Visiting Durham? Here’s the things you MUST see.

Where to Stay in Durham

DurhamUKweather.Com is not a travel site and we don’t profess to be experts in the field, but if you fancied visiting Durham at any point, here’s a link to maps where you can find out which local hotels, b&b and guesthouses are available on the dates you are interested in. If you want to stay somewhere else, just type it into the “Where are you going?” box.

Things to See in Durham

beautiful daffodils at durham botanic garden 11th march 2019Durham Botanical Garden 

Durham University’s 10 hectare Botanic Garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham city. Open to the public, the Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of landscapes to explore and discover, with guests young and old visiting throughout the year.


Durham Cathedral

picture of Sunset over Durham Cathedral from New Elvet, September 2005Set on a rocky promontory next to the Castle, with the medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping round, the profile of the Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site is instantly recognisable to travellers on the East Coast railway line. It is probably the most spectacular station approach in the Country! The main tower of the Cathedral is now open again to climb after restoration work. The effort is worth it as the vista is superb from the top.

picture of durham castle from beside the river wearDurham Castle

It is likely at a Saxon fortress existed on the site now occupied by Durham Castle from around the 10th century. The earliest surviving parts of the Castle date from around 1072 when William the Conquerer ordered the construction of a new fort. Since this time the Castle has had a fascinating history as fortress, palace and finally as a college of Durham University.


Probably one of the world’s greatest collection of Pugin family architecture, there are a whole host of reasons to visit Ushaw and its Park & Gardens, but wherever your interests lie, there will be something here for you to enjoy.

Ushaw is truly one of the hidden jewels in Durham’s crown and is steeped in history dating back to its foundation in Douai, France in 1568. Our stunning Chapels, Refectory, Exhibition Hall & Parlour are each must see attractions in their own right and the unique and tranquil atmosphere of Ushaw makes it a remarkable and incomparable place that you will want to return to time and time again.

The Oriental Museum

From Ancient Egypt to modern China, we are the only museum in the North of England devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of Northern Africa and Asia. The museum has a collection of more than 23,500 Chinese, Egyptian, Korean, Indian, Japanese and other far east and Asian artefacts.


Crook Hall and Gardens

The 13th century Grade I listed Medieval hall in Durham City provides a spectacular backdrop to the stunning gardens. Visitors from all over the world come to share in the timeless magic of Crook Hall and leave inspired by these idyllic English themed gardens. Soak up the atmosphere over a home-made cream tea in the pretty courtyard or in front of a log fire in the Georgian dining room. The gardens are just a short walk from Durham City’s bustling market place. Country Life described the Hall as having “history, romance and beauty”, and it’s just waiting to capture your heart.

The Riverside

picture of River Wear and Durham Cathedral from Prebends Bridge

The River Wear loops around Durham Cathedral in the city and it’s possible to follow the riverside paths to get a different view of things. Walk along past the Fulling Mill and get spectacular views of the Cathedral, or watch the wildlife, we have Salmon, Otters and Kingfishers here. Take to the water in rowing boats, or relax with bubbly on the Prince Bishop river cruise. There’s always something to watch.

Durham Notable Events

Early June – Durham Regatta
Join a spectacular weekend of racing and River Wear side entertainment at the Durham Regatta. The two-day event regularly boats over 250 entries, racing over a 700m course from the Rowing Club up to Baths Bridge.

July – Durham Miners Gala and Brass Festival
Get in the summer swing and celebrate all things brass with the welcome return of Durham Brass Festival – a county-wide celebration of brass-inspired music-making, with brilliant bands and musicians from across the globe descending on Durham. Visitors will also be able to join in the traditional mining heritage celebrations at the Durham Miner’s Gala. The event which takes over Durham City includes funfair, stalls, brass bands and marches plus lots more. It regularly attracts over 100,000 people.

October – Durham Book Festival
Founded in 1990, the annual celebration of all things book returns to take over historic Durham City, with a host of household names, book-based discussions and interactive events.

November – Lumiere Light Festival (every 2nd year)
The UK’s largest light festival returns to Durham City with four magical evenings of light. The festival will light up Durham City with artworks and installations illuminating the city in delightful and unexpected ways during November. It’s only here every other year, so don’t miss it.

Early December – Durham Christmas Festival
Durham’s award-winning Traditional Christmas Festival has Christmas all wrapped up with three days of festive fun across the city. The festival transforms Durham City into a Christmas wonderland featuring over 200 indoor and outdoor stalls, local producers market inside the stunning Durham Cathedral Cloisters, street entertainment, children’s lantern parade, live music plus lots more.