When searching where to stay in Durham England, most guides point tourists to large chain hotels near acclaimed Durham Cathedral and the iconic 11th century Durham Castle overlooking the River Wear. However, cross the historic Framwellgate Bridge to discover Durham’s charming areas bursting with secret eateries, scenic nature trails along wooded footpaths and a thriving cultural scene.
Finding accommodations nestled within Durham such as cosy bed and breakfasts near Durham city centre and holiday rentals along the Wear riverside serves as the entry point to uncover the magic woven into England’s northeast. Tapping into this vibrant university city overflowing with mediaeval architecture reveals activities popular with locals that visitors travelling to Durham UK often miss out on.
Indulge in Durham’s Burgeoning Food & Drink Scene
Behind Durham Cathedral lies the quirkyThe Curious Mr Fox burger serving an ever-changing selection of locally sourced game meat dishes and patties paired with craft ales on draft and prohibition cocktails. Venture down winding alleyways to uncover this and other hidden pubs and trendy new restaurants only the locals frequent regularly.
Nature Trails and Quiet Paths in Durham UK
Walk, hike or bike ride along Durham’s traffic-free green corridors across the Kingsgate Footbridge to experience nature trails with epic views of Durham’s skyline. The 1-2 hour long Durham Peninsular Walk passes by Durham castle and UNESCO World Heritage Site Durham Cathedral, offering Instagrammable architectural sights as you meander towards the River Wear.
For those staying centrally near Durham city, escape into the great outdoors with scenic nature waiting at your doorstep. County Durham boasts 12,500 hectares of tranquil woodlands, parks, reserves and numerous cycling and walking trails to delight outdoor enthusiasts.
For those preferring to stay in the countryside, for example, if you choose to stay at Plawsworth Hall Serviced Apartments & Cottages, beautiful Durham County nature is just at your doorstep.
Venture Into Durham’s Hidden Nooks and Crannies
By staying in Durham England holiday rentals or nearby countryside serviced apartments, you shed the tourist label and unlock local secrets seeping from Durham’s cobblestone streets that casual visitors travelling through often overlook. As one of Britain’s most historic cities with its roots dating back to Roman and Anglo Saxon times, surprises await around every corner for those that take the time to search them out in England’s northeast.
The Perfect Home Base for Uncovering Durham’s Secrets
Whether opting to stay in a sleek city centre hotel with views of Durham’s cathedral or choosing a cosy countryside cottage, for example, Plawsworth Hall cottages, the right accommodations provide a home base primed for uncovering England’s Northeast hidden gem.
The best way to experience Durham is slowly, embracing the eclectic mix of old and new by wandering ancient hipster haunts, cheering on university tradition at Durham Regattas river races, and exploring numerous museums. Each day unfolds a new corner of Durham’s past and future.
Durham invites you to pull up a chair, cosy into its nooks and make yourself at home while you uncover the secrets of this vibrant town seeping with as much personality as its mediaeval architecture is steeped in history. From your ideally situated place to stay, embrace Durham’s call to come discover the allure of England’s northeast terminus.