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Weekend Breaks to Durham

Planning a short break to Durham? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Durham. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Durham. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Durham Cathedral

One of the best known and finest Cathedrals in the U.K has been on this site for more than 900 years, so you will be excused for missing a service.

Some of the earliest English VIPs are buried here including Cuthbert, the seventh-century bishop of Lindisfarne. Exhibitions include the old crafts employed in the churches construction and a film outlining the Cathedrals history

For more information visit - www.durhamcathedral.co.uk

Hall Garth Corus Hotel Darlington

Located in Coatham Mundeville, Enjoy a stunning setting in this 16th century house surrounded by 67 acres of parkland and on a beautiful lake. You can relax here and go for country walks or pop in to nearby Darlington for shopping therapy. There is a first class restaurant "Hugo's" for excellent food and lovely relaxing public areas.

One can book through this site; www.hotels-anywhere.co.uk

Crook Hall & Gardens

A short walk from the centre of Durham on the banks of the Weir River in Frankland Lane, Sidegate are these fine gardens and 13th century house complete with resident ghost "The White Lady". Who has been seen on a number of occasions. The gardens are superb and include a secret walled garden, Shakespeare garden and Cathedral garden. There is also a maze and tea rooms.

Go to www.crookhallgardens.co.uk

Bede’s World

Located in Jarrow, by Bede station near the Tyne Tunnel and be transported back 1300 years to a time when life was simpler. This unique hands-on museum features an Anglo Saxon Farm where you learn how they got it right without modern implements. Bede lived here in those days and this museum gives you his story.

For more information: www.bedesworld.co.uk

Durham Light Infantry Museum

Just 800 Metres from Durham centre, This is one for Dad or Grand Dad and tells the story of The Durham Light Infantry from 1758 to 1968.

The Durham Art Gallery is also housed here on show is a good perminant collection and also displays special exhibitions from time to time.There is a cafe with views over the lovely surrounding countryside.

Visit: www.durham.gov.uk/dli

Raby Castle

If you are going to visit one castle in the area, Then this is well worth the effort of getting on the A688 to Darlington, The castle has been Lord Barnard’s family home since 1626.Outstanding setting on the river in the North Pennines.Plenty of rooms to view in this large castle including plenty of outbuildings. Tea Rooms that blend in with the castle and a kids adventure playground complete the picture.

For info: www.rabycastle.com


This popular Italian restaurant is located at 96, Elvet Bridge in the city centre with a view of the Cathedral and the river. Serving your favourite Italian specialities and catering for Vegetarians, The restaurant has a warm and cosy atmosphere, long menu and superb wine list.

For more information go to; www.emilios-restaurants.co.uk/durham

Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve

Located in Rainton close to the A690, This beautiful reserve is under the auspices of the Durham Wildlife Trust and has a variety of trails and habitats including scrubland, established woodland and grassland.There is also a lovely pond and wildlife garden. Inside the Visitor Centre there is a cafe and shop.

For more info on Durham wildlife go to; www.wildlifetrust.org.uk


Located right in the city centre, The Gala is a massive entertainment complex offering the visitor everything you could wish for in entertainment under one roof.Including a giant screen cinema, a full theatre, a smaller studio, conference facilities, Kafe Gala and bars. Plenty of fun filled events are happening here every day of the week.

To obtain all the details go to; www.galadurham.co.uk

Durham Shopping

In the city centre near to the Cathedral you will find a wide range of shopping opportunities along the Medieval streets, including the renewed Victorian Indoor Market and the brand new Prince Bishops Centre.

You will enjoy shopping in these historic streets and are sure to find something special.

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