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History Tour

  • 1 hour  30 minutes

  • £13 per person

  • Under 12's free

Tour Summary

Take a walk through time as we explore the stunning and dramatic peninsula of Durham city. From some of the most spectacular vantage points around, we will discover tales of the miraculous St. Cuthbert and his journey here 300 years after his death! We encounter legendary kings and ferocious rivalries that have shaped Durham since the Anglo-Saxon times. From wealthy and eccentric Prince Bishops, to humble locals, we uncover how people have created and shaped Durham into the city it is today.



Meeting Point:     

‘The Man on the Horse Statue’, Durham Market Place, DH1 3NJ

Route Highlights: 

The Market Place, Framwellgate and Prebends bridges, Durham riverside, city walls, The Bailey, UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palace Green, Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral.

Finishing Point: 

Durham Cathedral

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Key Info

  • The walk will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes and will include some steep, descending steps and some short, steep inclines. We will stop regularly on route.

  • Unfortunately, the route is not wheelchair accessible. We will encounter one small descending set of stairs to the riverside and some sloping, uneven terrain around the route. Please contact us if you would like to discuss creating a tailored route that will make the tour more accessible for you. We promise we will not compromise on content. 

  • Dogs are encouraged! Please be mindful that the main streets are likely to be busy during the tour.

  • The tour will go ahead in all weather. Please be prepared for changeable North East conditions.

  • If we cancel the tour in the case of extreme weather, we will offer a full refund.

  • During winter months, the tour will take place after sunset. This will give us some beautiful and atmospheric views. We will provide flashlights for navigation along the dark riverside concrete path.

  • The maximum number of people permitted on this tour is 20. This is to ensure that quality is maximised and we do not cause congestion on Durham’s streets.

  • If you wish to discuss group bookings, please contact us and we can discuss your requirements.

  • Please note that we will not enter any buildings during the tour. We aim to provide a tour of the main highlights in the city so that you can then explore them internally in your own time. 

  • Cancellations must be made no later than 24 hours before the tour is due to start. If you cancel after this time, a refund cannot be given.  

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