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


Attractions will be closed until further notice due to Covid19 crisis

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Walk around the river banks and city centre

Walk 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.

FREE

1. Durham Pointers have produced 3 detailed walks leaflets which give lots of interesting facts about the places you pass. They’re available from our Trike in the Market Place for a small donation.
2. Visit Durham suggest several walks and provide a downloadable map for each:

Durham Riverside Walk : 3miles, 1.5 hrs

Durham City North Walk: 4.5 miles, 3 hrs

Durham Peninsular Walk: 1-2hrs

Hire a rowing boat on the river

http://www.brownsboats.co.uk
Enjoy a relaxing row around the city on a traditional hand built rowing boat

CHARGES  
Hours: Open every day.

Take a cruise on the Prince Bishop

Go on a short cruise

http://www.princebishoprc.co.uk
Enjoy views of the city and cathedral from the river, with an entertaining and informative commentary.

CHARGES
Hours: Sailing times vary. Check website for details

Test your skills in the Escape Room

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

http://www.escapedurham.co.uk

CHARGES
Hours: see website

Book a guided walking tour

Around Durham City Tours 
offer daily guided walking tours lasting for about 1 hour.[cancelled until further notice 23.3.2020]
Other walking tours are also available:

 
CHARGES

Explore the historic indoor market

http://www.durhammarkets.co.uk/
 
Admire the restored Victorian Market Hall and browse over 50 independent stalls.

FREE
Cafe

Swim at Freeman’s Quay leisure centre

www.durham.gov.uk/freemansquayleisurecentre
 
Enjoy a dip at the local swimming pool and leisure centre
 
CHARGES
Hours: see website

Walk around Wharton Park and enjoy City Views

www.durham.gov.uk/whartonpark
 
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
Hours: 24 hrs
Café (10.00-4.00)

Digital Tour

DOWNLOAD AND FOLLOW A DIGITAL WALKING TOUR OF DURHAM

This digital walking tour reveals Durham in a way it’s never been seen before – while challenging families to test their knowledge of the city.

The ExplorAR Durham walking tour, which you can find at explorar.co.uk/walks, guides you around Durham’s key locations using the latest cutting edge technology.

With 360 degree panoramas, 3D models, interactive images and GPS, the tour provides a new insight into historic locations such as Palace Green, Old Shire Hall and Durham Marketplace. 

The walking tour also engages users with a series of quizzes and treasure hunts – turning a stroll around Durham into an adventure.

Most of the tour’s content can be accessed remotely, making it suitable for people thinking of visiting Durham, or people who are unable to get to the city centre.

Fowler’s Yard

www.fowlersyard.com
 

A small collection of artistic workspaces for artists and
craftspeople. On display are skills such as
wool spinning and fleecing, furniture restoration, jewellery design,
printmaking, hand embroidery, portrait painting, tapestry weaving, photography,
illustration and micro-brewing.​