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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.

FREE

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.

CHARGES

Hours: Open every day.

 

 


Prince BishopTake a Short Cruise on the Prince Bishop Boat

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

CHARGES

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

 

CHARGES

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. 

FREE

 

 


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

CHARGES

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.

CHARGES

Saturdays, from June to September.