"Grey towers of Durham, yet well I loved thy mixed and massive piles"
Walter Scott



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Postcode: DH1 | code search
Population: 43000
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Folk Customs:
Durham Miners Gala
Greatham Sword Dance
Singing from Durham Cathedral Tower

Durham Events

Annual Easter Chick Hunt
Brilliant Bonnets
Easter Activities
Easter Activities
Treasure Trail

Friends of the Garden Plant Sale
May Day Madness
World Heritage Site Weekend

Celebrate the Summer Solstice
Durham Raft Race: Wet & Wacky on the River Wear
Durham Regatta
Nissan Benfield’s Last Night of The Proms

Durham Miner's Gala
Festival of British Archaeology
MG Car Display

Ancient Egypt
DLI Military Vehicle Rally
Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Durham Military Tattoo
Durham Punk Festival
Heritage Open Days

Half Term Family Activities
Halloween Crook Hall
The Durham City Walk

A Traditional Victorian Christmas
Carols of Light
Durham Traditional Christmas Festival

Latest reviews

Crook Hall & Gardens
"What a wonderful place this is. Well hidden yet within walking distance of the city centre. The house was very interesting - its history and architecture are well displayed and the ..." More

The Bay Horse Inn
"What a treasure. Although the weather was lousy, my wife and I had a super time. Durham itself is charming, steeped in history, with the most fantastic cathedral. As for ..." More

Bridge House Dental Surgery
"Formerly this practice was a partnership business which I have been attending for up to 30 years but there has been a massive deterioration in the operation since the takeover ..." More

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"Depending on the part of Durham you plan to visit, parking near the prison is often easier and cheaper than in the town centre. It is not far to walk ..." More

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Situated thirteen miles southwest of Sunderland is the historical county town of Durham, within the City of Durham in County Durham in the north east of England. The river Wear flows through the city enclosing the centre on three sides, creating what is known as the Durham Peninsula. It is thought to have been settled around 2000BC and was named for its steep, hilly embankments, “Dun-holm” is an early English term meaning “hill island”. It is possible to trace the origins of the present city back to 995 AD when a group of monks from Lindisfarne chose the strategic high place and prominent position to settle with the body of St.Cuthbert, whose remains are still contained within the present cathedral, built in 1093, along with those of the Venerable Bede. Facing the cathedral, which dominates the city, Durham Castle was built by the Normans from 1071 on the return of William the Conqueror from his campaigns in Scotland. The two buildings are jointly designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the original six in the United Kingdom. The castle has been home to University College, the first college of Duham University, since 1837. The steep, densely wooded riverbanks add to the picturesque beauty of the city and to the west of the city lies another river, the Browney, which joins the Wear to the south. In total, there are 630 listed buildings within the city, 569 of which are within the central conservation area. The Scots regularly besieged the town of Durham during the following three centuries. During medieval times, it was a major centre of both political and ecclesiastical power with County Durham being a palatinate, ruled by Prince Bishops who had secular authority and considerable autonomy from Westminster able to mint their own coinage, dispense their own justice and maintain their own armies until the Reformation in 1832 removed their extraordinary powers. During the nineteenth century, Durham grew as a centre for the coal mining industry.


Allensford Park
Ankers House
Botanic Garden
Crook Hall & Gardens
Croxdale Hall
Derwent Walk
Durham Castle
Durham Cathedral
Durham Coast
Durham Heritage Centre
Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery
Durham World Heritage Site
Finchale Priory
Houghall College
Monks Dormitory
Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology
Pow Hill Country Park
Prince Bishop River Cruiser
Seaton Holme

The Oriental Museum
Treasures of St Cuthbert
University of Durham Botanical Garden
Whitworth Hall Country Park


College of St Hild & St Bede *book online*
Collingwood College *book online*
Durham Business School *book online*
Hatfield College *book online*
Premier Inn Durham City Centre *book online*
Premier Inn Durham East *book online*
Premier Inn Durham North *book online*
Travelodge Durham *book online*


Finchale Abbey
Grange Caravan Club Site
Strawberry Hill Farm

Care Home

Belmont Grange Care Home


Dance - Belly Dancing with Ruth Wood
Yoga - Yoga with Terri


Klute Nightclub


Durham City Council


Belmont Dental Practice
Bridge House Dental Surgery
Claypath Dental Practice
Metcalfe House Dental Surgery
Mr P Newton
Oasis Dental Care Ltd
PCT Dental Services


Chastleton Medical Group
Dunelm Medical Practice
Harrison & Partners
Munro & Harrison
St Margarets Health Centre

Estate Agent

Ashley Smith
Bairstow Eves North East Ltd
General Accident Property Services
Munro Estates
Reeds Rains Estate Agents
Robinson Clough & Kearns

Stuart Edwards Estate Agents
Urban Base

Farmers Market

Durham City Farmers Market

Golf Club

Brancepeth Castle
Cocken Lodge Golf Course and Golf Driving Range
Durham City
Mount Oswald Golf Club
Ramside Golf Club

Health and Fitness Club

Bannatyne Health Club
Future Fitness


Royal Oak
Seven Stars Inn
The Lambton Hounds Inn
The Lodge
The Lodge


Durham City Farmers Market
Durham City Outdoor Market
Durham Country Market
Durham Indoor Market

Performing Arts

County Youth Orchestra

Durham Cathedral Choir
Durham Singers
Gala Theatre
Northern Star (Dance)
Stagecoach Theatre Arts

Pub and Bar

Bistro 21
Chester Moor Public House
Court Inn
Market Tavern
Saddle Market
Tap & Spile
The Avenue Inn
Three Horse Shoes
Travellers Rest
Travellers Rest
Victoria Inn
Whitworth Hall Hotel


Bella Italia
Bistro 21
Bistro Italiano
Browns Restaurant
Pump House Restaurant
Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club
Ristaurante San Marco
Royal Oak
Warehouse (The)
Whitworth Hall Hotel
Yoko Peppanyaki


Bow School
Durham High School for Girls
Durham Johnston Comprehensive
Durham School
Gilesgate Comprehensive School
Northern Star (Dance)

St Joseph’s RC Primary School
St Leonard’s RC Comprehensive School
St Margaret’s C of E Primary School
St Oswalds’s C of E Infant School
Stagecoach Theatre Arts
The Chorister School


Littlewhite Farm Cottages


Andrews Angel
Blackett Hart & Pratt
Browell Smith
Hall & Co Solicitors
Independent Legal Services
Kepier Law
Smith & Graham
Swinburne Maddison


City Taxis
Coach Hire Durham
Colors Private Hire
Direct Taxis
Dunelm Taxis

Durham Mini Bus Hire
Freedom Private Hire
Paddys Taxis
Pratts Taxis
Woodmans Taxis


Gala Theatre


Gilmoor Veterinary Group

Sports Clubs

Darlington (Women's Hockey)
Darlington (Men's Hockey)
Durham ARC (Rowing)
Durham City (Women's Hockey)
Durham City (Men's Hockey)
Durham City CC (Cricket)
Durham City RFC (Rugby Union)
Durham Judo Kwai (Martial Arts)
Lanchester LTC (Tennis)
Odinians Boat Club (Rowing)
Sunderland Ladies (Women's Hockey)


Waterstones Booksellers Ltd
W H Smith Ltd

The Works
Cathedral Florists
W F S Flowers
Low Butterby Farm
H Coates & Son
Early Learning Centre
Horns Garden Centre
Lanchester Nurseries
Noahs Ark
Pets At Home Ltd
Whittard of Chelsea
Poplar Tree Garden Centre
Dorothy Perkins
Leaks Chemist
Scorpio Shoes
Gateway World Shop
J D Sports
Glass & Art Gallery
The Angel Room
PC World
The Land of Roots Ltd
H Samuel
Ernest Jones
Moray Firth Audio
Lloyds Pharmacy
Edinburgh Woollen Mill
Barratt Shoes
Julian Graves
T K Maxx
Box Clothing
Durham Carpet Centre
Brambles Coffee Shop
Premier Party
Claire De Lune Florists
Simon Berry Optometrist
Creature Comforts
Pure Weddings UK
Broom House Farm
River Island


Station House Antiques
Old & Gold


Ministry of Paintball(Adventure)
Skydive Academy Ltd(Airsports)

Durham City Archers(Archery)
Kascada Bowl(Bowling)
Cestria Cycling Club(Cycling)
Cycle Force 2000(Cycling)
Guided Walking Tours(Walking)
Long Distance Walks(Walking)

Places to Stay near Durham

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Premier Inn Durham City Centre (0.08 miles)

A great city centre location, this Premier Inn is conveniently located for amenities and attractions including historical markets, the Cathedral, Castle, Gala theatre, as well as various bars and restaurants. Conveniently located for Durham train ... More | visit website
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Durham Castle (0.17 miles)

Durham Castle

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The Gatehouse
Twin bedded rooms in a Medieval Gatehouse with en-suite facilities and views of the Castle Courtyard, gardens and the Cathedral.

The Fellows Garden Rooms
Recently built in traditional style, the Fellows Garden Building contains en-suite ... More | visit website

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Radisson SAS Durham (0.18 miles)

Radisson SAS Durham

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Boasting spectacular views of Durham Cathedral, this new, purpose-built hotel is set on the banks of the River Wear, in the centre of the city. Fully ... More

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Premier Inn Durham East (0.22 miles)

Ideally situated for both business and leisure guests. For business this hotel is near to Belmont business park. Located within easy reach of the A1(M). For shops and local amenities Durham city centre is only ... More | visit website
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Hatfield College (0.23 miles)

Hatfield College

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Hatfield College is situated in the heart of the City, in the shadow of the great Norman Cathedral and Heritage Site, and on the banks ... More | visit website

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Cathedral View Town House (0.27 miles)

Cathedral View Town House
Cathedral View Town House is situated in the heart of the picturesque Cathedral city of Durham. Guests can enjoy unrivalled views of the Cathedral and Castle, which is within a ten minute riverside walk.

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Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County (0.27 miles)

Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County

Set on the banks of the River Wear, the Durham Marriott is right at the heart of the historic Cathedral city. Many rooms offer spectacular views across the river and the city's dramatic skyline, as ... More | visit website

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Fallen Angel Restaurant with Rooms (0.28 miles)

Fallen Angel Restaurant with Rooms

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The Fallen Angel offers 10 completely indulgent, individually themed rooms in the heart of Durham City in a Georgian Grade II listed Town House and secluded Garden Apartments. There are ... More

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Grafton House (0.33 miles)

Grafton House is a boutique hotel providing luxury accommodation in the heart of the historic city of Durham. Formerly a private residence, on possibly the best street in Durham City, Grafton House has been created ... More | visit website
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The Bridge Hotel (0.37 miles)

The Bridge Hotel
The Bridge Hotel sits in the heart of Durham City where for over a decade it has offered a wide range of beers, wine, spirits and delicious home cooked food. Situated less than five minutes ... More | visit website

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