Visit the third oldest University in England. Whether you're in Durham for business, city break, family holiday, or visiting Durham University as a parent or student, the university has something for everyone. Aside from the beautiful university itself, there's plenty to see around the area.
What to see at University of Durham
Founded in 1832, the University of Durham is the third oldest in England and worth a visit for its wide variety of attractions and activities. At the Palace Green Library, visit the home of the University's archives, collections, and treasure from around the world. The library hosts regular exhibitions in its galleries: The Wolfson Gallery, The Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, and The History of the Book Gallery. You can also enjoy an exhibition space for the University's Museum of Archaeology ranging from prehistoric to post-medieval.
The working university botanical garden houses an alpine garden, winter garden, bamboo grove, woodland garden, and a wildflower meadow. It also has several self-guided activities and trails for children. Explore the University's collection of insects and spiders in the glass houses. Marvel at the artworks hidden along the garden paths. Buy a little something at the gift shop, relax in the café, and visit the visitor center.
Visit the Oriental Museum—the only museum in Northern England dedicated entirely to the art and archaeology of Northern Africa and Asia. Grab a bite at the museum café and buy a souvenir at the gift shop.