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

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WALK AROUND THE RIVERBANKS AND THE 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

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

Durham Riverside Walk

http://www.thisisdurham.com/things-to-do/durham-riverside-walk-p671691
3miles, 1.5 hrs

Durham City North Walk

https://www.thisisdurham.com/things-to-do/durham-city-north-walk-p671401

4.5 miles, 3 hrs

Durham Peninsular Walk

http://www.thisisdurham.com/things-to-do/durham-peninsular-walk-p671711

HIRE A ROWING BOAT

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 ROOMS

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

http://www.escapedurham.co.uk

CHARGES
Hours: see website

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.
http://www.durham.gov.uk/media/20592/Durham-Heritage-Sculpture-Trail/pdf/DurhamHeritageSculptureTrail.pdf
 
FREE

BOOK A GUIDED WALKING TOUR

Walking tour

Accompany a blue badge guide around the city fro about 1.5 hours to learn more about the history of the city

 
CHARGES
Hours: Saturdays June-Sept

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)

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.