Side Street Style: A weekend guide to Historical Durham

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16/08/2018

A weekend guide to Historical Durham




Following on from my review of Hotel Indigo Durham I thought I would put together a little weekend guide to the beautiful and historical town of Durham as we had such a fantastic time and I was really surprised at how much there was to see and do and all very accessible by walking making it a great weekend destination.

Firstly Durham is well connected by rail and road and we arrived into Durham by train from Cardiff and with it being a small station you don't have to pull luggage very far, in fact within about 2 minutes we were into a taxi and on our way. Yes you can walk down into the town but with the station on quite a steep hill we decided to take the easy route to the hotel via taxi (only cost £4). As Durham isn't the biggest city is the perfect place for a weekend break so here are a few ideas of what to do if your planning on visiting.

What to See

1. Durham Cathedral

The UNESCO world heritage sight that is Durham Cathedral simply cannot be left out, even if you opt not to explore inside you have to at least walk up to the Palace green to take it all in and have a walk around the beautiful gardens surrounding the Cathedral. If you do want to explore inside which I recommend because it's such an architectural feat of a building then opting for a guided tour is a good idea as you get a far better insight into the history and it only costs £5 for an hour long tour, you can also pair this up with the Open Treasures exhibition which I found fascinating. Also if your a Harry Potter fan than visiting the Cathedral is a must as part of the film was shot here.



2. Durham Castle

Unfortunately over the weekend we were in Durham the castle was being used for a private event but we still managed to walk up to the gates and have a little sneak peak. The castle however usually is open to the general public through guided tours as the building is still in use. The castle also shares the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site with the Cathedral only a minute away across the Palace green





3. River Cruise on The Weir

During out stay one of the highlights was taking The Prince Bishops River Cruise on the River Weir. It's such a relaxing way to see the city from a different perspective and the one-hour cruise also provides some great narration as well as views of the Cathedral, Castle and Bridges. The cruise only costs £8 and has a sundeck and bar on board and if your only going to be in Durham for one day I recommend you do this.





Where to Eat

1. The Flat White Kitchen

If your looking for that hit of artisan coffee brewed by a bearded hipster than The Flat White Kitchen is the perfect place to grab some brunch or coffee and cake before heading out and exploring the city more. The laid back atmosphere and cosy interior make this independent coffee shop the perfect haven when you have been walking for a few hours.




2.  Garden Gate Cafe at Crook Hall

If you feel like talking a walk across the city and just outside of the busy centre and fancy a garden cream tea in beautiful surroundings that I really recommend The Garden Gate Cafe. There is a fantastic sun terrace which is dog friendly and we were lucky the sun was out and we could enjoy eating al fresco. The also have a delicious selection of home made cake and quiches.




3. Tapas Factory, Elvet Bridge

If your looking for Authentic Spanish Tapas then this place is a must, run by two Spanish brothers this place offers up some really authentic tapas with plenty of meat and vegetarian options. It has a nice laid back atmosphere and is a great spot for have a nice social evening meal over a glass of wine.

4. Tin Of Sardines Gin Bar

If you are a fan of Gin and lets be honest who isn't then you need to check out the Tin of Sardines, but beware you may have to wait to get a seat as this is one of the smallest bars you will ever visit but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a lot to offer with over 200 gins to choose from. We managed to get a seat outside after our meal at The Tapas Factory (which is right next door).




Where to Stay

We stayed at Hotel Indigo Durham which is housed in a listed building and is very stylish and chic but not pretentious at all and I highly recommend you consider it if your visiting as we couldn't fault our stay. It also ended up being a fantastic base for us to explore what was on offer in Durham as it was only a few minutes walk from the centre. I have written a full review about the hotel here. There are of course plenty of other places to stay I would say find somewhere that allows you to walk everywhere as Durham isn't that big and it's an easy city to explore over a weekend.




We really enjoyed our time exploring this Northern Gem and really want to visit this part of the world more because there is still so much we haven't seen. If you want a little bit more inspiration then do check out my vlog from our trip.





23 comments:

  1. I WAS BORN AT NEVILLE'S CROSS IN DURHAM, A BATTLE SITE AND ATTENDED A LOCAL COLLEGE WHEN I WAS EIGHT AND DELIVERED NEWSPAPERS TO THE CASTLE WHEN I WAS TEN, HAPPY DAYS CHINA ALEXANDRIA AUTHOR AND POET

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    1. Oh wow thats amazing, we had a fantastic time and really want to go back - such a beautiful place!!

      Laura x

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    2. YOU DID A GREAT JOB SHOWING NOT JUST THE GREAT PLACES BUT THE FEEL OF DURHAM WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT, CHINA

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  3. Would definitely love to visit Durham one day especially the cathedral

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  6. I've never been to Durham but would love to after reading your post. I love smaller towns that can be explored on foot as it saves money on taxis or buses. And it sounds like there's plenty to see and good places to eat too x

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  7. Durham is so beautiful. My brother-in-law lives there so I need to visit soon! Thanks for the tips on what to do and where to eat. The hotel looks wonderful, you had me at slipper bath.

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  8. I've never been to Durham before, it looks like there is a lot to do there!

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  9. I've not been to Durham before but it sounds great, I'd particularity like the river cruise. We have vowed to explore more of the north of England next year. Mich x

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  10. I was born in County Durham but haven't been back since I was a toddler. I would love to go and explore

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  18. Durham is a beautiful place to visit. I have family who live a stones throw away and it's always love to visit

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  19. We didn’t realise there was so much to do there! Durham Cathedral looks amazing. Not going to pass it by next time x

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  20. I've never been! Maybe next year on our way up to Scotland we can go on the way! I am a huge history fan so the castle and cathedral will be top of my list

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  21. I only live up the road from Durham in Newcastle and have never explored Durham, I really should. x

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