Visit the charming city of Durham and see its magnificent cathedral, which overlooks the dramatic Wear valley and has one of the most spectacular backdrops of any church in Britain. You can choose from a great range of hotels near Durham Cathedral, from value-for-money inns to high-end modern hotels.
About the Cathedral
Dating back to the 11th Century, Durham Cathedral is one of England's most complete Norman landmarks. 143 metres long and 66 metres high at its tower, the cathedral replace a Saxon church, and is noted for its impressive Romanesque architecture and stone nave vault that has stayed intact for more than nine centuries. The building also exhibits many impressive medieval wall paintings, and has a restaurant serving delicious freshly prepared meals.
Immortalised in Harry Potter
Durham Cathedral was used as a filming location for the Harry Potter films 'The Philosopher's Stone' (2001) and the 'Chamber of Secrets' (2002), when the interior and exterior were used to depict the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Durham Hotels with Well-Appointed Rooms
Wherever you stay near Durham Cathedral, you can expect comfortable accommodation that will normally include WiFi access and other homely comforts such as tea and coffee-making facilities.
One of the most prestigious places to stay in the city is the Radisson BLU Hotel, a four-star venue that is just over half a mile from the cathedral by foot. Here, you can look forward to elegant rooms with mini-bars and free WiFi, and benefit from a tasty complimentary breakfast and access to a luxury spa and indoor pool.
Other Attractions in Durham
No visit to this city would be complete without spending some time at Durham Castle, which has also existed since the Norman period and is just a short walk from the cathedral. Now housing students of Durham University, the building has a well-preserved Keep and Great Hall, and two chapels that date back to the Norman era and 15th-century respectively.
For more insight into the city's historic development, visit the Durham Museum and Heritage Centre, which is housed in a former church and has many interesting artefacts related to Durham's medieval origins.