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Things to do in Durham

By 11th September 2015Travel
Durham Castle

Wynyard Hall is situated on the outskirts of Durham, a city loved by residents and travelers alike for its heritage, beauty and quaint charm. If you fancy a day out during your stay, we recommend a short drive (around 30 minutes) to arguably the most stunning city in the North East.

Explore the charming cobbled streets, lined with all kinds of wonderful trinket shops and eateries – from old fashioned sweet shops and quirky cafes to independent art traders and jewellery makers. Or, take a stroll along the canal side and take in the view.

You’ll also find bustling markets including Durham City Farmer’s Market, the Saturday Outdoor Market and the Market Hall which has won an award for the Best Private Market in the UK.

At the top of the hill, you’ll find Durham Castle. It was built upon orders of William the Conqueror in the 1070’s and is one of Durham’s most significant historical buildings to this date. If you’re keen to take a guided tour of Durham Castle and see its magnificent period features, it’s advisable to check the tour times beforehand, as they operate at set times throughout the day.

Durham Cathedral is just a few steps away and sits grandly on the rocky hill, overlooking the medieval city. Attracting around 600,000 visitors each year, Durham Cathedral is loved for its breath-taking architecture, period features, library collection and frequently changing art exhibitions.

Durham is also home to some great museums including the Oriental Museum, which showcases artifacts from Ancient Egypt to modern China. It’s the only museum in the North East of England dedicated solely to art and archaeology of North African and Asian culture and although small, the Oriental Museum has an impressive collection. You may also find Durham’s Museum of Archaeology of interest, which houses collections ranging from pre-historic to post-medieval eras.