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Durham University


University attractions and other places to visit

University attractions

Visit Durham University's guide to activities and events across the University including music and drama, lectures, sport and family activities

Durham also has its own Botanic Garden and museums available for free entry to all Durham University staff with their campus card. Visit

The Oriental Museum - the only museum in the North of Britain devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the Orient.

Palace Green Library - holds Durham University’s outstanding special collections, with treasures spanning millennia and the globe.

Botanic Garden - this beautiful 10 hectare garden is home to plant collections from around the world, including China, Japan, North America, South Africa, New Zealand and Chile.

Other things to do and see

Art & Culture

Angel of the North - Anthony Gormely’s famous iconic landmark.

Baltic - Centre for Contemporary Art presenting a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art.

Hadrian's Wall - One of Rome's most northerly outposts, Hadrian's Wall was built when the Roman Empire was at its height. Snaking across dramatic countryside, it remains one of Britain's most impressive ruins.

Museums and other places of interest

The Bowes Museum

Raby Castle

Laing Art Gallery

Discovery Museum


Durham Cathedral

Newcastle Cathedral

Binchester Roman Fort

Weardale Railway

Centre for Life

Hancock Museum

Crook Hall and Gardens- a 13th century Grade I listed medieval hall and themed gardens.

National Railway Museum at Shildon - contains exhibitions which narrate the history of the railway from the 19th century to the present day.

Beamish Living Museum- an award-winning open-air museum which provides an interactive and hands-on exploration of life in early 20th century North East England.

Newcastle visitor attractions - Newcastle is home to a number of excellent museums including the Discovery Museum, the Great North Museum and the Life Science Centre, as well as several art galleries.

For further information on so many great places to visit in North East England, please visit the English Heritage site.