Places to visit in Durham City

There are many interesting places to visit in Durham City. Here are just a few ideas to get you started. All are within walking distance of the city’s Market Place.

[NOTE: All Pointers are volunteers and these are simply our own personal suggestions of places we enjoy visiting.]

Durham Cathedral Durham Cathedral

Built in 1093, the Cathedral is an awe inspiring building occupying a majestic situation overlooking the River Wear.

FREE (Donations welcomed). Café.

Open every day (restricted access during services)

 


Open TreasureOpen Treasure @ Durham Cathedral

An exciting exhibition chronicling the history of the cathedral and Christianity in the region, with interactive displays and activities for all ages.

CHARGES. Hours may vary.

 

 


Castle

Durham Castle

Occupied since the 11th century, Durham Castle is part of Durham University and is home to students of University College.

CHARGES.

Guided tours only. Book online or at the Heritage Centre.

 


Durham Heritage CentreDurham Museum and Heritage Centre

A small but fascinating local history museum. For a small charge you can do some interesting brass rubbing.

CHARGES.

Hours vary.

 


PLG

Durham Light Infantry (DLI) Collection Gallery, Palace Green Library

The DLI Collection Gallery tells the history of the regiment through the stories of the soldiers who made it.

FREE. Café.

Hours vary. Usually weekdays, 9am – 5pm.

 


Old Durham Gardens Old Durham Gardens

Old Durham Gardens have existed for 350 years, originally as a private garden attached to a manor house. Today they are run by a voluntary group and can be reached via a pleasant walk along the river banks from Durham. Access by car is restricted.

FREE.

Hours vary.


Crook HallCrook Hall and Gardens

Only a 10 minute walk from the city centre, Crook Hall & Gardens are an oasis of calm, with delightful themed gardens to explore. The hall itself has a medieval hall, as well as Jacobean and Georgian elements and even has a resident ghost!

CHARGES. Café.

Hours vary but usually open Sunday – Wednesday.


Botanic GardenDurham University Botanic Garden

Set amongst beautiful, peaceful woodlands on the outskirts of the city (close to Howlands Park and Ride or a 20 min walk from the city centre) the University’s botanic gardens were founded on this site in 1970, primarily for teaching and research.  Educational as well as beautiful, the gardens are a pleasant place to spend a few hours. There are often special events.

CHARGES. Café. Open 10am -5pm in Summer, and until 4pm in Winter.


Oriental MuseumDurham University Oriental Museum

A fascinating museum with collections from North Africa to South East Asia, about 30 minutes walk from the city centre.

CHARGES. Café.

Hours: 10am – 5pm on weekdays, 12pm – 5pm at weekends

 


Archaeology

Museum of Archaeology, Palace Green Library

Learn about 10,000 years of Durham’s history in this fascinating exhibition

FREE. Café.

Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday – Sunday, and 12pm-5pm on Monday.

 

 


You’ll also find a lot of additional information about places to visit in and around Durham on the official ThisIsDurham website.