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Local attractions

If you and the family are looking for a free or cheap day out then look no further. We have all the information you need for the best local activities.

Durham Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham, commonly known as Durham Cathedral and home of the Shrine of St Cuthbert, is a cathedral in the city of Durham, England. It is the seat of the Bishop of Durham, the fourth-ranked bishop in the Church of England hierarchy.


Visit Seaham, the lively harbour town on Durham’s Heritage Coast. Admire the dramatic cliff top views, seek out one of England’s oldest churches or simply relax at the beach in Seaham.

Durham Riverside Walk

This splendid walk around Durham visits many of the city highlights including the River Wear, Durham Castle, the cathedral, Old Durham Gardens and the Durham Botanical Gardens. There’s so much to see with wonderful architecture, historical sites, beautiful gardens and countryside views across the river.

Finchale Priory

Finchale Priory sometimes referred to as Finchale Abbey was a 13th-century Benedictine priory. The remains are sited by the River Wear, four miles from Durham, England. It is a Grade I listed building.

East Durham Coast

From Sunderland to Hartlepool, the Durham Heritage Coast has emerged from its industrial past to an area worthy of Heritage Coast status with one of the finest coastlines in England.

Palace Green

Palace Green is an area of grass in the centre of Durham, England, flanked by Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. The Cathedral and Castle together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although initially not part of the site itself, Palace Green was added to the UNESCO site in 2008.

Wharton Park

This VisitEngland accredited attraction Wharton Park commands spectacular views across Durham City. The historic park now offers a brand new heritage centre and cafe, play area for all ages, an amphitheatre and miniature car track, multi-use games area, outdoor gym and putting green.

Marquess of Londonderry’s Statue

Probably the most prominent landmark in Durham Market Place is the huge, double life-sized statue of a military-looking gentleman on a horse. The sculpture is often simply referred to as ‘the man on the horse’. The statue, erected in 1861, is of Charles William Vane Stewart (1778-1854), the 3rd Marquis of Londonderry.

Old Durham Gardens

Old Durham Gardens can be found less than a mile east of Durham City Centre. The 17th century restored gardens provide a charming public space for everyone to enjoy and can be reached through a number of walks along the river.

Prebends Bridge

Prebends Bridge, along with Framwellgate and Elvet bridges, is one of three stone-arch bridges in the centre of Durham, England, that cross the River Wear.