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In Durham City, stylish boutiques and quirky craft shops jostle for attention alongside top-name brands, whilst Durham Indoor Market still retains its Victorian charm. Additionally, The Durham Dales is a treasure trove of art and crafts, antiques and pottery, whilst the Vale of Durham and Durham Coast have their own unique shopping experiences.
The Gates Shopping Centre
Located in the heart of Durham City, The Gates is a premier shopping location boasting a great variety of retailers and everything you need for a fantastic shopping experience.
Shops include: Evans, Superdrug, Miss Selfridge, Holland & Barrett, Bon Marche, Julian Graves, Dollond & Aitchison, Early Learning Centre, Abbey Bank and Shoezone. For refreshments there is a cafe, a juice bar, coffee shop and two restaurants featuring award winning oriental cuisine.
Durham Indoor Market
Traditional Victorian Indoor Market with over 50 quality local traders including an excellent food selection, a cafe overlooking the hustle and bustle of the market with quality home cooking, and a wide range of specialist trades rarely found on today's High Streets.
In the historic cultural quarter of Durham lies one of Durham's best kept secrets! Fowlers Yard is home to a unique collection of creative businesses tucked away behind Durham's Indoor Market. Here you will discover both artists and designers specialising in jewellery making, contemporary textile arts, hand embroidery, tapestry weaving, portrait painting, photography, illustration and printmaking. Fowlers Yard is also home to Leonard's Coffee House, Durham City Theatre, a microbrewery, and Durham City Arts (a community arts organisation). There are opportunities to buy their work or commission special and personalised gifts.
The People's Bookshop
The People's Bookshop is an independent, radical bookshop in the heart of Durham City. Dealing mainly in second-hand and hard-to-find books, they fill the gaps left behind by the headlong push towards the bestsellers, E-books, and add-on sales. The short climb up their very 'historic' staircase is rewarded not only be a wonderful view of the castle, but by their fantastic selection of second-hand, rare and new books.