A beautiful, historic and captivating city located in North-east England, Durham is a UNESCO world heritage site, and has been named by Condé Nast’s Traveller magazine as ‘the best city in the UK’. On this tour we will introduce the history of this grand city and its crowning glory – Durham Cathedral.
After a stroll in this quintessential and ancient English university city, with cobbled streets, quaint cafes and a picturesque riverside, we will then arrive at its most magnificent attraction – Durham Cathedral.
Durham Cathedral is one of the finest cathedrals in Britain, with stunning Norman and Gothic architecture and exquisite stained glass windows. Built in 1093, it houses the shrine of St Cuthbert – one of Britain’s most famous saints – as well as the Venerable Bede, Britain’s equivalent to China’s great historian Sima Qian.
Follow in the footsteps of the Monks through the medieval Cloister, which forms the essential part of the Cathedral’s most complete set of monastic buildings in Britain. Discover why criminals used to flee to the Cathedral for safety, how the Cathedral survived the destruction of the monasteries in King Henry VIII’s reign, once housed thousands of Scottish soldiers, and how this became the home of one of Christianity’s most famous religious figure.
Durham Cathedral has also been used as a filming location for various blockbuster movies such as Harry Potter and Marvel Avengers. Walk the corridors used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, and if you are lucky you may even see Professor McGonagall’s classroom, used by Harry himself.
On display in the vaulted undercroft is Durham Cathedral in LEGO, an incredible replica model with over 300,000 LEGO bricks.
Your native British Mandarin-speaking guide will introduce the history and stories behind this fascinating Cathedral, help you explore its brand new ‘Open Treasure’ museum with significant Anglo-
Saxon treasures. You will then be invited to try traditional tea and cream scones in its atmospheric Undercroft Restaurant.
So if you want to explore this hidden English treasure with a local – get in touch!
Open Treasures Museum
Durham’s historic streets
Tea and cake in Durham Cathedral
Native British Mandarin-speaking guide
Durham Cathedral and ‘Open Treasure’ entrance costs
Traditional tea and cake in the Undercroft Restaurant (tea & cream scone or tea & cake)
Approx. 2-3 hour tour (the Cathedral, Open Treasure & tea will take approx. 2 hours)
Transport to/from the tour start/end point
Max 15 customers per guide
Our half-day walking tours are approximately 2-3 hours long
This tour starts from Durham Train Station
This is a walking tour so we recommend you wear a pair of comfortable shoes you are happy walking in for a prolonged period of time
If you would like to extend your half-day tour into a full day tour, please let us know when enquiring and we will be happy to accommodate.
More general details about our tours can be found here.
Although transport is not included in our half-day city walking tours, all tour locations can be easily accessed from London or other nearby cities by train or private vehicle.
Depart from London Kings Cross Station, Edinburgh Waverley Station or York Station
Arrive at Durham Station
Length of journey: 3hr (from London), 2hr (from Edinburgh), 1hr (from York)
Approx cost of return ticket: £150 (London), £90 (Edinburgh), £30 (York)
Train tickets can be booked in advance online here, or you can buy tickets on the day at the train station. Buying tickets in advance online may help you to save money, but please note some of these tickets are less flexible and require you to travel at specific times. We also provide a train ticket booking service, which saves you the hassle and helps you to book the tickets right for you. Simply mention that you would like train tickets arranged when submitting the form below.
If you would prefer to travel by private vehicle with your own driver, we can also arrange this for you. Simply mention that you would like private vehicle and driver arranged when submitting the form below. Please note, driving times can be significantly longer than train times.