As things changed so much last year we created a weekly listing of attractions in the city to ensure we provide the most up to date information we can. Over winter this became a monthly listing. We cannot guarantee accuracy, so please check with individual attractions (links below) before making any plans. See also our list of Annual Events.

Scroll down for available public toilets and transport info.

NOTE: Crook Hall is closed permanently

 Attraction Open or Closed Information

Events Jan and Feb:

4th-31st Jan Winter Wonderland, Botanic Gardens – spotter sheet (Note, free entry to gardens for 2 weeks from 10 Jan)

3/1 to 23/2 Save the animals from Dr Frostbite – fun family walk, Wharton Park

until 30th Apr Prehistoric and Roman archaeology, Palace Green Library

5th Feb 10.30-4.00  Lunar New Year Celebrations

17th Feb Food Producers and crafters market, Market Place

Durham Cathedral OpenMon – Sat 10am -4pm Sunday 12noon- 4pm. 
 Durham Cathedral Museum 
Tours usually available to book. Check online
 Cathedral Tours  and   Cathedral Tower ToursOpen

Cathedral tours: Mon-Sat,10.30,11.30,1.30. Max 12

Tower tours: Mon-Sat 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, Sun 1pm, 2pm. Max 25 

Advance booking not available. Tickets from visitor desk. 

Oriental Museum Open Wed- Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 12noon – 4pm.
Prebooking online essential up to 1 week ahead. Free
Botanic Garden Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm Visitor centre open. Toilets open. Charges
Note for 2 weeks from 10th Jan entry is free but Visitor Centre closed
Durham CastleOpen for guided tours Guided Tours (in the afternoons during academic term and mornings and afternoons during university holidays). Book online or at PGLibrary
Durham University: Palace Green Library.


 Archives and Special Collections by appointment.
Archaeology Museum. 


Daily 10am – 5pm. Prebook combined Archaeology and DLI tickets – free. Max 6/booking
DLI Gallery. Open  Daily 10am – 5pm Prebook combined Archaeology and DLI tickets- free. Max 6/booking
World Heritage Site Visitor Centre Open Relocated to Palace Green Library. Open 10am-5pm 
Durham Museum and Heritage Centre  Closed (but please check)Closed until Spring 2022
 Rowing boatsClosed.See website.
Around Durham City Tours Open Private group and individual tours daily, prebook. 
 Fowlers Yard Open Individual shop hours may vary
 Durham Market Hall Open Mon-Sat 9am -4.30pm

 Town Hall  OpenWed-Sat 10am-3pm Free
Wharton Park Park open 24hrs Toilets open 10am -4pm 
Café  Wed-Sun 10-4pm
  Prince Bishop River CruiserOpen intermittently Check daily at the boat.

Transport: City Centre Parking Parking is currently free after 2pm in council car parks (excluding Wharton Park)and on street parking meters
 Transport: Cathedral Bus40: Station to Cathedral Route
40A Coach drop off to cathedral
  40 (Station – Cathedral): Between 9.50am -3.50pm Mon-Sat
40A (Coach drop off – Cathedral): Between 10.10 to 15.45 Mon-Sat
No online timetable 
 Transport: Park and Ride  Open  7am -7pm Toilets available
Belmont (near A1M junction with A690)
Howlands (on A177 to south of city)
Sniperley  (A167/A691 junction to west of city)
 Toilets (all have disabled access)
 Durham Market HallOpen Mon-Sat 9am -4.30pm
 Prince Bishop Shopping CentreOpen Daily 10am -6pm
 Palace Green Open 8am – 6pm
 Wharton Park Visitor Centre Open 10am – 4.30pm
 Railway Station Open During operating hours
 Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre Open Mon- Fri 6.30am – 9.30pm, Sat 7.30am- 7.00pm, Sun 7.30am-5.30pm
 Gala Theatre and CinemaOpen Mon–Sat 9.30am -9.00pm. Sun 2.30pm-9pm
 Cathedral Open Mon – Sat 10am -4pm, Sunday 12noon- 4pm
 Riverwalk Open 9am- midnight
 Bus Station Closed
 Park and Ride sites Open 7am-7pm