Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

DURHAM’S BEST ATTRACTIONS


Visit world heritage sites near our Durham hotel

With its beautiful views, historical attractions and English charm, this picturesque city has so much to offer. Just a short walk from our city centre hotel, you will find the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and Durham University.

County Durham also contains several noteworthy museums, including the famous Living Museum of the North, Beamish.

Read on for a breakdown of the city’s best attractions, plus their distance from the Durham Radisson Blu.
 

Key attractions

  • Market Place – 0.6 km    
This quaint square is less than 10 minutes away. It dates back to medieval times, and is home to the Town Hall and the beautiful St Nicholas Church. The University of Durham is deemed one of the best universities in the country. Be sure to visit the famous Palace Green and Palace Green Library. Sections of this stunning landmark date back to 1072. Today, it serves as part of Durham University. Discover its fascinating history with a guided tour. Arguably one of Europe’s greatest buildings. The cathedral is known for its fine Norman architecture. It’s a fascinating place to explore, inside and out. This summer-only attraction usually opens from mid-July. The winding maze is built from over 500,000 plants. A memorable day out for all ages.
  • Whitworth Hall Country Park - 13 km
Wander 73 acres of beautiful parkland, just 13 km from Durham. Explore England’s most northerly vineyard in the Victorian walled garden, and look out for deer.
  • Krazy Kingdom - 18 km
If you have little ones in tow, visit this soft play centre for a fun-filled day. Kids 12 and under can play, and there’s a dedicated area for under 5s too. There’s plenty for families to see and do on this award-winning farm, which is spread over 290 hectares. Check the website for opening hours, as they vary through the winter. Find out what life was like for the Romans in County Durham. There are special events and re-enactments on throughout the year, so be sure to check the website for updates. Experience everyday life at the height of industrialisation in the early 20th century. This living museum has won multiple awards since it opened in the ‘70s.
  • Newcastle - 31 km
Newcastle is just 15 minutes away by train, or half an hour by car. Hit the shops, marvel at the Tyne Bridge or visit the interactive Centre for Life.
  • Raby Castle - 32 km
Explore over 600 years of history at one of the North East’s best-preserved castles. Set in 200 acres of deer park, Raby Castle is thought to have been built between 1367 and 1390. Located in the town of Barnard Castle, the majestic Bowes Museum was purpose-built as an art gallery in the 1800s. It’s still home to an outstanding art collection today. Beautiful in all weather, the ‘Secret Garden of the North’ is a joy to explore. Numbered stones take you on a tour through beautiful shrubs, trees, flowers and the ruins of a 17th-century chapel. Not to be missed. Learn how the railway changed the world at this exciting museum. Explore interactive exhibits and impressive locomotives, just an hour’s drive away. Ramble along gorgeous woodland on this country walk, set on the old Derwent Valley Railway. Discover breathtaking viaducts and scenery along the way.