Durham- At a Glance

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

Despite the grand architecture, Durham doesn’t really feel like a city - in a good way.

Maybe you recognise it from Downton AbbeyVictoria or the Harry Potter films? The city’s characterful streets make the perfect backdrop for costume dramas.

First stop: Durham Cathedral. This incredible Norman place of worship has been at the heart of the city since the 11th century and makes up Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside Durham Castle and the buildings between.


But that’s not all to entice history lovers. As well as the city’s sights, nearby not-to-be-missed attractions include Beamish, an immense living history museum with actual street set-ups, and Auckland Castle.


Make time to explore the beautiful parks, gardens and natural wonders of the region too. Stretch your legs on a walking round the city or go on a longer hike in the North Pennines or along the Durham Heritage Coast.

Getting to this wonderful city to enjoy its quaint village style, architecture fantastic museums and surrounding outstanding natural beauty is easy. Durham Railway station is well connected. You’ll be able to catch regular LNER- London North Eastern Railway, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and Northern services. The station is on the East Coast Mainline with direct services to and from London, Leeds, Hull, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.

OurStay has compiled a comprehensive guide for the region so you can enjoy the best of attractions and sights whilst staying at the finest of Britain’s family friendly hotels, hand picked by our experts. To read more about this region, explore OurStay’s North East Guide.

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