Durham Cathedral: Donation an option on way out. £5 for photo taking option, £3 to climb to the top of the Cathedral, to witness Durham’s beauty from a height.
Durham Castle: £6 for 45 minute tour.
Beamish Museum: £16.
Oriental Museum: £1.50 for Adults, 75p for children above 5.
Picnic at Wharton Park: Free.
Rowing along the picturesque bed of Riverbanks: £7 for one hour (or time it to watch “The Regatta” (University boat racing championships) for free.
The Botanical Gardens: £4
Top hint: If you’re looking for budget accommodation, come to Durham in the summer when the universities halls of residence are free. When the students go home for summer, the place turns into a hostel.
For £11 a night, you’re slap bang in the middle of the city centre, with more than adequate cooking amenities and a decent sized room. In all honesty, everything else is in a higher range bracket in the centre. Bed and Breakfast can be picked up for £14-20.
Everything is pretty much in close proximity, but if you want to go to Beamish – don’t get a taxi. It’s a rip off! Plus, they’re bloody miserable. Two busses will get you there and back for £5.
Disabled access to the Cathedral runs through the city, every 15 minutes for £1.20 return.
Durham Train Station is a perfect hub to visit neighbouring Newcastle and Gateshead (£5 return)
(Disclaimer: If I don’t point out it’s good for vegetarians – it’s because it’s not)
Claypath Delicatessen: Concentrating on Mediterranean food on the cheap! Wide variety of sandwiches from £3, salad dishes from £4. *Great place for vegetarians*
Varsity: What you see is what you get, 2 pub meals for a fiver.
Treats: A selection of home-made pastries, cakes and pies; Served with pot of tea for £3.
Market Place: Generally has a European food event on, served by the natives from whatever country floats your boat. Pick up a paella for £2 or indulge in a German Bratwurst for the same price.
For a more British menu, grab a seat in the indoor market. Cheap as chips!
Treat yourself (Higher food bracket):
Fancy an Indian? Get yourself to the ‘Golden Pearl.’
Cafe Rouge: No need to say “ooh la la” while dining on the bridge, people-watching with a French food of your choice.
Zen: I saved the best until last! Award winning Thai restaurant that is a good enough reason to travel to Durham alone. No words suffice. *Great place for vegetarians*
I hope you enjoyed this introduction to Durham City and I sincerely hope I painted the picture it deserves. I would say that the perfect time to visit Durham is in the summer and the perfect time here I feel is one week.
Have you ever been to Durham? Would you ever consider going after reading this 5-part post? Is a 5-part post too long?! (Sorry! I haven’t travelled anywhere yet!)