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Where to Stay in and Around Durham - City, Seaside, and Countryside

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Visitors who want to be next door to Durham's prime attractions will find places to stay within walking distance of Durham's castle and cathedral. You can choose from modern chain hotels, smaller independent properties, bed-and-breakfasts, and guesthouses in the historic city centre and on the outskirts. You'll also find hotels and guesthouses in neighbouring towns like Hartlepool and Bishop Auckland, and on Durham Heritage Coast.

Durham City

 

Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral dominate the city's attractive city centre. Stylish college buildings cluster around the Castle. You'll find a couple of small museums close at hand, as well as some cozy pubs. You can walk to the historic centre from Durham's train station and bus station in around 10 minutes.

 

There's little room to build big hotels in central Durham. Your best bet in this part of town is to seek out a smaller inn or a comfortable independent guesthouse or B&B.

 

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Durham outskirts

 

If you need to stay near the train station, or if you're arriving by car, you'll find conveniently located accommodation just outside central Durham. Leazes Road separates the newer part of town from the historic centre. Castle and cathedral are within easy walking distance. You'll also find activities like boating and river cruises nearby.

 

North of the old city centre, you'll find a choice of larger hotels and no-frills chain properties. Some of these sit beside the River Wear, with great views of the cathedral. You can also seek out cozy guesthouses, B&Bs, and independent inns in this part of Durham.

 

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Durham Heritage Coast

 

If you like sea breezes, big skies, and beachcombing, you'll love Durham's Heritage Coast. The coastline sweeps in a long curve between picturesque Seaham and Hartlepool Bay, at the mouth of the River Wear. Landscapes here are dominated by rugged limestone cliffs and long, windswept sandy beaches. You can walk a 20-mile stretch of the England Coast Path, through wildflower meadows and sand dunes.

 

Accommodation on Durham's Heritage Coast clusters around spots like Seaham. Near this small harbor town, you can find rooms in country house hotels, guesthouses, and boutique inns. There are modern hotels around Peterlee. Bus services connect Seaham and Peterlee with Durham and Hartlepool.

 

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Bishop Auckland

 

Bishop Auckland is an ideal base for exploring the hills and valleys of the Durham Dales. Historic attractions like Auckland Castle and Binchester Roman Town are on its doorstep. The heritage locations of Durham are 10 miles away, easy to reach by bus or car. You'll find golf courses, country parks, and welcoming pubs nearby.

 

You'll find B&Bs and guesthouses in the centre of Bishop Auckland and on the outskirts, within walking distance of Auckland Castle. There are also inns and upscale country house hotels nearby.

 

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Hartlepool

 

If you like a whiff of the sea and a taste of history, you'll enjoy staying on Hartlepool's rejuvenated waterfront. You'll find bars and restaurants around the lively marina area. Attractions like the historic ships at Hartlepool's Maritime Experience are within sight. The formidable Heugh Battery fort and medieval St. Hilda's Church are a few minutes walk from the harbor.

 

Places to stay in Hartlepool range from purpose-built modern hotels by the marina to old-style inns. You'll find B&Bs and guesthouses in the centre, and small hotels with panoramic North Sea views in outlying suburbs like Seaton Carew.

 

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