Durham is one of the most dramatic cultural and historic destinations in the UK. At its centre is a stunning cathedral which sits atop a prominent peninsula overlooking the wooded slopes of the meandering River Wear. Beside it is a captivating Norman Castle, used by the university, but open for tours. From here walk into the centre via winding cobbled streets, to browse some of the unusual shops, or its colourful marketplace. This old English university city has a wonderful timeless quality about it, ripe for exploration and yet plenty of time and opportunity to relax.
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Closest Curious Walks
- An exploration of Durham's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
- Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Durham in becoming what it is today.
- This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
- A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
- The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.
- One booklet is suitable for up to 4 people, and is available to instantly download on purchase for printing at home or for using immediately on your mobile device, or we can print and bind it then send to you using 1st class Royal Mail.
Curious About... Durham
Curious About... Durham
Two walks are included in the booklet, the 2nd starts where the first finishes.
1. Cathedral to Castle - 1.6 miles / 2.6 kms
From the magnificence of Durham’s iconic cathedral, ‘one of the great architectural experiences of Europe’, you walk along the banks of the River Wear for a while, before returning to the Cathedral Close, and ancient university buildings. Cross the river briefly, to experience another corner of the city, before returning to the peninsular’s centre, back past the Cathedral to the impressive Norman castle.
Children's University event1.5 hoursNot Suitable
2. Castle to City View - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From Palace Green with its cathedral, castle and university buildings, you head down winding streets to the Market Place, home to a delightful indoor market. Onward, and across the River Wear, to characterful streets and a towering viaduct which carries the railway. Upward now to end your walk at Wharton Park where there are children's activities, a visitor centre, a café and fabulous views across the whole of the city.
Children's University event1 hourNot Suitable
Each booklet is A5 size. You can: a) download to your computer & print; b) download to your phone or tablet (different format) & use directly from there; c) order a pre-printed copy which we post to you. Each has a page dedicated to the history of the city; 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions re what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions how to find a clue if you're stuck; a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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Download files are typically between 3 and 6 mb. You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free). Please see our FAQs page for further information.
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A postage & packing charge of £1.49 is made for 1 or 2 booklets within the UK. 3 to 6 booklets it's £1.99, and after that it's £3.99. Outside the UK it's £2.49 for 1 booklet, £2.99 for 2 booklets, £4.99 for 3 to 6 booklets and £7.99 after that.
If you are enrolled in the Children's University you can now gain hours towards your next award by completing one or more of our many Curious About walks.
Please note, for safety reasons a child should be accompanied by an adult, either parent/carer or person in loco parentis. Also, the booklets may require a degree of interpretation by an adult, as well as support and guidance.
To get your Children's University sticker:
- Buy the download or booklet (which will contain two walks).
- Complete one or both walks in your own time.
- Complete the Returns Form below and send it to us:
Complete one form for each location (eg Durham).
Let us know one additional interesting fact you discovered along the route for each walk you complete (this provides proof that you did it).
- We will then send you an email with your sticker, which you can print, cut out and stick in your passport. Hours awarded will equal those shown against each walk.
What People are Saying!
"We enjoyed both Durham and the booklet (it enhanced our enjoyment of Durham) and would recommend it & you to others - I will contact you when we go on future visits. Thanks."
"We have just enjoyed a few days visiting Durham and purchased the curious about Durham booklet which my daughters found fun."