About Durham

Durham lies in the heart of North East England, one of the country's most vibrant and rapidly developing regions. Within a short distance of Durham, visitors can experience dynamic cities, an unforgettable stretch of coastline, and a wealth of historic and natural wonders. The sights and sounds of Newcastle and Gateshead are only 15 minutes' train journey north of Durham.  The Durham coastline was awarded heritage status in 2001 and offers the visitor stunning clifftop scenery, beautiful beaches, and miles of walking and cycle routes. Further north, the untouched beauty of the Northumberland coast, dotted with castles and islets, cannot help but leave a lasting impression.  


Few venues in the world can rival the splendour, prestige and heritage of the City of Durham.  Located on a dramatic peninsula overlooking the River Wear, Durham’s unique Norman Cathedral and Castle not only dominate the skyline but they are also a designated World Heritage Site. Durham is a small and compact city, with everything is within easy walking distance. Just minutes from the bustling centre you can enjoy the tranquillity of leafy riverside footpaths along the banks of the River Wear, or the changing seasonal displays at the Botanic Garden. The Oriental and Archaeological Museums hold fascinating collections of international significance, as well as offering key insights into local history. Durham's location in the heart of the North East means great cities and stunning countryside are only a short distance away.

Excellent accessibility from across the UK, Europe and beyond.