Discover Collegiate Durham
Author Bill Bryson called Durham “a perfect little city.” It is well known for its stunning cathedral and 11th century castle, which has been home to Durham University since 1832. The River Wear, on which the city sits, provides some fantastic scenery, while Durham is also home to plenty of parks and gardens to entertain those who enjoy the great outdoors.
The city has plenty of shopping and entertainment options to suit all tastes. Museums, art galleries, theatres, comedy clubs, art house cinema and a huge selection of restaurants, bars and coffee houses are just waiting to be discovered.
Durham city centre is a delightful mix of ancient buildings, cobbled streets and contemporary shops, selling everything from locally made homewares to designer labels from around the world. With a population of around 50,000, Durham is the perfect size – there’s always something fun to do, but the city doesn’t feel like it suffers from overcrowding in the way that many modern UK cities do.