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Historic cathedral city located on the River Wear and a hit with Bill Bryson

Are you looking for things to do in Durham? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the city.

Known for...   Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle



 

  Attractions

Palace Green FREE

UNESCO world heritage site, with a stunning Norman Cathedral and Castle and the heart of the university of Durham.
Palace Green
Durham
DH1 3EH

Recommended by Helen, Durham

 

Durham Cathedral FREE

World famous cathedral and one of Britain's first World Heritage Sites.
Durham Cathedral
Durham
DH1 3EH

Recommended by Olive Mudd, Houghton-le-Spring

 

Finchale Priory

English Heritage - The very extensive remains of a 13th-century priory, founded on the site of a retired pirate's hermitage.
near Durham
DH1 5SH

 

Adventure Valley

Family adventure park packed full of great attractions. Adventure Valley Golf For young and old.
Brasside
Durham
DH1 5SG

01913868291

 

Botanic Garden

Beautiful botanic garden.
Durham University
Hollingside Lane
South Road
DH1 3TN

01913345520

 

Lambton Castle

The castle has been used as a location for the BBC One drama The Paradise.
4 North View
Houghton le Spring
DH4 6DA

 

Auckland Castle Deer House

English Heritage - A charming Gothic Revival 'eyecatcher' built in 1760 in the park of the Bishops of Durham.
Durham
DL14 7NR

 

Broom House Farm

Broom House is a great destination for the whole family.
Witton Gilbert
Durham
DH7 6TR

01913719697

 
 

  Parks

Black Plantation FREE

Black Plantation is situated in the uplands to the southwest of Lanchester village in Co. Durham.
Lanchester
County Durham
DH7 0SZ

 

Penshaw Park FREE

This park is positioned just on the outskirts of Penshaw, well maintained bowling green, tennis courts and a multi use games area.
Avon Crescent
Houghton Le Spring
Tyne & Wear
DH4 6NA

 

Hetton Lyons Country Park FREE

This country park has also been developed on a former colliery site just on the outskirts of Hetton centre with picturesque views.
Hetton-le-Hole
Houghton Le Spring
DH5 0RH

 

Hetton Pocket Park FREE

The smallest park in the city which is located right in the centre of Hetton which has a war memorial.
Hetton-le-Hole
Tyne and Wear
DH5 9JH

 

Bearpark FREE

Miners’ Wood (Bearpark Jubilee Wood) occupies two former pasture fields covering 4.79 ha (11.84 acres).
Colliery Road
Bearpark
County Durham
DH7 7EA

 

Hetton Park And Bogs FREE

Located near Hetton Town Centre with a bowling green, tennis courts and a children's play area. It is a pleasant area to visit.
Barnard Park Road
Hetton
DH5 9LZ

 
 

  Cinema

Gala Cinema

Popular Independent Cinema.
Millennium Place
Durham
DH1 1WA

01913324041

 
 

  Theatre

Gala Theatre

City centre theatre offering an eclectic programme.
Millennium Place
Durham
DH1 1WA

01913324041

 
 

  Golf

Chester Le Street Golf Club

Founded in 1908 with an initial layout of 9 holes, the course has been sympathetically extended over the years to achieve the existing beautiful eighteen hole course.
Lumley Park
Chester-le-Street
Co. Durham
DH3 4NS

 

Mount Oswald Manor & Golf Course

Mount Oswald Manor and Golf Course has outstanding facilities and a magnificent 18-hole golf course, set in beautiful surroundings coveniently located near Durham City Centre.
South Road
Durham
Co. Durham
DH1 3TQ

 

Durham City Golf Club

Golf Club.
Littleburn Farm
Langley Moor
Durham
Co. Durham
DH7 8HL

 

Castle Eden & Peterlee Golf Club

Golf Club.
Castle Eden
Hartlepool
Co. Durham
TS27 4SS

 

Knotty Hill Golf Club

Golf Club.
Sedgefield
Stockton-on-Tees
Co. Durham
TS21 2BB

 

Bishop Auckland Golf Club

Golf Club.
High Plains
Durham Road
Bishop Auckland
Co. Durham
DL14 8DL

 

Brancepeth Castle Golf Club

Golf Club.
Brancepeth Village
Durham
DH7 8EA

 

South Moor Golf Club

Golf Club.
The Middles
Craghead
Stanley
Co. Durham
DH9 6AG

 
 

  Leisure centres

Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre

Swimming pool, fitness centre and many other activities available.
Walkergate
Durham
DH1 1SW

Recommended by Helen, Durham

 

Delves Lane Community Centre

LJBounce Kangoo Jump exercise classes on a Thursday 5.30-6.30.
Delves Lane
Consett
DH8 7BH

Recommended by Julie Ryan, Durham

 
 

  Sport

North Of England Trike Tours

Chauffeured trike tours give you a unique and fun way to see the North of England.
Bradley Burn Farm Shop & Cafe
Wolsingham
County Durham
DL13 3JH

Recommended by Mark Richards
“They offer fantastic tours of the city on a 1400cc trike, just like Billy Connolly on Route 66”

 

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