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Durham Castle and Town

A hotel in Durham will allow you properly explore and experience the beautiful English settlement, which, over one thousand years old, has been the historic and cultural hub of Northern England over the course of many periods in history. Book a Durham hotel with Best Western to enjoy the influence that the city's past has had on its architecture and culture.

Durham neighbourhoods

The past of this wonderful city can be seen in its striking architecture and its beautiful structures as you stroll through the cobbled and buzzing streets after a morning latte in your Durham hotel. Durham University, the third-oldest in the country after Oxbridge and one of the only remaining collegiate campuses, lends a touch of class, an array of impressive facilities and a friendly buzz to the surrounding areas. From your hotel in Durham, take a trip to the Norman-built cathedral and castle. They are a testament to the area's historical importance, both having been designated UNESCO world heritage sites. The castle, used as a stronghold to stamp Norman authority on the rebellious Northerners, is the only castle to not have been breached in the United Kingdom.

Shopping in Durham

The Marquess of Londonderry statue presides over Market Place in the cobbled city centre. From here, the Bailey's winding lanes lead to the luxurious Palace Green and the aforementioned castle and cathedral. When looking for a hotel in Durham, consider being near the bustling, Victorian Indoor Market in the city centre. It offers a wide range of bargains and knick-knacks to satisfy the most dedicated of bargain hunters. Throughout the city, off-the-wall craft shops and stylish boutiques nestle in between top-name brands. The higgledy-piggledy streets are dripping with atmosphere. To people-watch in one of the many coffee shops at the end of a day's browsing is a surprisingly memorable experience. Leave your Durham hotel and head across Framwellgate Bridge where you'll find modern shops and bars along North Road, or perhaps rummage through knick-knacks and bargains at the bustling Victorian Indoor Market. Fowlers Yard is also worth a look as it now acts as creative space for craftsmen selling one-of-a-kind prints, photos and tapestries.

Eating and drinking in Durham

Argued to be the birthplace of mustard, Durham is home to a host of fine restaurants and eateries as well as pubs and bars. If you're a keen foodie, think about booking a Best Western hotel in Durham near the Market Place where most of the city's restaurants and tearooms are located. A wide selection of soups, sandwiches and snacks are served in the cosy central cafés for the tired tourist. Vennels, overlooking a beautiful 16th-century courtyard, or The Almshouses on Palace Green, deserve a special mention. The place for a gorgeous Italian meal has to be San Marcos at North Bailey, where platters of pasta and pizzas are carted between the tables and the only thing more agreeable than the staff is the portions. For the region's best Indian cuisine, head to Shaheen's in North Bailey for great flavour, value and an impressive selection; you'll be spoilt for choice!

Attractions in Durham

When booking a Best Western hotel, in Durham consider the many attractions and things to do. The historic city, as you might expect, has a unique collection of museums. The Oriental Museum, attached to the University is the country's only museum that is devoted solely to oriental art and antiques. Here you can see an impressive display of Chinese and Egyptian artefacts. Step back in time at the Durham Heritage Centre and Museum which houses local history, telling the story of Durham's growth from the Tenth Century to present day using displays, models and artefacts - a must for any history buff! Head to the Walkergate Development for an evening out of clubbing, drinking and socialising, or perhaps some theatre or comedy at the Gala Theatre. Book a Best Western hotel in Durham to experience this ancient and atmospheric settlement first hand. You'll have a UK city break like no other!

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BEST WESTERN Whitworth Hall Hotel,
Whitworth Hall Country Park, Brancepeth, County Durham, DL16 7QX
3 stars

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Stay in a deer park, near Durham The BEST WESTERN Whitworth Hall Hotel lies just 8 miles from Durham city centre, set in the middle of a deer park! The hotels rural setting means you can enjoy peace, quiet and quality w ...

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Distance from centre:
5.12 miles
8.24 km
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BEST WESTERN Beamish Hall Hotel,
Beamish, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0YB
4 stars

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BEST WESTERN Beamish Hall Hotel is a destination in itself, with a four star home-from-home, pub/restaurant with micro brewery and Beamish Wild Outdoor Adventure Park and High Ropes Course located in the grounds of the e ...

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Distance from centre:
8.48 miles
13.65 km
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Hardwick Hall Hotel,
Sedgefield, Durham, County Durham, TS21 2EH
4 stars

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A delightful haven near Durham BEST WESTERN PLUS Hardwick Hall Hotel is just 8 miles away from Durham, just off the A1(M). Country comfort awaits, so whether you need the perfect business base or a relaxing retreat, thi ...

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Distance from centre:
9.00 miles
14.48 km
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Gibside Hotel,
Front Street, Whickham, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE16 4JG
3 stars

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BEST WESTERN PLUS Gibside Hotel, in the centre of wonderful Whickham village, has the location location location you're looking for - whether you're here on business or staying at your leisure. Built in 1982 and extende ...

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Distance from centre:
12.37 miles
19.90 km
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BEST WESTERN Derwent Manor Hotel,
, Allensford, Northumberland, DH8 9BB
3 stars

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BEST WESTERN Derwent Manor Hotel enjoys a delightful rural location on the outskirts of Consett, nestled amongst 20 acres of Northumberland countryside and overlooking Derwent Valley, and yet is easily accesible from the ...

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Distance from centre:
13.04 miles
20.99 km
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BEST WESTERN Roker Hotel,
Roker Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, SR6 9ND
3 stars

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Seaside charm in Sunderland The BEST WESTERN Roker Hotel overlooks the dramatic North Sea from its enviable Sunderland vantage point. Roker Pier & Lighthouse are clearly visible from the hotel too, while the city centre ...

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Distance from centre:
13.49 miles
21.72 km
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BEST WESTERN Ryokan Hotel,
358 Westgate Road, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, NE4 6NU
3 stars

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Nip up to Newcastle-upon-Tyne! BEST WESTERN Ryokan Hotel is just a stones throw from Newcastle City Centre, within a 10 minute walk of its many shops, theatres, bars and sports venues. Though you'll be staying in a Gra ...

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Distance from centre:
13.81 miles
22.23 km
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BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel,
, Walworth, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL2 2LY
3 stars

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12th Century charm meets 21st Century convenience The BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel near Darlington offers all the peace and quiet that comes with staying in the countryside, with none of the isolation. Set withi ...

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Distance from centre:
14.80 miles
23.82 km
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BEST WESTERN New Kent Hotel,
127 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE2 2TB
3 stars

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Nestled in the suburbs of Newcastle The BEST WESTERN New Kent Hotel is perfectly placed to the north of Newcastle Upon Tyne. In the popular suburb of Jesmond you'll be close to trendy shops and cafes, with the vibrant ...

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Distance from centre:
15.20 miles
24.46 km
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BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel,
Swainson Street, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS24 8AA
3 stars

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Comfort on the coast The BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel in Hartlepool offers the best of both worlds. Combining old and new, the traditional French Chateaux building plays host to a modern decor inside, while its wonderful co ...

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Distance from centre:
16.15 miles
25.99 km
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BEST WESTERN The Sea Hotel,
Sea Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 2LD
3 stars

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Sea and scenery in South Shields BEST WESTERN The Sea Hotel enjoys a wonderful location in South Shields, at the mouth of the River Tyne and on one of Britains most scenic coastlines. Ideally placed for Sunderland and ...

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Distance from centre:
17.00 miles
27.35 km
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BEST WESTERN Parkmore Hotel & Leisure Club,
636 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Tees Valley, TS16 0DH
3 stars

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A wonderful setting near Stockton-on-Tees The BEST WESTERN Parkmore Hotel and Leisure Club lies just 3 miles from Stockton-on-Tees, and within walking distance of Yarm. Standing proudly as a Victorian building, compl ...

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Distance from centre:
19.72 miles
31.74 km
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BEST WESTERN Middlesbrough,
Marton Road, Middlesbrough, Teesside, TS4 2PA
3 stars

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Take a break in Teeside. BEST WESTERN Middlesbrough Hotel sits just a mile outside Middlesbrough town centre, putting the North East and its many attractions right on your doorstep. In the heart of Teeside, you'll be s ...

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Distance from centre:
20.61 miles
33.17 km
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BEST WESTERN Beaumont Hotel,
Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LT
3 stars

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The BEST WESTERN Beaumont Hotel is bang in the centre of Hexham, a magical North East market town. Family owned and run, it provides excellent accommodation as well as great value for money! Its location makes a trip to ...

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Distance from centre:
24.64 miles
39.65 km
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