If you are looking for budget friendly hotels or bed and breakfast accommodation, you can find a great selection of value-for-money two-star hotels all across Durham. These range from friendly and affordable guest houses in the charismatic university city of Durham, to hospitable bed and breakfast in the picturesque town of Barnard Castle.
2 Star Hotel Rooms with Internet Access
The majority of Durham's two-star hotel rooms now provide WiFi so you can always keep in contact with friends and family via e-mail, social media or Skype. Many provide this service for free or for a small hourly or daily supplement, and some hotels also have business centres with computers and printing facilities.
Spend the Day in Durham
See Durham's magnificent cathedral and castle, which represent more than 900 years of history and form one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the picturesque medieval manor house of Crook Hall and see its attractive gardens, then go to the Oriental Museum where you can observe many interesting historic artefacts from Asia and Africa.
Around the city you can find several affordable two-star hotels, all of which have well-presented rooms with comfortable single or double beds.
Explore County Durham's Beautiful Coastline
The Durham Heritage Coast, with its huge cliffs and attractive sandy coves, is perfect for a warm summer afternoon, although the scenery here is fantastic at any time of the year.
Visit Barnard Castle
This charming market town is home to the dramatic ruins of a 12th-century castle, which is regularly open to visitors. It's also the location of the the Bowes Gallery, an impressive European art exhibition, and organises a special live music festival each spring.
Hike in the Pennines
County Durham features the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is ideal for cycling and hiking and includes many beautiful woods, stone villages, and dramatic waterfalls. For easy access to the Pennines, consider choosing a hotel near Barnard Castle of further north near Consett.
Take the Family to the Beamish Adventure Park
Take part in an exciting High Ropes Course at the Beamish Adventure Park, which is surrounded by scenic ancient woods. Suitable for children aged 10 and above, it includes plenty of fun adventure trails, from swinging tires to zip-wires, and is next to a family-friendly restaurant and bar.
Other Places to Visit near 2 Star Hotels in Durham
Take the kids to the Adventure Valley park in Durham, which has an excellent indoor and outdoor play area and other children's attractions. The National Railway Museum in Shildon near Bishop Auckland also offers an interesting exhibition into the history of British railways and will provide another great day out for the entire family.
Two-star hotels in Durham often provide tourism leaflets and discount cards to local attractions and affordable places to eat out. If you are arriving at your destination well before your check-in time, or departing several hours after your check-out time, you may be able to store your baggage at the reception.