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Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham



Whether you’re in Durham for business, city break, family holiday or visiting Durham University as a parent or student, the university has something for everyone. Aside from the beautiful university itself, there’s plenty to see around the area which is a 10-minute drive from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham.
What to see at University of Durham
Founded in 1832, the University of Durham is the third oldest in England and worth a visit for its wide variety of attractions and activities.

Visit the home of the University’s archives, collections and treasure from around the world. The Library hosts regular exhibitions in its galleries:
  • The Wolfson Gallery
  • The Dennyson Stoddart Gallery
  • The History of the Book Galleries
You can also enjoy an exhibition space for the University’s Museum of Archaeology ranging from prehistoric to post-medieval. Find out more about current exhibits here  
  This working university botanical garden houses an alpine garden, winter garden, bamboo grove, woodland garden and a wildflower meadow. It also has several self-guided activities and trails for children.
  • Explore the University’s collection of insects and spiders in the glass houses
  • Marvel at the artworks hidden along the garden paths
  • Buy a little something at the gift shop, relax in the café and visit the visitor centre
  Visit the only museum in Northern England dedicated entirely to the art and archaeology of Northern Africa and Asia. Grab a bite at the museum café and buy a souvenir at the gift shop.
Plan your visit from Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham
  • Palace Green Library
  • Opening hours:
    • 12:00 – 17:00 (Monday)
    • 10:00 – 17:00 (Tuesday – Sunday)
  • Fees
    • Admission to the “Living on the Hills: 10,000 years of Durham” exhibit is FREE
    • Admission to temporary exhibits:
      • Infants under 5 (up to 2 per full paying adult): FREE
      • Carers: FREE
      • Children over 5: £6.50
      • Adults: £7.50
      • Concessions: £6.50
      • Family (2 adults, 2 children): £25.00
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Opening hours:
Open every day all year round, but closed during the Christmas period to coincide with the University’s holiday closure
  • Summer hours (March – October): 10:00 – 17:00
  • Winter hours (November – February: 10:00 – 16:00
  • Entrance fee:
    • Infants: FREE
    • Carers: FREE
    • Students & children (5-16 years): £1.50
    • Concession: £3.00
    • Adults: £4.00
  • Oriental Museum
  • Opening hours:
    • 10:00 – 17:00 (Monday – Friday)
    • 12:00 – 17:00 (Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays)
  • Entrance fee:
    • Infants: FREE
    • Children (5 and over): 75p
    • Adults: £1.50
    • Adults over 60: 75p