Destination Pages - Cathedral and Castle across the River in Durham


Explore our conference venues in Durham

Host your next business meeting or conference in Durham

Located in the northeast of England, just below Newcastle, Durham City is known for its UNESCO-listed castle and cathedral. A quintessential English university city with winding cobbled streets, Durham was named one of Britain's eight most beautiful cities by National Geographic, making it an attractive backdrop for meetings and events. 

In addition to a broad range of meeting venues and conference hotels in Durham, groups will find award-winning museums, natural wonders, historic houses, and much more to explore in the beautiful surrounding Durham Dales and coastline.

Perfectly located for both international and domestic business meetings

Durham is well-served by rail from London, with a journey time of around three hours. There are also fast trains from other parts of the UK. For delegates traveling from further afield, Durham is easily accessible from Newcastle Airport and Teesside International Airport, both served by regular domestic and international flights. The airports can be reached quickly and easily by public transport or car/taxi from Durham in around 30-45 minutes. On nearby Tyneside, ferry services operate to North Shields throughout the year from Ijmuiden (Amsterdam).

Things to do with your group

  • Durham Cathedral is renowned for its magnificent Romanesque architecture. Climb the central tower's 325 steps for magnificent views of the city and the river below. 
  • Visit Auckland Castle – one of the best-preserved medieval bishops’ palaces in Europe. 
  • Take a trip to High Force Waterfall, reputed to be one of England’s tallest waterfalls and nestled in Upper Teesdale, part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 
  • Wander through the Alpine Garden, Winter Garden, Bamboo Grove, Woodland Garden, and wildflower meadow at Durham University Botanic Garden. 
  • Head back in time to experience the sights, sounds, smells, and delicious tastes of Beamish, an award-winning 1900s town. 
  • Experience the antique shops and food delights as you stroll the streets of the nearby market town, Barnard Castle.

Our venues in Durham

Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham - Exterior

Overlooking the River Wear right in the city centre, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham is the perfect place to unwind.

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