Durham City Half-Day Tour

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 year olds
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  • Soak up the medieval city of Durham and learn about the fascinating history that has shaped the city today.
  • This 3.5-hour walking tour is the ideal introduction to a beautiful city.
  • Visit the colossal Durham Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the exhibition Open Treasure.
  • Stroll through Durham’s much-walked streets and appreciate the architectural style adopted by the Normans during the 11th and 12th centuries.

Visit one of north England’s most famous cities, Durham, on an awesome guided tour. A medieval city steeped in history, delve into Durham’s intriguing past from when it was founded by monks to details of its Anglo-Saxon saint, St Cuthbert. This half-day tour is a great way to gain an in-depth introduction to the city.

Meeting your guide at Durham Station, you will explore the city by foot through its narrow, atmospheric streets. Marvel at the abundance of innovative and inspirational architecture, which spans almost 1000 years of history. You will be guided through the grand cathedral, and learn about the history of the building. A UNESCO world heritage site, there is no doubt that you’ll catch your breath both admiring its striking Romanesque architecture both inside and out. A centre point for pilgrimage in medieval England due to it being the final resting place of St Cuthbert in 687 AD, this impressive cathedral will charm both children and adults alike. You will also visit the world-class Open Treasure exhibition where you can explore the spectacular 14th-century Monks’ Dormitory and the Great Kitchen, one of the only two surviving medieval monastic kitchens in the UK. Entry to both the cathedral and exhibition are included in your ticket. Afternoon lunch is not included in the tour, but your guide can recommend some fantastic places to suit all taste buds after you have built up an appetite on during the day. This awesome tour is a great way to visit some of Durham’s most famous and oldest sights.

What to know before you go

  • Admission to Durham Cathedral and the exhibition Open Treasure are included in the price of your ticket.
  • The tour starts at either 9am or 1pm.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.
  • Meet your guide outside Durham station next to platform one. Your guide will be wearing an Iles Tours branded jacket or polo top.
  • Please show your ticket on your smartphone when you arrive at the meeting point.
  • The tour ends at Durham Cathedral.
  • There is a moderate amount of walking in this tour.
  • This is an English-speaking live tour.  
  • The minimum age for this tour is seven.
  • Lunch is not included in this tour. Your guide will be happy to recommend somewhere afterwards. Feel free to bring additional food and drinks with you.
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring clothes for all weather conditions.
  • If you require wheelchair access, let the tour company know in advance.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera; there will be plenty of photo opportunities.
  • Changes may be possible for this ticket.
  • You have the option of selecting a free cancellation when booking your ticket and cancelling until 11.59pm on the day before your visit.

Getting there

  • The starting point of the tour is Durham Station, Station Approach, Durham DH1 4RB.
  • It finishes at Durham Cathedral, The College, Durham DH1 3EH.
  • There’s a direct train from London Kings Cross to Durham within three hours. Newcastle is short 11-minute train journey to Durham.
  • Bus routes 16A, 20, 21, 50, 56, 816 and X20 stop at Durham station.
  • By car, Durham has easy access to the A1/A1(M) motorway. There is a short stay car park at Durham station or Sidegate car park is a 10-minute walk away.

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A view of the Romanesque Durham Cathedral.
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