in Durham. The building itself is a classic with stunning features and some of the rooms, face onto the river. The decoration and interior is traditional and elegant. There is also a fitness room, swimming pool and sauna where you can unwind.

Radisson Blu Hotel

This hotel is one of the newer hotels in Durham, and is chic and stylish. Located just across the water from Walkergate and the great selection of bars and restaurants, the hotel retains it relaxed and tranquil feel. The hotel bar and gourmet Filini Restaurant is perfect for dining alone, or with friends/ colleagues. It has a modern feel and the staff are very attentive.

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