Hotels in Durham


Bursting with historical attractions and modern delights, Durham welcomes visitors with open arms! Enjoy views of spectacular Durham Cathedral and the quaint Old Town from the luxury Radisson Blu Hotel. Just minutes from the hotel you’ll find great shopping and top attractions such as Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral, while the award-winning Bowes Museum is just outside the city.

If anyone in Durham mentions cows there is a splendid reason for it. According to legend Durham owes its very location to a cow. Apparently a milkmaid who had lost her cow bumped into the pall bearers of Saint Cuthbert, who were searching for Dun Holm (Durham) after Saint Cuthbert’s spirit asked to be taken there. The milkmaid, still in search of her cow, led them to the spot where Durham Cathedral sits today - and so the city was founded in 995AD. On the south side of the cathedral you’ll find a stone carving depicting this moment.

Durham’s religious importance means it has been a stronghold for the north of England for centuries and it was often a great point of defence against Scottish invasions. In more recent times Durham was a successful mining town and it worked its coal mines until the 1970s when the pits were eventually closed. Today the city is famed for its beauty and historic buildings – there are more than 600 listed buildings and the view up the hill of the UNESCO World Heritage cathedral and 11th century Norman castle from the River Wear is wonderful. This is also where the University of Durham is housed - an extraordinary location and one which makes the city even more popular with young people.

Visitors enjoy walks along the river which winds and curves creating a peninsula of land where the old town lies. From the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham it’s easy to stroll into town. Some of the bridges between the peninsula and the rest of the city are worth a look from Elvet Bridge with its medieval craftsmanship, to Prebends Bridge with its pretty stone arches and great photo opportunities of the woodlands and the cathedral. Even the 1960s Kingsgate Bridge is striking against the city’s historic backdrop. It’s a hilly city but you’ll soon forget tired legs as you become immersed in Durham’s pretty cobbled streets, soaking up the lively atmosphere, enjoying the street music, popping into boutique shops, cafes and market places. If you need a break from the activity, a good place to relax and take it all in is Palace Green, in front of the cathedral and castle, or for pure English serenity head to Crook Hall, a 13th century house well known for its cream teas served in the delightful gardens.

Hotels in Durham

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham
    Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham


    Just a short walk from Durham Castle, this hotel offers premium lodging in the heart of the city. After a day exploring the cathedral and charming marketplace, retreat to your cosy room and enjoy appealing amenities like Free high-speed, wireless Internet. Deliciously convenient dining is available at Filini, and the on-site Lime House Spa offers a range of revitalising treatments. Rounding out the list of features are 11 state-of-the-art meeting rooms.

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