Location & Directions
The Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology is located on The Banks, Durham City, DH1 3EB.
Use the links on the right to view maps guiding you to the museum. These maps can also be downloaded by following the links at the bottom of the page. Directions for those travelling on foot, cycling, by bus, rail or car are given below.
You can also create your own route planner for any of these modes of transport using Transport Direct.
Reaching the Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology
From Durham city market place: walk down Silver Street towards Framwellgate Bridge, just before the bridge, take the steps down to the river bank path adjacent to Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge. Follow the riverside footpath to the Old Fulling Mill.
From the bus and train stations: walk towards the city centre, crossing Framwellgate Bridge, immediately after crossing the bridge, take the steps down to the riverbank footpath adjacent to Cafe Rouge/Bella Italia. Follow the riverbank footpath to the Old Fulling Mill.
From the Cathedral: walk up North Bailey onto South Bailey. At the end of the road, walk under the stone arch, past the barrier and down toward Prebend's Bridge. Turn right before the bridge (you don't cross the bridge) and take the path closest to the river to reach the Museum of Archaeology.
Alternate route from Cathedral: with the Cathedral at your back, walk toward the Castle. Take the first turn to the left and follow the path downhill. Turn left and walk along the path until you reach the river, turn right along the riverbank path to reach the Museum of Archaeology.
Please note that Prebend's Bridge is now open to pedestrians but not to vehicles (February 2012).
The Old Fulling Mill is situated on the edge of the Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site. At present cycling is not permitted along the river bank paths within this area. Cycle racks are available on Palace Green in front of Durham Cathedral. The Museum is a short walk from here following either of the routes from the Cathedral outlined above. For help with planning a cycle route, try the Transport Direct cycle route planner.
The museum is situated on Durham's riverbank path in a pedestrian-only area. Information on reaching the museum on foot from the city centre bus station can be found above. Visitors using the Cathedral bus service can also walk down to the Museum from Palace Green.
Coaches can drop off near the Museum (please telephone for details) and park at Milburngate Shopping Centre, Elvet (Dunelm House) or the Sands Coach Park.
Regular train services travel from London and Edinburgh to Durham. The journey takes approximately three hours from London, one and a half hours from Edinburgh, forty-five minutes from York, or fifteen minutes from Newcastle. From the train station, it is approximately a 10 minute walk down hill and along the riverbank path to the museum.
The Museum of Archaeology is situated on the Banks of the River Wear. There is no parking at the museum, although parking for disabled visitors can be arranged by telephoning in advance. Please follow the directions below and park in one of the city centre carparks or use the Durham City Park and Ride to come into the City Centre. You will then need to walk from your carpark to the Museum.
From the South: drive north on the A1(M) and exit at Junction 62. Take the A690 signposted for Durham. Exit the motorway and follow the sign marked Durham City and Consett (this is a dual carriageway).
From the North: drive south on the A1(M) and exit at Junction 62. Take the A690 signposted for Durham and Consett. Turn right at the roundabout and then follow directions as above.