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Discover Our Hotels in Durham

Our recommended hotels offer the perfect accommodation for a Durham getaway at any time of the year. If you’re planning a trip to Durham, why not stay in a real castle? Lumley Castle is situated between the cities of Durham and Newcastle and is perfectly located for action-packed days out in Durham and adventures all over the North East of England.


Best Hotels in Durham

Our top pick for Durham breaks is undoubtedly Lumley Castle. Once described by the Daily Telegraph as “every child’s picture-book castle”, this is a hotel that really must be seen to be believed. 

The 14th-century castle is steeped in history and boasts elegant decor throughout its lovingly restored interior. Look out for original features that offer a glimpse into its past as you wander the rooms of this ancient castle. 

The beautiful natural surroundings of Lumley Castle include landscaped lawns and parks, perfect for afternoon strolls on sunny summer days. There are 73 bedrooms at the hotel, ranging from cosy and comfortable singles through to luxurious suites like the King James Suite. 

The Knights Restaurant is open to guests and visitors alike and serves delicious local cuisine made using the finest seasonal ingredients. Dine by candlelight beneath the vaulted ceiling and enjoy a traditional British menu in keeping with the castle’s intriguing history. 

If you’re planning a visit to Lumley Castle and looking for a unique and memorable experience, The Castle Escape Room should definitely be on your list. Nestled within the historic walls of a genuine castle, this escape room isn’t just a game; it’s a plunge into the past. With each room beautifully themed to reflect tales as old as the castle itself, you and your team will solve puzzles that are as enchanting as they are challenging.

However, if you’re looking for more entertainment during your stay at Lumley Castle, you won’t be disappointed. The hotel hosts an ever-changing selection of events, including famous Elizabethan Banquets and murder mystery evenings. 

Venture into Durham during the day, and you’ll be able to take your pick from endless attractions and activities. The city of Durham is well-known for its vibrant restaurant scene, and you’ll find no shortage of standout restaurants to enjoy here. 

Don’t miss Durham’s best pubs and bars, where you can sit back and relax by a roaring log fire as you sample traditional tipples like the original Durham Gin. 

You can also visit Durham University’s fascinating Museum of Archeology or head out of the city to Crook Hall Gardens, a beautiful National Trust property with an otherworldly English garden. And while you’re on the road, why not stop at Beamish to enjoy its world-famous open-air museum, which tells the stories of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s.

We also have hotels within easy reach of Durham, including the Bailiffgate Hotel, a brand-new addition to our collection set to open in Autumn 2024. Located in Alnwick, Northumberland, the hotel is ideal for those looking to explore the North East. 

Bailiffgate Hotel is to be housed within an iconic building at the heart of the town, with views over the Barbican entrance to Alnwick Castle. There will be 48 bedrooms here, including suites and apartments. Expect a stylish bar and restaurant, along with a private dining space for special occasions. 

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