The hallowed halls of Durham University are steeped in history — in the 1800s, the esteemed place of learning found a home in the city’s 11th-century castle. Durham may be relatively diminutive in size, but it packs a punch in terms of heritage. Along with the castle, it has a Normal cathedral and quaint, cobbled streets littered with stories dating back as far as medieval times. The River Wear meanders through the centre, busy with the traffic of sightseeing boat trips, sports rowers, and tourists taking to the water in wooden hire boats. This northern city is perfect for a weekend away.
Hotel Indigo Durham, an Ihg Hotel
Stay in the centre of town on your Durham mini-break. The four-star Hotel Indigo is housed in a four-storey former civic building. Its original Victorian architecture is contrasted by the brand’s signature contemporary style. What was once a council chamber is now a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse with high ceilings and stained glass windows. And if you want a quick snack, you can visit the in-house Tinderbox cafe. 83 bedrooms pay homage to the city’s history, including academic and ecclesiastical design elements and vintage artefacts. Hotel Indigo places you close to the city’s attractions, ensuring you can visit the highlights on foot.
Radisson Blu Durham
A room at the Radisson Blu will bring you right to the city’s riverside. The contemporary hotel has 207 rooms ranging from standard doubles through to a Presidential Suite complete with a separate living and dining area. It’s a family-friendly choice — cots can be requested and there are children’s menus available in the restaurant, Collage. The eatery serves mainly British dishes, with the breakfast buffet becoming a more international affair. Radisson Blu also has a gym, a spa and an indoor pool with a poolside jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.