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Durham Activity Ideas & Things to Do

Things to Do & Activities for groups in Durham

Days out, activity packages and activities in the Durham area

County Durham
Durham Day Activities
Durham Night Activities

Things to do and see in Durham

Durham is based in County Durham and it is situated in the North of England. It is known for its university and it is close to Newcastle upon Tyne. Durham has a strong medieval history and it is known for its areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Travelling to Durham

There are excellent train links to Durham with many of the UKs major towns and cities catered for by daily intercity links to Durham. By car, Durham can be accessed via the A1, A68 and A69. For those that prefer to travel by air, the nearest airport to Durham is Newcastle and there are frequent flights. Durham has its own small airport. Some of the major coach firms offer regular journeys to Durham and it can also be reached by ferry.

Major Railway Stations and Airports

The major airport in Durham is the Durham Tees Valley Airport, which is situated in Darlington, and Durham railway station has good links with major cities in the UK.

Landmarks in Durham

Famous landmarks in Durham include Durham’s cathedral and castle, Causey Arch and Eggelstone Abbey.

Must do places to visit

The stunning scenery of the Durham Heritage Coast shouldn’t be missed by any visitor to Durham; it looks spectacular at sunrise. Raby Castle and the Durham Dales are also considered among the must-see places to visit.

Places to visit during the day

The impressive Durham cathedral and the castle are popular among tourists and would be considered essential places to visit. Visitors with a taste for adventure might like to indulge in some water sports as Durham is an excellent city for water skiing and sailing. There is also plenty of opportunity for walking and cycling

Durham is also a good place for nature lovers. Places to visit include the Northern Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Durham Dales.

There are also museums to explore and Durham is a city known for its ghosts, so look out for ghost trails, and Moor House has a nature reserve. There are plenty of picnic spots and the botanical gardens have to be seen. For family days out, try the Tweedle Children’s Animal Farm, Adventure Valley or Spennymoor Leisure Centre. Top Gear karting and the Dolphin Centre are also excellent for families. In addition, there are plenty of tea rooms and cafes for getting refreshments.

Places to visit during the night

Durham is well-served with pubs, clubs and restaurants; however, there aren’t many night clubs in Durham. The Duke of Wellington, the South Causey Inn and The Shepherd and Shepherdess are well-known Inns and pubs in Durham. Other night time venues include The Grey Horse, Crooners Champagne Bar and the Loveshack night club. The Ebony Champagne bar is also recommended.

For evening dining, there are numerous restaurants in Durham and something for everyone’s tastes. These include Finbarr’s Restaurant, Zen, and Ciao Ciao.

Sports in Durham

Durham has a cricket league and there are regular fixtures all throughout the summer. There is also the Durham City AFC football club; details of fixtures can be found on the official website. Cricket fans will also want to visit the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground.

In addition, Durham has a rugby club and there is a Durham raft race in June; horse racing fans will want to visit the Sedgefield Racecourse.

Festivals in Durham

Durham is known for the Lumiere Festival, which is held over a period of four nights in the winter. As part of the festival, local and international artists, lighting designers and community groups come together for the festival of light. There is also the Durham Christmas Festival, the Brass Festival in the summer and the Durham Streets summer festivals. Moreover, Durham is home to a book festival and the Great North Festival of Transport.

Best times of year to visit Durham

The best time of year to visit Durham depends on the activities that people want to do and see. The summer is a good time for festivals such as the Durham Streets festival or the Brass Festival.

Worst Times of year to visit Durham

This is rather subjective because it really depends on what the tourist is looking for. Summer tends to busy as there is a lot festivals and events, but if you want a quieter time to visit, then you might like the autumn and winter months better.

Places to Avoid in Durham

Durham is a largely safe place, and it doesn’t seem to have any more trouble than the average town or city. Some people give the standard advice to not walk alone at night, while others state that North Street can be rowdy in the evenings after the pubs have closed. Some people also advise to not walk down by the river at night time.

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