If you’re anything like us and cannot sit still on a weekend, visiting Durham for a day (or two) is definitely a ‘must do’. This stunning historic city is situated in County Durham in North East England and is definitely one not to be missed. Its full of history with plenty of historic buildings, traditional English pubs, cute cobbled streets and unique boutiques.
Prior to arrival
There’s just two things to note prior to arrival, one is weather (this is England after all) and the other is parking. So make sure you pack suitable clothing and if you are driving, be sure to check where you can park and have change for the meters. If you have the option you can always get a train into the town centre, its about a 3hr journey North of London.
Undoubtedly the best way to get around Durham is by foot – so be sure to pack some comfy shoes and get walking. Durham is a friendly place, full of history as you will discover very quickly.
The famous Durham Cathedral
We were lucky enough to walk into this stunning Cathedral whilst a service was on, and got to hear the majestic choir echoing as we explored the grounds. You can take a guided tour for just £5, or just go at your own pace. There’s so much history in each step you walk – which made the Cathedral the perfect settling for some of the scenes in the Harry Potter sequel. Keep your eyes open for these hidden gems.
11th– century castle
Opposite Durham Cathedral you will find Norman castle – it is open to the general public through guided tours. Together with the cathedral this castle became a World Heritage site in 1986. You are only able to take a guided tour around the castle but its well worth a visit at only £5pp.
Walk the cobble streets
Take a stroll through the historic streets of Durham. With heaps of boutiques, independent shops and cute craft shops it really is a beautifully quaint and the perfect place to spend an afternoon.
I you have some extra time, be sure to make a trip to Durham Heritage Coast – a truly stunning location with its beaches, dunes, imposing headland and wild cliffs. Its only a short 30 minute drive away from the town centre and well worth the journey.