Durham audio tour: Durham History Tour: A Guide to the City’s Landmarks and Legends

Durham History Tour: A Guide to the City’s Landmarks and Legends

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

This walking tour takes you on a journey through time to explore the dramatic peninsula of Durham city. You’ll make your way from the bustling heart of the city, along tranquil riverside footpaths and medieval bridges, to the world-famous Durham Cathedral. You’ll see some of the most spectacular vantage points around, and hear tales of St. Cuthbert and his miraculous journey to the city roughly 300 years after his death! Along the way, you’ll encounter the legendary kings and ferocious rivalries that have shaped Durham since the Anglo-Saxon times.

From wealthy and eccentric Prince Bishops to humble locals, you’ll meet the people who have made the city what it is today. Allow an hour for the tour without any additional stops. There are, however, plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants near the start and finish where you can pause for refreshments.

Tour Producer


Peter Groark

I'm a County Durham native- born on the coast at Seaham, I now live in nearby Thornley with my wife and dog. We love to hike around as much of the North East as we can and we never tire of it. Aside from Durham, my favourite place must be Lindisfarne.
I'm currently a geography teacher and I have recently set up my own walking tour business in Durham city. I was inspired by a recent trip to Florence when I took part in my very first walking tour and learned that visiting a city is so much more that just looking at its architecture. It is all about the people and the stories behind the city that make it.
I wanted to give people a little more insight into the rich and unique history of Durham- a place that writer Bill Bryson calls 'a perfect little city'.

Major Landmarks

  • Market Place

  • Framwellgate Bridge

  • Durham Castle

  • Durham Cathedral

  • Prebends Bridge

  • City Walls

  • The Bailey

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins in the Market Place which is in the centre of the city. Follow footpath signs from the train station and bus stops to the Market Place. The closest car park is Prince Bishops (DH1 3UJ) which is less than 5 minutes walk from the starting point.

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Places to stop along the way

For authentic Italian coffee, breakfast, snacks or even dinner stop off at Coviello Coffee and Barber. Located at 24 Silver Street, Durham, DH1 3RD- it is on the tour route and close to the start. Open from 9am till 6pm.
For a traditional Durham Pub call into the City Tavern, Market Place, Durham. DH1 3NJ. Located right at the start of the tour or within 5 minutes walk back from the finish of the tour. Real ales and quality pub grub.

Best time of day

Dusk is a great time to capture some spectacular views of the Castle, Cathedral and riverside. Weekends are busy at the starting point of the tour but on Saturdays you can catch the best of the Outdoor Market stalls. The tour can be enjoyed all year round but be mindful of some wet or icy riverside paths during winter.


The unique hilly and cobbled streets may prove to be a hazard for some visitors and there are some steep steps that make the tour inaccessible for wheelchair users. The riverside path can become wet and a little muddy in places.


Excellent tour. Well paced, clear and interesting. This was my first VoiceMap tour but will not be my last

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 2 months ago

Excellent introduction to the history of this beautiful city ! Audio work brilliantly syncing with our position in the route ! Brilliant narration !

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 5 months ago
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Durham History Tour: A Guide to the City’s Landmarks and Legends