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All Pointers are volunteers and these are our own personal suggestions of things we enjoy doing in Durham:
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 Walk: 3miles, 1.5 hrs
Durham City North Walk: 4.5 miles, 3 hrs
Durham Peninsular Walk: 1-2 hrs
Enjoy a relaxing row around the city in a traditional hand-built rowing boat.
Hours: Open every day.
Enjoy views of Durham City and Cathedral from the river, with an entertaining and informative commentary.
Hours: Sailing times vary. Check website for details.
Solve the puzzles and find a way to escape in the Durham Escape Rooms
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.
Admire the restored Victorian Market Hall and browse over 50 independent stalls.
Open Monday – Saturday, 9am – 4:30pm.
Enjoy a dip at the local swimming pool and leisure centre
Hours: see website
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
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.