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Durham Self Catering Properties
Our featured rental agents below provide Durham cottage properties are arranged according to the amount each company provides, with the biggest range listed at the top - all cottages are within a 5 mile radius of Durham. Each company offers a certain amount of deals and reductions.
Cottages 4 You
- About 20 Durham holiday cottages
offered by Cottages 4 You with two person discounts available for some. There's also a wide variety of holiday properties to rent in the surrounding area. All cottages are graded and include price band guides.
- Holiday rentals also provide a small collection of Durham cottage properties
, most of which have user reviews. Some of the cottages include features such as indoor swimming pools, open-fires and satellite television. Weekly booking prices begin around the £240 mark.
- More Durham cottages available from Hoseasons, some of which can accommodate up to 5 people. Bookings for weekly stays start at around £200. A further 22 self catering cottages are offered within a 10 mile radius.
- A small range of Durham self catering cottages. most of which accommodate pets. Smokers are also allowed for selected properties. Each Durham cottage has a rating of 3 stars or above based on independent inspections.
Durham is one of the most attractive cities in the UK. Steeped in history, it manages to maintain a market town atmosphere that exudes charm and character. With its University and Cathedral, it is a popular short break destination and proves popular among those seeking weekend breaks and self catering holidays
The town itself is almost an island, due to the tight loop formed by the meandering River Wear. Within its centre there are numerous grassy areas that are ideal for picnics and alfresco lunches and which are set against the impressive backdrop of Durham Cathedral
. Begun in 1093 the cathedral is notable for its ornamental interior, 8th century manuscripts and majestic Norman stonework.
The Churches of St Mary le Bow and St Mary the Less are also worth visiting and date back to early Norman times.
is another major feature and is one of the oldest and most respected universities in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1832, it makes a significant contribution to the overall character and charm of the city. Some of its buildings, particularly those located on Palace Green, date back to the early 19th century and are still used by students to this day.
The West Durham Moors
that surround the city consists of beautiful, rugged terrain which is ideal for hiking, walking and camping. The moors rise to around 2000ft in the west, whereupon the landscape changes to offer dramatic waterfalls and reservoirs. See below for further information about leading visitor attractions, places to eat/drink and historical places of interest in the Durham area.
Durham visitor attractions
Read our summary for details of things to see and do while on your Durham cottages break. We've included gourmet restaurants, theaters and water-based activities.
River cruises are available at Durham's Elvet Bridge
, courtesy of Prince Bishop River Cruises
. Lasting one hour, daytime trips include lunch while evening cruises feature a Disco BBQ. Cruises cost £14.95 and run from January to November. Browns Rowing Boats provide boats for hire between April and October - prices for adults are £3.50, children £2.50, under 4s go free.
Food and drink
The Gala Theatre and Cinema
plays host to a variety of live musical acts, performers and comedians - prices range from £7 to £15 There are also two cinema screens showing the latest films and blockbusters. For a night off cooking during your Durham self catering holiday, visit one of Durham's selection of fine restaurants. These include Gourmet Spot
, which is on The Avenue, Numjai Thai restaurant on Millburngate Road and the award winning Oldfields on Claypath road.
History and Culture
is a world heritage site and dates back to Norman times. Its main attractions include the Tower, which affords some excellent views over the city, and the treasures of St Cuthbert which exhibit artifacts of Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
. Doors open at 10 and admission is between £2.50 to £3.00. Discounts are available for children and groups. For a history of County Durham's industrial past, visit Beamish Open Air Museum
. Unlike other museums Beamish is a living and working example of 19th and early 20th century life in the North during the Industrial Revolution. Its won multiple awards and vividly showcases this important time in British history. Open from 10 - 5pm admission starts at £10 for children and £16 for adults.