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The castle and quiet streets of this little medieval city are the perfect foil for its Norman cathedral, an imposing sandstone hulk rising above the deep wooded gorge of the River Wear. This sublime fusion of architecture and landscape is sited in a truly remarkable setting. Durham's intellectual reputation was confirmed with the foundation in 1832 of its university, which is England's oldest after Cambridge and Oxford. It is also the county town and a major administrative and commercial centre.

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Tourist attractions Durham : Things to see and do

  • Durham Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    GB - Durham DH1 3EH

    The beauty of this cathedral resides in its architectural unity. Most of the building was completed in a short time (1095-1133); and despite later additions the whole remains harmonious. The cathedral dominates the palace square, the university build..

  • Oriental Museum - University of Durham Recommended Recommended

    rd. Elvet GB - Durham DH1 3TH

    In a woodland setting, among the other university buildings, stands this modern museum containing Oriental treasures of archaeology and art, from Egypt to China. Temporary exhibitions.

  • Castle Interesting

    Palace Green GB - Durham DH1 3RW

    The romanesque architecture of the castle has often been changed, and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle is part of Durham University, and its keep was turned into a university residence for students in 1840. Inside, the upper levels ..

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Hotels Durham

  • Gadds Town House Five stars Five stars Five stars Five stars Five stars

    34 Old Elvet GB - Durham DH1 3HN

    Prix Prices from : 109 £

    Gadds Town House is set in a Grade II-Listed Georgian town house, offering individually themed rooms in Durham’s charming Old Elvet area. Durham Cathedral and the 11th-century castle are within 10 minutes' walk. Tastefully designed interiors feature..

  • Premier Inn Durham East Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Belmont Industrial Estate GB - Durham DH1 1GG

    Prix Prices from : 50 £

    Just off junction 62 of the A1(M) and less than 2 miles (3.2 km) from the very heart of Durham's city centre, the hotel offers comfortable, great-value rooms and free parking. The Premier Inn Durham East has a convenient location with easy access to..

  • Premier Inn Durham City Centre

    Freemans Place GB - Durham DH1 1SQ

    In the heart of Durham's city centre, within easy reach of the A1 and less than 500 metres from the castle and the train station, this modern hotel offers great value and spacious, modern rooms. The Premier Inn Durham City Centre is just 5 minutes' ..

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Restaurants Durham

  • Restaurant DH1 Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    The Avenue GB - Durham DH1 4DX

  • The Town House Comfortable restaurant 

    34 Old Elvet GB - Durham DH1 3HN

    Intimate hotel restaurant with a religious ceiling mural, a leopard print carpet and large purple chairs with gold tassels. Extensive menus are based around classic British dishes; steaks are a speciality and include chateaubriand for two.

  • Bistro 21 Comfortable restaurant 

    Aykley Heads House, Aykley Heads GB - Durham DH1 5TS

    Brightly painted restaurant with an internal courtyard and a herb garden. Formerly a manor house outbuilding, the rustic main room has high windows and French farmhouse styling; the bar is in a smaller vaulted room. Cooking is satisfying and filling,..

  • Finbarr's Comfortable restaurant 

    Waddington St, Flass Vale GB - Durham DH1 4BG

    Hidden away in a hotel just outside the city, a spacious restaurant with monochrome photos and well-spaced, smartly laid tables. Modern menus display international influences; the set menu provides good value. Smooth, professional service.

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