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Shopping Around Durham - Antiques, Souvenirs, and Snacks

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If you're looking for a memento of your trip to Durham, you'll find purchases to please you in antique stores and museum shops. At farm shops and farmers' markets, you can buy local cheeses and other produce. Local folk have been buying and selling on Market Place for centuries, and this central square is still a shopping hub.

Museum shops in Durham


You'll find shops selling attractive, imaginative gifts and souvenirs at many visitor attractions in and around Durham. At the Oriental Museum shop, you can buy presents inspired by Asian arts and crafts - Indian silk scarves and Japanese lucky cat charms won't take up much space in your baggage. At Durham Cathedral, the shop sells limited edition prints by local artist Norman Wade, hand-made glassware and ceramics, and biblical study works.


  • Oriental Museum Shop, Elvet Hill, Durham DH1 3TH; Tel: +44 191 334 5694; Website: Oriental Museum Shop

  • Durham Cathedral Shop, Durham Cathedral, The College, Durham DH1 3EH; Tel: +44 191 386 4266; Website: Durham Cathedral Shop

Antique shops in Durham


If you're looking for a quirky, one-of-a-kind gift, you'll have fun browsing antique stores like Capercaillie Antiques. The ever-changing stock here can include Victorian silver jewelry and Whitby jet, prints, and ceramics. You'll find more than 30 antique traders under one roof at Barnard Castle Antiques Centre, where you can buy fine china, pottery, medals, militaria, and prints.


  • Capercaillie Antiques, 25-27 High Street North, Langley Moor, Durham DH7 8JG; Tel: +44 191 378 0175; Website: Capercaillie Antiques

  • Mission Hall Antiques Centre, 51 The Banks, Barnard Castle, Durham DL12 8PL ; Tel: +44 1833 631 101; Website: Mission Hall Antiques Centre


Arts and craft shops


Arts and crafts flourish in and around Durham. You can find works by local artists and artisans at places like The Art Shop and Kemble Gallery, in the city centre. There are also gifts here that children will enjoy, like colourful 3-D wooden puzzles. Other good buys include vivid silk purses and limited-edition ceramics.



Markets around Durham


If you're looking for picnic makings or tasty local produce to take home, you'll find lively farmers' markets around Durham. Farmers have been bringing their wares to market squares in towns and village centres since medieval times, and the tradition continues today. You'll find fruit, vegetables, and cheeses from nearby farms and bread and cakes from village bakeries at Durham Market Hall and at events like Barnard Castle Farmers' Market.


  • Durham Market Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ; Tel: +44 191 384 6153; Website: Durham Market Hall

  • Barnard Castle Farmers' Market, Market Place, Barnard Castle, Durham DL12 8L2; Tel: +44 7775 670 134; Website: Barnard Castle Farmers' Market