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Top Choice Cathedral in Durham

Durham Cathedral

Monumental Durham Cathedral is the definitive structure of the Anglo-Norman Romanesque style, a resplendent monument to the country’s ecclesiastical history and, since 1986, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Beyond the …
Top Choice Castle in Durham

Durham Castle

Built as a standard motte-and-bailey fort in 1072, Durham Castle was the prince bishops' home until 1837, when it became the University of Durham's first college. It remains a university hall today. Highlights of th…
British in Durham

Garden House Inn

Dating from the 18th century, rustic country-style inn Garden House does great lunchtime sandwiches, such as lobster or crab, fennel and 'Nduja (spicy pork salami) and locavore menus at both lunch and dinner (Lindis…
British in Durham

Cellar Door Durham

Accessed via an inconspicuous door on Saddler St, this 12th-century building has glorious river views, including from the terrace. The internationally influenced menu features starters such as crispy lamb belly with…
Bistro in Durham

Finbarr's

Behind a high stone wall, country manor Aykley Heads House's exposed beams, wide floorboards and whitewashed walls provide an elegant setting for modern cuisine that takes its cues from Britain's north: haggis scotc…
Pub in Durham

Shakespeare Tavern

Built in 1190, this authentic-as-it-gets locals' boozer is complete with dartboard, cosy snugs, a terrific selection of beers and spirits, and wise-cracking characters propping up the bar – as well as, allegedly, a …
Cafe in Durham

Tealicious

Inside this quaint pastel-blue and white building, homemade cakes (such as white-chocolate cheesecake or ginger and lime), soups and sandwiches are complemented by 24 blends of tea served from individual pots in fin…
Burgers in Durham

Fat Hippo Durham

Durham's biggest, best and juiciest burgers – served in brioche buns and accompanied by hand-cut, triple-cooked chips – are sizzled up at the city's outpost of the massively popular Newcastle restaurant. Over 20 cra…