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From Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle to the city’s many fantastic restaurants and walks, you’ll find plenty to see and do in Durham. Before you travel, make sure you browse and secure cheap train tickets to Durham with TransPennine Express.
The Cathedral Bus links the city’s rail station with Durham Cathedral and Castle, and for unlimited bus travel around the city, buy a Durham Plusbus ticket with your train ticket for £3.20 (£2.10 with a Railcard).
Durham train station is the only train station in the city. It’s around a 10-minute walk from the city centre, but you will need to be prepared for an up-hill climb. If you’re not up for the walk, a bus or a taxi is recommended. Durham Cathedral is around a 5 minute taxi ride away. All of our TransPennine Express trains to Durham arrive and depart from Durham train station, and you’ll find all your essential amenities at hand on the station concourse.
The journey times of trains to Durham will depend on the destination you’re travelling from. The short journey from Newcastle to Durham takes just over 10 minutes, whilst the trip from Edinburgh to Durham is between 90 minutes and 2 hours. When you jump on a train from Manchester Victoria to Durham, your journey will be just under 2 and a half hours. Trains from Liverpool Lime Street to Durham take 3 hours.
Yes, there’s a 24-hour car park at Durham station with space for well over 300 cars to park. A daily ticket will set you back £15. Travelling from Durham and leaving your car over the weekend? You can park from 10:00 on Friday until 14:00 on Monday for just £12.
Trains to and from Durham run every day, although services may be more limited during the weekend (especially on Sundays). If you’re planning a trip to Durham, make sure you check the timetable for your chosen route before you travel.
Described by Bill Bryson as a “perfect little city”, once you’ve visited you’ll understand why. Durham City boasts an eclectic mix of shops, bars, restaurants and attractions, set amid charming and historic winding cobbled streets, and overlooked by the dramatic Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trains to Durham City take just 1 hour and 15 minutes from Leeds and 2 from Manchester, so it’s an easy place to check out.
Enjoy some tranquil time out and explore the Durham University Botanic Garden, a 10-acre site of learning, research and relaxation. Handily it’s just a 30-minute scenic stroll or a short hop on a bus from the station. Crook Hall Gardens is a green oasis in the city. The 13th century manor house is surrounded by quintessentially English themed gardens including the Cathedral Garden, maze and hidden spaces that lie within the Secret Walled Garden. Or follow the peaceful riverside walk along the banks of the River Wear for magnificent views of Durham Cathedral.
The city’s historic streets are lined with welcoming cafes, coffee shops and eateries. Tango, found on the historic Elvet Bridge serves up mouth-watering burgers and comfort food, and is a great people watching spot. In Durham Cathedral, The Undercroft restaurant serves up tempting local produce and historic recipes in a stunning setting. At Course Restaurant, one of the cities newest eateries, you can tuck into a delicious seasonal tasting menu, which uses the finest local produce.
In Durham City, shopping is a case of wandering through stylish boutiques and craft shops, and browsing top-name brands. At Durham Market Hall, you can grab a bite to eat in a charming Victorian setting, while assessing the wares of more than 40 local traders. Fowlers Yard, in the historic cultural quarter, is home to a unique collection of creative businesses, from artists through to designers. And don’t miss the People's Bookshop. Located in the heart of the city, this independent store has a terrific selection of new and used titles, as well as an exceptional view of the castle.
For more ideas on what to do in Durham, visit This Is Durham.
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