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Getting here by road

Durham city centre is only two miles from the A1(M). Leave the motorway at Junction 62 on the A690 Durham - Sunderland road and follow signs to Durham City Centre.

Durham is 264 miles from London, 187 miles from Birmingham, 125 miles from Edinburgh and 67 miles from York.

Public transport

There are several express coach services daily from most major cities. Durham is well served by both regional express services and the local bus network. From the city bus station - a short walk from the railway station - a bus service runs every 15 minutes past the Colleges on South Road.

Queen's Campus directions

Getting here by train

A number of train operators offer direct and regular routes to Durham Railway Station, including London and Edinburgh. Durham is around 3 hours from London, just over 3 hours from Birmingham, 2½ hours from Manchester, 1½ hours from Edinburgh and 45 minutes from York.

A taxi will take you from the station to any College in about 5 minutes and you can walk to the city centre in 10 minutes.

Getting here by air

Durham is 30 minutes' drive from Newcastle International Airport and about 40 minutes from Teesside International Airport. Both have regular domestic and international flights. Durham is linked to Newcastle Airport by rail and metro.

Getting here by sea

Scheduled ferry services link the River Tyne to The Netherlands.

Open Day

Open days and visits

If you are thinking about applying to Durham University, the best way to explore the wealth of opportunities on offer is to join us at our Open Day events.

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Access information

Many of our buildings are modern and designed for accessibility but a small number of the colleges and departments in Durham City are in very old, listed buildings where getting around isn't always straightforward.

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Matriculation and Congregation ceremonies are exciting celebrations to mark the milestones of your time at Durham. Find out more about how we celebrate the occasions, checklists on what you'll need, and frequently asked questions to help you get the most out of your experience.

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Museums and attractions

Durham University's Museums and Attractions promote learning and education for all. We have something to offer just about everyone!

Take part in adventure trails at the Botanic Garden, go on a tour of Durham Castle, or find out about the Durham World Heritage Site in our Visitor Centre. Little Dragons at the Oriental Museum and Little Bookworms at Palace Green Library offer crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing for under 5s, their parents and carers.
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Durham Cathedral Tower from the Cloisters

Event Durham

Event Durham will make any event a successful occasion. We provide you with a dedicated service, tailored to your specific needs.

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Opportunities for Schools and Students

The Schools Engagement team works with students and schools around the UK, throughout the year, on a variety of programmes.

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Explore key locations of the University's estate as well as some local places of interest within Durham City.