Durham Visitor information


An Introduction to Durham

Durham, a cathedral city with a fine Norman Castle, dating from 1073 (currently a college of Durham University and the oldest student accommodation in the world) is fortified by a tight loop of the River Wear. Bill Bryson, in Notes from a Small Island said of the place, "Why, it's a perfect little city. If you have never been to Durham, go there at once. Take my car. It's wonderful." 

Things to do in Durham

Durham Cathedral, a world heritage site, is the shire of St. Cuthbert and regarded as one of the best examples of Norman architecture along with Durham Castle. The university hosts the Oriental Museum. The DLI Museum and Gallery tells 200 years of regimental history. Crook Hall and Gardens are free and Killhope Lead Mining Museum is attractive to all ages with 4 working water wheels in this victorian mine.

Getting to Durham

By Car 

Durham is served by the A1/A1(M) motorway which provides, fast, easy access from the South, it takes over four hours to travel from London. From the North the A1 coastal route or the A68 cross-country 'holiday route' through Northumberland and Border country. From the West, the A66 provides a scenic cross-Pennine route from the Lake District and M6 motorway.

By Coach and Bus 

There are several National Express coach services daily to Durham from London and other major centres.  Within the city Arriva runs most of the services.

By Train 

There are around 16 main line services to Durham from London, covering the journey in about 3 hours. Trains also run from most other parts of Britain. 

By Air 

Durham is easily accessible from Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley Airports, both served by regular domestic and international flights.