If you have read any of my previous posts you already know by now that I love to travel and that sometimes, just randomly take two weeks off from work to explore a certain country. You might as well know that I also treasure weekend getaways and day trips.
So many people don’t realise the potential of weekend getaways or day trips when it comes to travel. I know I didn’t, a few years back. Amazing places, that are just a few hours away were just waiting to be explored and I couldn’t be bothered. I was saving myself for my ‘big trips’. And how wrong I was.
This has not been the case for the past years. I have got the chance to see, explore and discover so many beautiful places, just by organising my time and weekends better.
I will talk more about this in another post, now let’s get back to what got us here in the first place – what to do in Durham on a day trip!
Durham is a historical, small, and beautiful city in the North East of England. I have decided to visit Durham on a Saturday, on a day trip. It has so much to offer, which made me go back to Durham whenever I had the chance. The city is filled with history and it was a centre of pilgrimage, being the final resting place of Saint Cuthbert.
The city also played an important strategic role for England, in medieval times. One of the most popular battles in English history, The Battle of Neville’s Cross, happened just near the city.
Here are a few ideas on what to do in Durham on a day trip:
1. Take a Walk Down The River Wear
Regardless of the season in which you decide to visit, walking down the river Wear will offer you some amazing views of the city, the river banks and of Durham Cathedral. Walking down the river Wear, towards the city centre always brought me peace and made me realise how lucky I am to be able to just take some time to walk and see the beauties around me. A great experience that you can have, for free, when visiting Durham.
Another really neat thing that you can do is hire a pleasure boat – it’s such a great way to learn some history and explore the city by water. I recommend doing this in spring, summer or early autumn.
2. Explore the City Centre
If you love history, cosy cafes, good food and lovely buildings, you will love Durham’s city centre. Make your way from the Silver street, Saddle Street, Owengate, all the way to Durham Castle. Make sure to stop and admire the beautiful buildings, enjoy a cup of tea and let the beauty of the city sync in.
3. Check Out The Durham Market Place, Indoor Market & St. Nicholas Church
One thing about me: I love markets. Especially markets with local products and of course, delicious food. Whenever I visit a new city – I always check out the markets as well – which for me, is a must. What I really liked about Durham is that it has a big indoor market as well. So after I’ve spent some time tasting and buying products from the outdoor market, I went in. The indoor market is beautiful and with its structure and arches, don’t know why, but it just made me feel like I was part of a Harry Potter movie.
So after I’ve spent some time tasting and buying products from the outdoor market, I went in. The indoor market is beautiful and with its structure and arches, don’t know why, but it just made me feel like I was part of a Harry Potter movie.
4. Take a Step Back In Time – Explore The Durham Cathedral & Durham Castle
After I’ve walked around the city, had a great cup of tea, a delicious scone and explored the markets in Durham, it was finally time to visit Durham Cathedral and Castle. I always enjoyed visiting World Heritage sites and Durham is one of them. The Cathedral, which was built in 1093 is simply grand and one of the most impressive buildings that I have seen. The Castle is just next to it and seeing them both, from the courtyard gives one a great idea of how things used to be, almost a Millenium ago.
The Cathedral, which was built in 1093 is simply grand and one of the most impressive buildings that I have seen in the UK. The Castle is just next to it and seeing them both, from the courtyard gives one a great idea of how things used to be, almost a Millenium ago.
5. Grab a Bite or a Drink at Any of Durham’s Quirky Little Restaurants and Cafes
If you’ve checked me out on Instagram you probably know that I am a foodie. In the past, I used to spend money on products and clothes when I traveled but now I spend them on food. I try everything once and if I like it, I will definitely eat it again.
Remember what I’ve said about Durham’s cozy pubs, cafes and restaurants? On one weekend, I got invited to a lovely restaurant in Durham for dinner. I had such a great time and it’s a place that you can definitely consider if you plan on eating out in Durham! You can read about my experience at the Kindslodge Inn here.
6. Relax at The Durham Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden is a must and yet another thing to explore if you are visiting Durham on a day trip or for the weekend. What I really enjoyed about the garden is that is has a little something from all over the world. The plants and flowers are extremely beautiful and they also have glasshouses for tropical species.
Be ready to meet some creepy-crawlies as well, but only if you want to. I will not give more details about this, as it will be really interesting to discover them by yourself.
Have you been to Durham or planning to visit soon?
What do you think about this destination in the north east of England?
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