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Durham Cathedral


Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Durham city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Durham's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
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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Curious About... Durham

  • 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.

1. Cathedral to Castle - 1.5 miles / 2.4 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 and, once again, Durham’s breathtaking cathedral.
1.5 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.
1 hourNot Suitable

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

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).

Printed Copy
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 small postage & packing charge is added.

"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."

"Hello! Just come back from Durham, trip considerably enhanced by your wonderful self-guided walks.. Looking forward to doing more 'Curious About' walks soon, all the best"

Latest Revision : March 2024


Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail