Moments from the historic city centre, Hotel Indigo Durham is located in the former Old Shire Hall building on Old Elvet just 5 minutes from Durham railway station. The hotel is perfectly located to experience all that this charming city has to offer, with the cities magnificent trinity the university, castle and world-renowned Durham Cathedral just a short stroll away.
From Hotel Indigo – Durham, you’re just a short walk away from everything. And every walk here is a delight, whether it’s along the River Wear, through the university’s botanic gardens, or down narrow “vennels”, the tight alleyways that cut between city centre buildings. Down these side streets you’ll find some wonderful places to eat and drink, including Vennels Cafe, a local institution famed for its homemade quiche and chocolate cake. And no visit to Durham is complete without picking up some of the sensational range of fresh local produce available from the beautiful 150-year-old covered market.
Since you’re in just about the most English town imaginable, you should treat yourself to a centuries-old indulgence for the sweet-toothed – afternoon tea. At Tealicious, located just down the road from Hotel Indigo – Durham, you can get dainty, crustless sandwiches – smoked salmon and rocket is a favourite – and fruit scones served the proper way, with clotted cream, butter and strawberry jam.
When it comes to culture, meanwhile, you mustn’t miss out on an afternoon’s browsing round the Oriental Museum or an evening watching a world-class production at the Gala Theatre.
And if you’re in town on the second weekend of June, the Durham Regatta, staged every year since 1834, sees almost the entire town head to the banks of the River Wear – a three-minute walk from Hotel Indigo – Durham – for picnics, Pimm’s and close-up views of some of the world’s top rowers pushing themselves to the limit.
Speaking of tough physical work, Durham was for many years a mining town and there were once around a hundred deep mines in the Durham coalfield, which helped to fuel the country’s Industrial Revolution. Today none remain, but this isn’t a town that forgets its heritage in a hurry, and on the second Saturday of July Durham hosts the Durham Miners’ Gala, the largest trade union event in Europe.
With such a wealth of history, combined with a vibrant, forward-looking and welcoming population, this district is an unmissable gem: you’re guaranteed to leave the Trinity Neighbourhood feeling at least a little bit besotted.