Have a fine time in Durham
Use our guide to take in the pick of Durham’s top historic and cultural sites, from the imposing landmark castle to beautiful parks, gardens, and family days on a friendly farm.
Durham University Botanic Garden
Set in mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham City, the ten-hectare site offers beautiful landscapes to explore and discover, with new plant life and hidden artworks around every corner. The visitor centre has a café and gift shop.
Hall Hill Farm
Spanning 700 acres, Hall Hill Farm has belonged to the Gibson family since 1925. Since then, thousands of families have visited the farm for a fun day out spent feeding the animals and enjoying donkey rides, crazy golf and the play areas.
The Oriental Museum houses important collections of art and archaeology from the great cultures of northern Africa and Asia – a wide-ranging treasure trove that spans South-East Asia, Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, and Ancient Egypt, as well as the Islamic world.
Palace Green Library
Smack in the heart of Durham, this cluster of buildings dates from the 15th century and holds Durham University's collections of ancient books and manuscripts. Permanent exhibitions include the Museum of Archaeology and the Durham Light Infantry Gallery. Don’t miss the cosy Courtyard Café.
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens
Based around a Georgian country house, Ushaw became a college for Catholic priests. Highlights include the main house and its ornate chapels, as well as the beautiful gardens. There’s also a cafe in the refectory and an elegant restaurant.
Dating from 1857, the park is close to the railway station in the heart of Durham. It offers glorious views towards the Castle and Cathedral as well as a miniature car track, play areas and a heritage centre.
Built as a Norman fortress, Durham Castle was originally the seat of the powerful Prince-Bishops. In Victorian times it became home to University College, the founding college of Durham University. Discover the historic building and museum on guided tours.