5 *genuine* reasons to visit Durham

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Thinking of cumming to Durham?

There’s more to Durham than just being a bolthole for Dominic Cummings, so here are 5 actual reasons to visit Durham!

Often overshadowed by the nearby city of Newcastle, Durham is an ideal place for a long weekend away. There are pubs (like The Holy GrAle), a stunning Cathedral, museums, shops, cafes and if the city is a bit too urban for you, the Durham dales and coast are nearby.  We’ve already written a couple of pages about experiencing the outskirts of Durham –Day One – visiting Crook Hall and Hamsterley Forest and Day Two – Rose and Crown at Romaldkirk, High Force Waterfall and Derwent Resevoir so this time let’s focus on 5 specific things to see and do.

1. Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

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Officially known as The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham, Durham Cathedral is final resting place of St Cuthbert, Durham Cathedral is stunning inside and it’s worth the effort to reach the top of the tower.

Durham Cathedral


2. Walking along the River Wear is perfect for a daytime stroll

Rising from the scenic Pennines and flowing through Country Durham and the city of Durham, finally ending its 70-odd mile journey in Sunderland.

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3. Crook Hall

A short walk from the city centre, Crook Hall, is to me an idyllic English garden.  While away time in their gardens or try some of their tasty scones. A place with plenty of history, the owners have even written a book – Blood, Sweat and Scones: Two Decades at Crook Hall.

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durham crook hall

4. Nightlife

Being a University town, Durham has plenty of bars, pubs and clubs. Read about one, the Holy GrAle here. Also recommended are The Station House, The Butterfly Room and the Boat Club (pictured below).

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5. Shopping

Wander around the winding streets checking out the local shops, there‘s Prince Bishop’s Shopping Centre with many High Street names, the Victorian Durham Market Hall has around 50 traders ranging from fresh produce to fashion, or head outside the city to Dalton Park Outlet store.

shopping durham


Tourist Information

This is Durham

Download a pocket guide to Durham


By Car – From the South, The A1/A1(M). From the North choose from the A1 coastal route or the A68 cross-country ‘holiday route’ through Northumberland and Border Country. From the West, the A66 provides a cross-Pennine route.

By Coach – There are several coach services daily to Durham.

By Train – Durham is well-served by rail. For details telephone National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk






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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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