BEST OF DURHAM TOUR
PRIVATE DURHAM WALKING TOUR
Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Durham – home to England’s third oldest university & one of the most stunning cathedrals in Northern Europe. This captivating city with winding cobbled streets frequently draws rave reviews for its cultural and historical attractions. None is more iconic than Durham Cathedral, arguably the finest example of Romanesque (Norman) architecture in the country.
Custom options include adding entry & tour of Durham Cathedral, starting points of your Durham tour also include Newcastle & you can allocate start & end times – we want to be as flexible as possible. Simply speak with us or follow the online booking stages through at check-out.
At Newcastle Tour Company, the safety & health of our guests are always of paramount importance to us. This Durham tour has been optimised for post Covid-19 walking tours & follows our health protocols.
BEST OF DURHAM TOUR ITINERARY
START YOUR DURHAM TOUR
Begin your journey in either Newcastle and travel to Durham with your local tour guide or start in the heart of Durham on Millennium Square. Here you will enjoy views of the new developments in the city as well as the introduction story to St. Cuthbert (the reason the city stands) and the beautiful Fenwick Lawson statue in the square itself.
THE OLD MARKETS OF DURHAM
Continue into the heart of the commercial city - the Market Place! Here you'll find an array of different architecture & fascinating stories around the market place's statues, the Town Hall as well as the history of the place you are standing in... Have a peak into the traditional Victorian Market Hall before heading up the hill into medieval Durham.
VENNELS & SNICKLEWAYS
As you walk up Saddler Street (named after leather makers in the city) your guide will point out some of significant buildings & stories surrounding these - you may also venture up one of the famous Vennels (snickleways/alleyways) that take you into tiny areas of the city littered with independent shops, cafes and quirky stories.
PALACE GREEN AND THE FEEL...
Your climb up the hill is soon rewarded with the breathtaking views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Durham Castle & Cathedral. Enjoy Palace Green in all its glory as your guide brings history to life - the castle, now part of the university, has its own story and the views onto the cathedral from here are simply stunning! If you have booked your entry into the cathedral, you will be able to enjoy a short tour of this magnificent place of worship - discover St. Cuthbert's Shrine, the beautiful nave, fantastic stained glass windows, powerful stories of Prince Bishops, the wonderful outdoor space of the Cloisters and a tale or two about a famous wizard (and other movies filmed in the city & cathedral).
THE BEST VIEWS IN THE CITY
Walk along the back of the cathedral, enjoy views of the Rose Window and peak into a little hidden gem called The College (not for educational purposes) before reaching a totally different atmosphere in the city by the riverside. Walk over one of the many bridges spanning the river Wear and stroll along the river (you may see rowers training or even quite a bit of wildlife!). The views onto the cathedral from here are some of the best - even one of England's famous painters, William Turner, knew the spot and painted the view.
Continue back onto Silver Street and follow the old path back into the heart of the city and onto the Market Place to end your walking tour.
DETAILS ABOUT YOUR TOUR
Professional local tour guide
Choose your start/end points
Rounded story of Durham
Optional entry to Durham Cathedral
Any entrance fees unless optional Durham Cathedral booked at check-out
Food & drink
Transportation unless rail journey from Newcastle added at check-out
GOOD TO KNOW
Consider bringing layers of clothing / rain jacket
Don't forget your camera
Public transport nearby - ask us for details
Consider comfortable shoes suitable for your tour
We can alter routes to make your tour wheelchair / stroller accessible
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