Activities & Things To Do
Durham has a wide variety of activities and interesting things to see, do and experience.
The city centre ticks all the boxes when it comes to tourism, from local history and beautiful walks along the river, to lively bars and restaurants throughout the day and into the early hours of the morning. Surrounding the city are a host of museums, local landmarks and different places to visit, each with their own unique style.
Durham Cathedral is a wonderful reminder of the age of the Prince Bishops. In this building the three main innovations of the revolutionary Gothic style come together; pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and flying buttresses (hidden above the aisle vaults). The majority of the interior work was completed in only 40 years, with the result that the cathedral shows a remarkable unity of style not often found with large building projects from the medieval period. Durham is one of the high points of cathedral architecture in this or any other land.
Like all major towns and cities, Durham has a lively and kaleidoscopic bar scene. New fashionable and trendy bars are opening all the time, while the more traditional and quintessential British drinking house, the pubs, remain ever popular with locals, students and tourists.
With its cobbles, centuries of spiritual heritage and old-world feel, Durham is perhaps not normally associated with a lively up to the minute nocturnal scene. However, the nightclubs do what they do very well, particularly those around the North Road district of the city.
Be sure to check out The Dun Cow, it's a personal favourite!
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Boasting a sophisticated thermal suite, five pools including one of the UK’s largest hydrotherapy pools and an outdoor infinity pool, as well as a state-of-the art gym, Ramside Hall is home to one of the very best luxury spas in Durham.
For the Golfers, both the Cathedral and Prince Bishops’ courses are open to members and non-members alike. Both courses offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside with Durham Cathedral sitting in the distance to provide a golfing experience like no other in the region.