All Pointers are volunteers and these are our own personal suggestions of things we enjoy doing in Durham:


RiverbankWalk Around the River Banks and the City Centre

For beautiful views of the city, take some time to stroll around the peaceful riverbanks. Walks can be as short as 20 minutes or last an hour or two. The river bank is easily accessed from the city centre.


Durham Pointers have 3 walks leaflets available from our trike in the Market Place, full of interesting information to spot along the way. We ask for a small voluntary donation for these.

Alternatively, Visit Durham suggest several walks and provide a downloadable map for each:

Durham Riverside Walk3miles, 1.5 hrs

Durham City North Walk4.5 miles, 3 hrs

Durham Peninsular Walk1-2 hrs

Rowing BoatsHire a Rowing Boat on the River

Enjoy a relaxing row around the city in a traditional hand-built rowing boat.


Hours: Open every day.



Prince BishopTake a Short Cruise on the Prince Bishop River Cruiser

Enjoy views of Durham City and Cathedral from the river, with an entertaining and informative commentary.


Hours: Sailing times vary. Check website for details.


Durham Escape

Test Your Skills in the Escape Rooms

Solve the puzzles and find a way to escape in the Durham Escape Rooms



Hours: see website


Horse statue

Follow the Durham Heritage Sculpture Trail

Download the booklet, or pick up a printed copy from the Pointers in the Market Place and discover the historic sculptures in the city. 




Market Hall

Explore the Historic Indoor Market

Admire the restored Victorian Market Hall and browse over 50 independent stalls.

FREE. Café.

Open Monday – Saturday, 9am – 4:30pm.


Freemans Quay

Swim at Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre 

Enjoy a dip at the local swimming pool and leisure centre


Hours: see website



Wharton Park

Walk Around Wharton Park and Enjoy the City Views

Twenty minutes walk from the market place, the recently refurbished city park offers spectacular views across the city and has 2 separate children’s play areas. and a miniature car track

FREE. Café (10am-4pm)

Hours: 24 hrs


Tourist GuideBook a Guided Walking Tour

Accompany a Blue Badge tour guide around Durham City Centre for around 1.5 hours to learn more about the history of the City.


Saturdays, from June to September.