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A Stunning Location

Durham Castle Courtyard

Durham is a friendly and welcoming city, with the famous Cathedral and Castle at its very heart - together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site - they dominate the city skyline. 

With a population of around 43,000 Durham has a compact, friendly feel but still provides the facilities you would expect of a thriving city. The River Wear winds its way through the city, providing plenty of green spaces between the historic city and some of our purpose-built, landscaped facilities. 

Easy to get around, Durham City offers a wide range of cultural and sporting pursuits, and also a huge number of places to eat, drink and meet friends. So, whatever your interests, you are certain to find your place here. In the ancient, cobbled streets, you’ll find shops and boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants, and plenty of culture. From walks and boat trips along the River Wear, to street markets and museum visits, there’s no shortage of things to do. No matter where you are in the city, you’ll never be far from one of our colleges, academic departments, or facilities.  

The historic city also offers a huge range of attractions, places to visit, and activities, including: 

  • Sports and Wellbeing Park 
  • Botanic Garden
  • Oriental Museum
  • Palace Green Library and Gallery
  • Assembly Rooms Theatre
  • Gala Theatre and Cinema
  • The Riverwalk Leisure Complex.

Just 17 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne in North East England, it’s also easy to hop on a train to London, Edinburgh, or Manchester. Newcastle International Airport is also close by if you want to explore the rest of the UK and beyond.  

Dive into Durham City and the University Campus – in 360 degrees