During the winter when the temperatures have dropped, there is nowhere better to stay than Durham hotels. From their cosy lounges complete with roaring log fires to the finishing touches in your room, no attention to detail is spared and your enjoyment and comfort is their priority. Look forward to the seasonal items and local produce featured on the menus in the local pubs and their range of drinks to warm you through. You will feel very much at home at one of these hotels from which you can explore this historic city.
Explore the Cobbled Streets
After a snowfall, the cathedral, castle and university buildings, with their white covering, look all the more picturesque. The cathedral is a World Heritage Site and is considered to be the best example of Norman architecture in Europe. While here, visit the resting place of St Cuthbert and climb the tower for an impressive view over the city and the countryside beyond. Wind through the streets, taking time to stop in the unique book, gift and food shops; the indoor market also welcomes visitors to browse. The compact city centre is bursting with places to eat, so whether you want a light lunch, a more substantial meal or an afternoon tea you will be spoilt for choice. Before the light fades, take a stroll along the banks of the River Wear, providing an alternative perspective of the city. You can then return to one of the Durham hotels after all the exercise and fresh air ready to enjoy a hearty meal.
Take in the Countryside from Durham Hotels
The Durham Dales are part of the North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are just a short drive from the city. Here heather moors meet meadows and woods, with tumbling waterfalls adding to the scenery. The area is full of wildlife and if you are lucky you might even spot a red squirrel. Whilst on a bracing walk through this magnificent landscape, you might also notice evidence of the area’s industrial past, as hints of its mining heritage are still visible. If you have another whole day to spare, visit Beamish Living Museum of the North to experience what life was like for those living in the area in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. Take a trip down the mine, ride on a tram and see how different homes, shops and businesses were from what we know today. You couldn’t ask for a better way to end your stay in Durham hotels.