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There are a lot of different ways to get to Durham...
From the North: Head down the A1 past Newcastle until you reach J62.
Turn off here onto the A690, following signs for Durham.
Go until you reach the second roundabout, at which you turn left.
Head over the bridge, then take the first left. Follow this road.
Eventually you will reach a junction (near a roundabout). Turn left here and go down the hill.
Maiden Castle is the first turning on the left.
From the South: Head up the A1 as far as J61.
Turn off here onto the A177, following signs for Durham.
Follow the A177 through Bowburn, High Shincliffe and Shincliffe.
Eventually, you will drive over the river, and you'll see the sportsground on your right.
Having just crossed the river, Maiden Castle is the first turning on the right.
Train is probably the easiest way to get to Durham. If you arrive by train on the Friday afternoon, Hat helpers will be waiting in brightly colour T-shirts, ready to direct you to Maiden Castle.
You can walk from the train station, but as it's around half an hour (not including baggage), you're probably best getting a taxi for about £6.
On Sunday afternoon, we can provide phone numbers for booking taxi's back to the train station as well.
The nearest airport to Durham is Durham Tees Valley Airport. There are flights here from Aberdeen, Southampton, Dublin, Naples, Bourgas etc.
To get to The Hat from the airport, you're best off getting a taxi to Darlington train station, and then a train up to Durham.
Otherwise, you could hire a car of take a taxi, it's up to you.
There is also Newcastle Airport, which is slightly (not much) further away, but has a wider range of destinations, such as London, Birmingham, Paris & Geneva.
Transport options from Newcastle Airport to Durham are similar to from Tees Valley. Check their website for more details.
The main accommodation will be on-site camping at Maiden Castle (see map above) for the Friday and Saturday night. There is no added fee - though you will need to bring your own tent! Shower and toilet facilities are also available on-site in the Maiden Castle Sports Centre. There are hotels in and around Durham for those that cannot bear the thought of camping - but you will need to provide your own transport to the tournament venue.