Durham Attractions

Durham's medieval character has been carefully preserved, making today's city a compact living museum with a wide range of modern facilities. Most of the city centre is pedestrianised, with life centred on the cobbled Market Place, where street entertainers provide amusement and modern shops and restaurants trade happily alongside the old Victorian Market.

Along the riverbanks, which border the town on three sides, meandering paths and river cruisers provide a peaceful alternative to sightseeing and shopping. The Sarah P. Duke Gardens also offer a lovely setting for picnics and strolls.

The main sightseeing attractions of the city are Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral, jointly declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the many beautiful historic old buildings of Durham University.

Other worthwhile attractions include the Museum of Life and Science, the medieval manor house of Crook Hall, and the Durham Heritage Centre, which introduces visitors to the fascinating history of the old city. Those wanting to buy crafts or witness local artists in action should head down to the interesting selection of studios along the river which collectively form Fowlers Yard Creative Workspaces.

Durham Castle and Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

Celebrated, together with Durham Castle, as one of Britain's first UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Durham Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in England. Building began on the church in 1093, and it was largely completed after about 40 years. An...  see full details



Durham Heritage Centre

Durham Heritage Centre

Durham's colourful local history museum is housed in a medieval church, offering some interactive, fun and interesting exhibits that detail the story of Durham, from ancient times to the present day. Situated close to the UNESCO-listed cathedral and castle, the Durham Heritage Centre contains...  see full details



An artist at work

Fowlers Yard Creative Workspaces

A row of stables along the River Wear close to the historic heart of Durham has been converted into a set of creative workspaces, where local artists can be seen at work. Visitors can watch crafts like woodcarving, glasswork, painting, micro brewing, embroidery and...  see full details



Crook Hall

Crook Hall

Durham's beautiful, Grade 1-listed medieval manor house, Crook Hall, dates from around the 13th century, and is a short distance from the town centre. The house and magnificent gardens are open to the public, and cream teas are served in a pretty courtyard...  see full details



Durham Castle

Durham Castle

Few buildings in the world can claim to have been in constant use for more than 900 years, but the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Castle is one of them. It was originally built in the 11th century (opposite Durham Cathedral), to...  see full details