Whether you’re visiting as a family, a couple, or taking a solo trip, we have hand-picked our favourite places to visit in and around Durham City.
Overlooking the historical city, Durham Cathedral is a must-see when you visit. Constructed over 900 years ago, the cathedral is steeped in rich religious history and boasts stunning stained glass windows and breath-taking architecture.
Walk around the stunning cathedral or book an organised tour to learn all about this famous building. You can also book a slot to walk to the top of the cathedral tower and take in panoramic views of Durham stretching for miles! For any fans of Harry Potter, you can also walk the same steps the cast took when they filmed in the Cloisters during the first two instalments of the famous franchise.
You can find a range of activities for families and couples to enjoy in and around the Cathedral, including having a picnic in the beautiful grounds or having lunch in the cathedral’s cafe.
Take A Boat Ride Along Durham River
See the sights of Durham in a unique way by hiring one of the rowing boats and taking a ride along the picturesque River wear. This activity is perfect for families looking for something fun to do in the fresh air, or a romantic activity for couples. Step into your own traditional hand-built rowing boat and take a leisurely trip along the river.
Durham University Botanic Gardens
Situated on the southern outskirts of Durham City, the University Botanic Gardens is spread over 10 hectares of beautiful mature woodlands. Packed with a wide range of activities and stunning sites, the Botanic Gardens are something people of any age can enjoy, making it perfect for families, couples and solo visitors.
Open to the public all year round, visitors can explore unique landscapes and plant collections from around the world including: China, New Zealand, Chile and South Africa.
As well as plants and landscapes, you can also explore the Glasshouses filled with their collection of tropical bugs, insects and spiders including scorpions and tarantulas! If bugs aren’t your thing, you can go hunting for several hidden works of art scattered across the gardens, making it a fun activity for children and adults to enjoy!
Explore Independent Cafes, Restaurants and Shops
Whilst you’re taking in the sites of Durham, you can also find a wealth of independent businesses to explore. From book shops, to cosy cafes, to restaurants serving a range of cuisines, you can find a huge range of independent businesses in and around Durham to enjoy.
So you can experience unique places and support our local and independent businesses in and around the city!