Durham In general
Durham is a classic example of a Norman city and home to the magnificent Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site. It’s a great destination to take a short break in Durham where you can sightsee historical attractions or even shop in the quaint marketplaces amid breathtaking scenery. Durham is a gateway to the majestic beauty of the Durham Dales and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you can experience the great outdoors in the panoramic English countryside. Why not take a look at our guide and book your hotel today.
Extraordinary hotels in Durham
- Rockcliffe Hall – winner of Large Hotel of the Year in 2013 North east Tourism Awards
- Seaham Hall Hotel – on the Durham coast to the city
Monuments and attractions
There are plenty of sightseeing activities on offer to experience British history:
- Durham Cathedral – probably the most authentic Norman building in Europe. Check out the architecture and discover why this was recently voted as the UK’s number one landmark by TripAdvisor.
- Beamish Museum – this living museum showcases what life was like in the North East of England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. Costumed people walk around on set of the gorgeous English countryside and tell you the tales of the conditions they lived in.
Eating and drinking
If you want to experience the best of food and drink in Durham, just look out for the ‘Taste Durham’ sign. This food quality sign is displayed in the many restaurants and bars that will offer the eager visitor a taste of delights to remember. Why not choose a hotel with the Taste Durham Award that provides recognition of good service, quality of meal and the use of local produce.
There are many shopping experiences to take advantage of in the city of Durham:
- The traditional shopping streets in the centre will reveal to you boutique shops, interesting craft shops and independent style shops selling local produce.
- Dalton Park is the biggest outlet centre in the region for shopping that will have cut-price costs of clothes and many other wares.
- Why not visit the Durham Dales Centre where you can undertake a relaxing shopping experience in their very own courtyard and cafe.
Traditional English pubs mingle with the rise of fashionable and trendy bars, both remaining popular with locals and residents alike in the shadow of the Durham Cathedral. Nightclubs can be found along the North Road district of the city.
Here are a few examples of the nightlife scene to sample:
- Klute – one of Durham’s oldest clubs playing 70s and 80s pop.
- The Market Tavern – located in the shopping district
- Varsity – a lively pub with low prices