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Things to Do in Durham, County Durham - Durham Attractions

Things to Do in Durham


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  • Steve Buckley
    London, UK8,613 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and myself are currently visiting County Durham staying at the lovely Walworth Castle (Review to follow) and earlier today we visited Durham Cathedral.

    This was top of our visit list but - after having made the suggested £5 per person visit donations- although we enjoyed the time spent at the Cathedral we also found it a little disappointing (ie when compared with a number of other English Cathedrals - notably Winchester)!
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • NKay
    North East England, UK812 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We originally came just to see the highlands but we quickly fell in love with all the other animals too.
    My daughter is 14 so too old for the play areas but these looked great for the younger children.
    We fed goats, sheep, donkeys, ponies and alpacas,
    My daughter held a chick and fed a lamb.
    We then went for something quick to eat. We were served quickly and the food was with us quick too, it was nice to see that the food and drinks here weren’t overpriced. Most places are these days.
    We had a really lovely day.
    Written May 6, 2024
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  • Steve Buckley
    London, UK8,613 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and myself are currently holidaying in County Durham staying at the lovely Walworth Castle (Review to follow) and today visited another one in Durham!

    It is not difficult to find (ie opposite Durham Cathedral) but - as the Castle is now the home to 180 University of Durham (whom own the Castle) - can only be visited by going on one of the 4 daily organised Tours - tickets for which can be purchased (£4.50 for Seniors) at the nearby Booking Office.

    The Tour itself was well presented by another Durham University Student but - with so many of her fellow students fortunate enough to reside there - I found the range of attractions rather limited (ie the Dungeon has now become a Social Club). Even so, it’s still worth visiting but don’t do so with raised expectations!
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • Sarah t
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A definite highlight of our trip to Durham. The gardens here are a real treat, such a relaxing and beautiful place to visit. Friendly helpful staff.
    Written May 17, 2024
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  • Graham M
    Leeds, UK8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful museum with a varied and interesting collection. Particularly enjoyed the ancient Egyptian collection. Fascinating.
    Written March 26, 2024
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  • FyingKiwi
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,075 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A short very scenic and peaceful walk down both sides of the River Wear. Walkers are able to not only get some spectacular views of the river, occasional wildlife, Castle and Cathedral, but also stop for coffee break at one of a number of excellent coffee houses at the Milburngate Bridge end.
    Written April 27, 2024
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  • Ano N
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place, very friendly and helpful staff and excellent value for money. A short drive to Durham (10-15 minutes). Clean rooms. No TV’s in bedrooms, which was great! Excellent Wi-Fi. The only negative was the noisy bathroom fan that comes on automatically at about 6:20am and will wake you up unless you are a very heavy sleeper!
    Written May 18, 2024
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  • Kate B
    Northumberland, UK21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well maintained and pleasant garden with a variety of trails, greenhouses etc.

    Pleasant cafe/tearoom with plenty of seating indoors and out.

    Worth a visit if you’re in Durham.
    Written April 21, 2024
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  • Gemma S
    29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Some great views of the beach and the marina. The slopes/steps down to the beach and marina are quite steep so people with poor mobility may struggle a little bit. There are toilets and cafe/ice cream parlour in the marina. There can be seaglass found on the beach if you look around and several statues for point of interest pictures.
    Written May 15, 2024
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  • jilll692
    London212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous night at the Gala! Giovanni's show has great dancing, great songs, jokes and personality. I loved it! Great view from the seats (stalls). Very comfortable seating. Theatre has lots of eating/ drinking options around it. I've already booked to go back!
    Written March 3, 2024
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  • AJJP1
    Appleby-in-Westmorland, UK1,443 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had a wonderful walk on Blackhall Beach this afternoon .
    A huge, clean beach. Hardly anyone about .
    Easy free parking, nice paths down onto the beach . No litter .
    Signs of the coal heritage of the beach .

    Very good for dramatic photo opportunities.

    Great for Labrador’s
    Written January 10, 2023
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  • COLIN F
    Chesterfield, UK437 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stopped off here on a longish walk. Nice after the climb out of the town centre. Lovely historical area with plenty of benches for aging Walkers ! To be recommended !
    Written May 26, 2023
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