Things to do in Durham, UK

Our most recommended things to do in Durham, UK

Durham Walking Tour and Tales of Crime and Punishment

1. Durham Walking Tour and Tales of Crime and Punishment

Explore Durham and find out about its history around crime and punishment on a guided walking tour. Be captivated by the stunning Durham Cathedral, wander through winding cobbled streets, and get to know Old Elvet Quarter. Meet your guide in the heart of the city at Durham Market Place. Your tour takes you through charming roads to Durham's cultural and historical attractions. Visit the enchanting Durham Cathedral (exterior), a spectacular example of Romanesque architecture in the country. Walk past Durham Castle, now home to England's third oldest university. Walk along the River Wear and take in amazing views of the cathedral.

Durham: Historical Guided Walking Tour

2. Durham: Historical Guided Walking Tour

Embark on a guided 2-hour walking tour of Durham. Learn about the history of the city from the Ice Age to the present-day.  Learn about how Durham has resisted both the Scots and the Normans throughout its history. Discover a city that has developed into a regional capital and has been shaped by its beautiful Romanesque Cathedral in the city center. See other notable points of interest such as Durham Shire Hall and the Durham Marketplace. On this tour, wander down the historic streets and learn fascinating stories of the city's past. This tour is one of the best ways to see Durham during a visit to the North East.

Durham: Local Legends & Cathedral Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. Durham: Local Legends & Cathedral Self-Guided Audio Tour

This self-guided walking tour takes you on a journey through time to explore the dramatic peninsula of Durham city. You’ll make your way from the bustling heart of the city, along tranquil riverside footpaths and medieval bridges, to the world-famous Durham Cathedral. You’ll see some of the most spectacular vantage points around, and hear tales of St. Cuthbert and his miraculous journey to the city roughly 300 years after his death! Along the way, you’ll encounter the legendary kings and ferocious rivalries that have shaped Durham since Anglo-Saxon times. From wealthy and eccentric Prince Bishops to humble locals, you’ll meet the people who have made the city what it is today. Allow an hour for the tour without any additional stops but you can pause the tour whenever you want for refreshments enroute. You'll need to download the tour onto the VoiceMap app which uses your location to move the story along at the right time and place. The tour can also be enjoyed virtually at home.

Durham: Cathedral and Auckland Castle Entry with Guided Tour

4. Durham: Cathedral and Auckland Castle Entry with Guided Tour

The Prince Bishops of Durham were incredibly powerful lords and religious leaders in the North of England during the Middle Ages. They wielded the power of both secular lords and medieval bishops – being able to rival monarchs at points in their power. It often joked during the Middle Ages that there were two kings in England – one sat in London wearing a crown while the other sat in Durham wearing a mitre. During this tour, we will explore the UNESCO world heritage site, Durham Cathedral. From there we will have lunch before proceeding to Auckland Castle – now famous for the internationally acclaimed Auckland Project. Here you will explore Auckland Castle and the Faith Museum, telling the story of Christianity in the British Isles.

Durham: Half-Day City Tour

5. Durham: Half-Day City Tour

Meet at Durham’s Train station at the beginning of this three and a half-hour tour. Go on a journey around the regional capital and discover more about its long history. Hear how the city was a valuable point of defence for the North of England in its battles against the Scots. Learn about its Anglo-Saxon and Norman origins, evidence of which can still be seen to the present day. This tour gives you an in-depth introduction to a city which has grown around the shrine of its Anglo-Saxon saint, St. Cuthbert. Make your way to the most famous site in the city, its Grand Romanesque Cathedral. This Cathedral is often described to be the most beautiful Cathedral in England. You guide will explain the features of its architecture and history. See the Open Treasures where the valuables of the Bishop of Durham have been gathered and curated for you to discover.

From York: One-Way Tour To Edinburgh with Hadrian's Wall

6. From York: One-Way Tour To Edinburgh with Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a relaxing journey through the scenic landscape of northern England and the Scottish Borders as you travel between York and Edinburgh on this tour by luxury vehicle. Benefit from a stress-free, door-to-door journey that takes in sights such as Bamburgh Castle along the way. Start your journey with convenient pickup from your accommodation in York. Avoid expensive taxis or the hassle of public transportation. Instead, let your driver help you with your luggage and settle down into the back of your Mercedes Benz V Class for your trip. Travel from England to Scotland in a hassle-free way and witness the landscape slowly change through your window. Stretch your legs at the tour's first stop in the Yorkshire Dales National Park or historic County Durham. Continue your journey through the wild terrain of northern England. Make a further stop at Hadrian's Wall, the famous border between England and Scotland. Alternatively, explore the tiny coastal villages and mighty castles of the Northumbria coastline. Cross the Scottish border, and admire the pretty landscapes of the border country and/or Scottish coast. Complete your journey by rolling into Edinburgh, the iconic and historic Scottish capital.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 8 reviews

An excellent tour around Durham city . The history is fascinating. The tour guide Amanda could not have been better . She has a wealth of knowledge .

Alex is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic abour Durham it would be difficult not to enjoy this tour. Would recommend.

Loved the quality of the audio. The technology and gps tracking works really well. Enjoyed the audio tour a lot.

Very informative guide Amanda. Fun way to learn about the history of Durham.

Great Tour with a beautiful path to cover key sites in Durham.