A few suggestions of things to do in Durham. Check with individual websites for up to date information. Our Facebook pages list current events and happenings in the city.

Walk around the river banks and 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. There are several links to walks leaflets below.

Durham Pointers walks leaflets

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 during the season for a small donation. 

Visit Durham downloadable maps
Visit Durham suggest several walks and provide a downloadable map for each, just click on the links for each walk below:

Durham Riverside Walk : 3miles, 1.5 hrs
Durham City North Walk: 4.5 miles, 3 hrs
Durham Peninsular Walk: 1-2hrs

Durham Cathedral riverside walks
Durham Cathedral have a series of themed riverside walk leaflets available on their website. Choose from photography, nature, geology, children’s, history, pilgrimage, orienteering.
The Cathedral are also running a series of guided History walks 1.5 miles long, £5pp, from 10.30-12.00 on the following dates in 2022: 14 May, 11 June, 23 Jul, 20 Aug, 24 Sept.

The Seven Hills Trail
The Durham Seven Hills Trail is a new (2022) trail.  The trail is 7 miles long and takes about 4hrs, taking in 10 of Durham’s treasures. A map leaflet can be obtained from Durham Town Hall.
As part of the 2020 virtual Durham Book Festival a Guided Walk entitled a Literary Pilgrimage of Durham was produced. You can download the podcasts for the walk from this site and follow the route around the city. A map of the walk is available on Google Earth and the transcript can also be downloaded here

Download a Digital Walking Tour

The ExplorAR Durham walking tour, which you can find at explorar.co.uk/walks, guides you around Durham’s key locations.

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.

Book a guided walking tour

Around Durham City Tours 
offer guided walking tours lasting for about 1 hour.
Other walking tours are also available:


Hire a rowing boat on the river

Enjoy a relaxing row around the city on a traditional hand built rowing boat

Hours: Open every day.

Take a cruise on the Prince Bishop

Go on a short cruise
[service currently suspended]Enjoy views of the city and cathedral from the river, with an entertaining and informative commentary.

Hours: Sailing times vary. 

Test your skills in the Escape Room

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


Hours: see website

Explore the historic indoor market

Admire the restored Victorian Market Hall and browse over 50 independent stalls.


Swim at Freeman’s Quay leisure centre

Enjoy a dip at the local swimming pool and leisure centre
Hours: see website

Walk around Wharton Park and enjoy 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
Hours: 24 hrs
Café (10.00-4.00)

Explore Fowler’s Yard

Durham’s Arts Quarter

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.​