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Location and directions

From the train station

Leaving the train station, take North Road down towards Framwelgate Bridge. Before reaching the bridge go uphill, taking the first left past The Fighting Cocks public house to continue up cobbled South Street to reach Quarryheads Lane. Here, turn left and walk for a few minutes to reach a roundabout. Turn right here, going up Potters Bank until reaching Elvet Hill Road on the left. Walk along Elvet Hill Road until you reach the Oriental Museum on the right. Please note that this is a hilly route, which takes approximately 25-30 minutes.

Alternatively, at Framwelgate Bridge, just before crossing the bridge, take the steps down to the river bank path and follow the scenic riverside path up to Prebend's Bridge. Here, turn right up the hill, and then left at the stone cottage. Continue through the white gate to reach the roundabout and then continue as above.

From Kingsgate Bridge

Turn right up New Elvet, and stay to the right through Church Street and Anchorage Terrace to reach the junction with the New Inn public house. Here, follow the hill straight up South Road to reach a right turn onto Elvet Hill Road. Here, follow signs to the Oriental Museum. This is a 30 minute uphill walk.

From Palace Green Library

Walk back down Owengate and turn right along North Bailey which continues past Hatfield College on your left. At the end of the road, walk under the stone arch and you will come to Prebends Bridge. Go over the bridge and continue up to the white gate. Continue straight on, and at the mini roundabout turn right up Potters Bank. Turn first left along Elvet Hill Road and follow signs to the Oriental Museum. This picturesque walk is approximately 30 minutes, with some uphill sections. 

Information on cycling in County Durham can be found on the Durham County Council website or try Cyclestreets. There are cycle racks directly in front of the museum entrance and further cycle racks can be found in front of Elvet Hill House, to the side of the museum. Visitors are very welcome to use these racks but do so at their own risk.

The Durham Bicycle Users Group provides more information on cycling in Durham. Touristnet UK provides useful information on cycle hire across the North East of England.

Durham railway station is on the East Coast Main Line. It is a principal stop and is called at by many intercity services. 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.

Taxis from Durham train station

Durham is a major train station with taxis usually available in a rank. 

Durham taxi rank telephone number

0191 386 6662

There are several express coach services daily from most major cities to Durham city. From Durham bus station, catch the 6 and 6a to Bishop Auckland and alight at the stop for the Botanic Garden. Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and turn down Elvet Hill Road. You will see the museum ahead of you at the corner of Elvet Hill Road and Mill Hill Lane. Traveline provides up-to-date travel information on local public transport.

Visitors wishing to visit the city centre might also consider using the nearby Park and Ride facilities which are just a short walk from the museum on South Road. From here a regular bus service travels in and out of the city centre. 

Coaches can drop off near the Museum (please contact us for details).

From the South

Drive north on the A1(M), exiting at Junction 61 (signposted Durham Services). At the exit roundabout, take the A177, passing through Bowburn and Shincliffe. As you enter the outskirts of Durham, turn left at the first roundabout. Continue to follow the A177, turning left at the set of traffic lights. Follow the A177 up the hill. Just past the entrance to Collingwood College turn right onto Elvet Hill Road. The Oriental Museum is located up the first road on the left.

From the North

Drive south on the A1(M) and exit at Junction 62. Take the A690 signposted for Durham and Consett. At the next roundabout take the third exit signposted City Centre and Consett. At the roundabout at the bottom of the hill take the first exit. At the traffic lights after the Pelican crossing take the right fork. At the next set of lights go straight ahead on the A177 up the hill. Just past the entrance to Collingwood College turn right and follow the directions as above.

Museum Parking

The Museum has a small visitor car park for visitors, including two dedicated disabled parking spaces. Additional roadside metered parking is available on Elvet Hill Road and Potters Bank. Please note that access to any other University car parks (such as the large one on the corner of Elvet Hill Road) is restricted to motor vehicles carrying an official University car parking permit. For some of our annual events (such as the Lantern Festival) we are given special permission to use the University car parks, and on such occasions a member of Museum staff will direct you to a parking space.

Visitors to Durham City's tourist attractions might also consider using the nearby Park and Ride facilities which are just a short walk from the museum on South Road. From here a regular bus service travels in and out of the city centre.


Using a Sat Nav to get to us?

For satellite navigation systems, the Oriental Museum postcode is DH1 3TH.


Our environment

Green Tourism Gold

Help us protect Durham’s environment by walking, cycling or using public transport when you travel to the Oriental Museum.