Travel Guides

Find inspiring locations, hotel reviews, travel advice and more!

Why You Should Visit Durham City

Andrew Bartlett by Andrew Bartlett

Why You Should Visit Durham City

Durham is definitely one of the UK’s hidden gems. According to Bill Bryson, Durham contains a “huge amount of history, a huge amount of beauty, and a great deal of friendliness.” What else could you want from a city?

Nestled in the North East of England, this fine city is situated just a stone’s throw away from Newcastle and has excellent transport links. Renowned for being one of the first World Heritage Sites in the UK, Durham has a rich past which is steeped in history, which certainly hasn’t been forgotten today.

We have created a list of six reasons to visit Durham City...

Remember to download RoarApp from the App Store to get local and reliable reviews of all the nearest bars, restaurants and hotels in Durham and the surrounding area!

Save up to 50% when booking your Hotel in Durham City with

It’s magnificent cathedral

It was magical enough to be featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and it’s certainly just as magical in real life. Situated prominently above the city below and surrounded by the sweeping river, it’s a must-visit for those in the area.

The cathedral, which is home to the Shrine of St Cuthbert, is breathtaking from every angle - but you can really appreciate its true beauty when you are close up.

By night, the cathedral is a beautiful sight as it is bathed in light against the night sky.

Save money on your hotels when booking in Durham with

The River Wear

The River Wear sweeps through the centre of Durham and is perfect for a daytime stroll along the bank.

It’s incredibly picturesque and looks beautiful regardless of the season - remember to take your camera!

It’s great independent shops and cafes

In addition to the major high-street names you would expect in a city, Durham has a great selection of independent shops and cafes along its cobbled streets.

Vennels Cafe on Saddler Street is home to some of the most delicious cakes in the North East, and Flat White, again on Saddler Street, is a great artisan cafe which offers a mean brunch!

You can find all of Durham's great independent shops and cafes all on Roars App! download on the App store for free!!

It’s castles

There are several castles in and around Durham - the major one being Durham Castle. Occupied since the 11th century, the castle is now home to University College students, part of Durham University.

You can take a guided tour of the castle (given buy students during term-time), discover a mind-boggling labyrinth of galleries and great halls, learn more about the castle’s iconic history and how it functions on a day-to-day basis.

Save up to 50% when booking hotels in Durham with

It’s enormous calendar of events

Durham has a packed year-round calendar of events, taking place in the city and within close proximity to the centre.

The highlight of Durham’s event calendar is definitely Durham Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival with installations from various artists across the entire city, taking place 16th-19th November 2017.

Durham Christmas Festival is a great event for all the family, which is taking place 1st-3rd December 2017. With almost 200 market stalls for Christmas shopping, local food and drink producers, carol-singing and family entertainment, the Christmas Festival is sure to be a great day out which will really get you in the Christmas spirit!

There are also various food, drink and music festivals throughout the year, as well as international sporting matches and music events at Emirates Riverside stadium, attended by visitors from all over the globe.

Don't forget to Download our Free App to help you where ever it may be your traveling too!

Related Posts

​Why Mermaid Street in Rye, UK Is A Must Visit!

​Why Mermaid Street in Rye, UK Is A Must Visit!

Sunday, 21st February 2021

One of the main tourist attractions in Rye is, of course, Mermaid Street – and the Mermaid Inn, the cobbled street, the period houses, the history, intrigue and atmosphere attract tourists all year round.

Read More

​Five Amazing Facts About the Long Room at Trinity in Dublin, Ireland

​Five Amazing Facts About the Long Room at Trinity in Dublin, Ireland

Sunday, 21st February 2021

Introducing the Long Room, one of Ireland’s most famous sites located at the Library of Trinity College in Dublin.

Read More

​5 UK Destinations You Need To ROAM IN 2021

​5 UK Destinations You Need To ROAM IN 2021

Monday, 25th January 2021

Holidaying on home turf, albeit a little forced upon us recently, has never seemed so appealing. Nor – largely as a result of the pandemic – has it been so sought after; watching a growing wave of interest sweep across the UK’s best cities and beautiful landscapes, the travel industry is racing to curate exceptional staycation experiences.

Read More

Search Flights

Explore Categories

Explore Archive