A Day In Durham on Two Feet & Four Legs
If you arrive by train in Durham, the first thing you will see from the station is the majestic Cathedral dominating the city, it's quite breathtaking to see.
From the station it is a about a 20 minute walk from the station, crossing Frammwelgate Bridge takes you in the main shopping area, follow Silver Street up to the top of the hill, veering to the right takes you into Saddler Street, another short uphill walk, this will bring you out to the Cathedral when you take the right hand fork in the road at the top. The way is well signposted.
The stunning Cathedral is obviously one of the main attractions for visitors to Durham; we recommend getting there as early as you can to avoid the crowds. Entry is free, although there are collection boxes if you want to make a donation. Look for the tombs of St. Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede, take a walk around the cloisters and enjoy the beautiful architecture of this building. Fans of Harry Potter will recognise parts of the Cathedral used in the films UK here/US here. There is a cafe if you need a break. Outside on Palace Green is the perfect spot for photos and taking in the architecture of the Cathedral and Durham Castle opposite. You may even want to return for Choral Evensong service at 17.15. You can find out more about Choral Evensong here. Dogs are allowed in the Cloisters only. You can enter the Cathedral via North Bailey which will take you through the Cathedral Close and into the Cloister.
If you enjoy peaceful strolls away from the hustle and bustle of the city, look no further than Durham’s riverside walk. Follow the meandering path of the River Wear as you pass the beautiful local scenery such as Prebends Bridge, St. Oswalds Church, and of course the Cathedral on this 3-mile walk. Though the city centre is still within easy reach during this walk, you’ll feel worlds away within the natural surroundings.
The Indoor City Market Hall, built in 1851, this Victorian venue offers over 50 independent traders. You'll get a warm and friendly welcome from all of the stallholders. Grab a hot drink and a bite to eat, or even some handmade gifts for to take home. Once you’ve finished perusing, pay a visit to the nearby Marquess of Londonderry’s statue. The town centre also has plenty of shopping to offer too, if that's what you enjoy doing.
Finding somewhere to eat in Durham is not difficult with many places to choose from. If you have a dog with you there are cafes with outside space. One we particularly enjoyed was The 9 Altars, which can be found just off Silver Street before Frammwelgate Bridge. Follow the sign and go down the steps that take you to the riverside walk, it's on the left of the passage. Dogs are welcome outside and downstairs in the cafe. It's small, but the staff are friendly, food is all freshly cooked, is reasonably priced and four-legged companions are offered a free sausage. What's not to like said Chelsea!
There are also quite a few pubs to choose from. The Court Inn was one we enjoyed, of course it's dog friendly and the atmosphere is equally friendly. The food is reasonably priced, with good portion sizes. If you like gin there is an eight page gin menu to choose from.
Durham is a University City, it has good vibe about it and there's lots to do, even though it's not vast. Definitely worth a visit if you have the chance. If you have a day, you can fill it in Durham. If you have more than a day, Durham is big enough to entertain you.