With its winding cobbled streets, stunning architecture and rich history, Durham it the perfect city to visit and explore. The Independent even named it as one of the best cities in the world to visit in 2020. The old English city has much to offer, museums and galleries, relaxing strolls along the river and an atmospheric city centre full of cafés, shops, bars and restaurants.
Note: Please be sure to check that you are able to visit any local area under current COVID restrictions and ensure you follow local guidelines.
Durham Cathedral is perhaps the most famous landmark in the city. Explore the stunning architecture and the hidden history of the landmark on a guided tour. Or, simply enjoy the splendour and spirituality of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Along with the Cathedral, Durham Castle is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The impressive building has been occupied continuously since the 11th Century and is now used by the University of Durham. On your visit to the castle you can tour the many exhibitions and collections whilst admiring the incredible building.
Historic Houses & Gardens
The city and surrounding county of Durham are full of historic houses and gardens that are worth a visit. Ushaw Historic House is located 3 miles from the centre of Durham and is a great place for families to explore. The 500-acre site contains delightful gardens and beautiful Georgian and Victorian Houses that you can explore. Then finish off your day by enjoying a refreshing drink or coffee at the café on the grounds.
River Wear Walk
The River Wear runs through Durham and a stroll along its banks will take you past some wonderful sights. Explore the old university building, marvel at the Cathedral and get a snap of the picturesque views from Elvet Bridge.
Explore Local Durham Brands
Durham is an exciting university city with an appetite for innovative and exciting local products. We have highlighted some of our favourite “made in Durham” brands. Read more about them below and head to YouK to discover even more fantastic local brands.
After a visit to the US, and the many micro-distilleries in East Coast college towns, the Durham Distillery founder was inspired to create his own. The urban distillery is located in the stunning and historic city of Durham, it is here they make their no-nonsense spirits. Currently, they craft a range of spirits including their classic London Dry Gin, Durham Gin, and their Durham Vodka. Having personally tried their delicious gin I can’t recommend it more; give it a try the next time you are enjoying a G&T.
2020 has been tough for almost all businesses, and distilleries are no exception. Normally you can rely on getting visitors through the doors for tasting and tours, however, this has not been possible. Let’s support local distilleries at this time by purchasing some of their fantastic spirits.
Prickle People is a small, independent, innovative and exciting jewellery brand based in Durham. Each piece is colourful and bright and inspired by the owner Amy’s favourite things. Everything is lovingly handmade at the studio in Durham, items are intricately laser cut in ply birch wood and carefully hand-painted. The next time you fancy treating yourself, or someone you love, to some unique and delightful jewellery head to Prickle People!
Durham Brewery is a small, family-owned brewery that is passionate about crafting delicious beers. They have been crafting and brewing since 1994 and their head brewer controls all aspects of production closely to ensure that they maintain the highest standards. The brewery runs tours for visitors to experience the magic of the Durham Brewery, although currently due to COVID restrictions they are not running. However, fear not, we can still support our local Breweries by buying from them online. Head to their shop to try their range of beers, from IPAs to Stouts and Bitters they have a beer to suit all tastes.
KM Art was set up by Kim McNeill to combine her passion for art and love animals. She produces personalised watercolour, acrylic or pencil animal portraits from her studio in Durham. These original pieces are highly personalised and a stunning way to pay tribute to your favourite furry friends. Visit Kim’s website to see examples of her beautiful art and support a fantastic and innovative local artist.
Mount Purious specialises in making personal care products. Crafting high-quality products in an ethical and eco-friendly way is the driving force behind Mount Purious. The brand originally launched in 2014 with their range of organic skincare and since then they have added a Men’s Grooming range too. Each product is handcrafted at their studio in Durham. Hand-making the products in small batches ensure they are of the highest quality. Head to their website to discover their range of Organic, Cruelty-Free and Plant-Based products.
Maxim Brewery started-out selling bottled beers from various Northern breweries that had previously closed. However, since 2007 they have successfully been brewing their own beer in their purpose-built brewery. You can visit the brewery for a tour to learn more about Maxim’s story and their brewing process. (Please check local COVID restrictions and rules). You can find their delicious range of beers, ales and bitters in many pubs throughout the country, especially in the North.
Sadly electronics made in the UK are a rare sight these days. However, fortunately for us, since 2005 Cello Electronics have been manufacturing and producing LED TVs at their facility in County Durham. The company benefits from manufacturing in the UK; they can ensure their products are made to the highest quality and make last-minute changes for customers. As the UK technology continues to grow it is important that as consumers we support the companies. What better way than to buy your next TV from a UK company?
- Durham Cathedral Image: Copyright Tom Pennington, Geograph
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