Top 6 Staycations In Durham, UK - Updated 2023


Durham is home to historic architecture classified under UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. More importantly, it’s also home to plenty of accommodations that can offer its residents a tranquil and relaxing getaway without the usual hubbub of daily life. Enjoy good food without the stress of cooking by eating your meals in-room, on-site, or in restaurants outside. Revisit your hometown’s storied past by exploring Durham Castle, St. Margaret’s Church on Crossgate, and Durham Cathedral, all of which you’ve likely passed by but haven’t had the time to explore. These are only a few of the comforts that a nearby getaway can offer. Enjoy a hassle-free staycation by learning more about the top staycations in Durham, UK, below.

1. Hotel Indigo Durham UK (from USD 178)

Enjoying England’s historical past is easy when you book a stay at Hotel Indigo Durham UK. You can find this hotel in Old Shire Hall, which features a modern interior design with furnishings influenced by the Durham Cathedral, Castle, and University. Tea- and coffee-making facilities, a mini fridge, and a flat-screen TV are available in every room to guarantee that your stay is as comfortable and convenient as possible. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the entire building.

Maximize your visit by dining at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, which serves premium steaks as well as other English and French delicacies. If you’re up for a drink, the Rotunda cocktail bar offers various cocktails for your enjoyment.

Hotel Indigo - Durham, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 9 Old Elvet
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Terrace

2. Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham (from USD 205)

There’s no better accommodation than a hotel that provides everything you'll need to unwind, which is precisely what you’ll receive at Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham. This hotel has luxury leisure facilities, including a large heated indoor pool, spa bath, and indoor fitness center. If you’re looking for more ways to relax your body, you can use the sauna and steam rooms. Afterward, you can head directly to the Collage Restaurant, which serves British cuisine with a twist. The lobby bar also offers snacks, and coffee as well.

Located a mere 1.6 km (1 mi) away from the city center, residents can enjoy an incredible and serene view of both the Durham Cathedral and the River Wear. The hotel is also rated 9.1 for two-person trips, making it a great pick for couples looking for a quick romantic getaway.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

Wifi Available

Address: Frankland Lane
Accommodates: 2

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Sauna Fitness centre

3. OYO The Townhouse (from USD 138)

OYO The Townhouse is ideal for guests looking for a unique place with a completely different vibe from a private house or other accommodations. This Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse offers unconventional, creative, and individually themed rooms with some well-preserved details from the 18th century.

If you’re looking for an even cozier and more intimate space to relax, there’s a room with a bathtub right next to the bed. You can also book the room with an outdoor hot tub, so you can soak while taking in a lush mountain view. This townhouse also has a restaurant and a garden where guests can hang out.

OYO The Townhouse

Wifi Available

Address: 34 Old Elvet
Accommodates: 2

Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Heating Luggage storage Non-smoking throughout

4. Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County (from USD 214)

Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County offers exclusive accommodation right in the heart of the city. It boasts bright and spacious rooms, each with a workstation for guests who can’t escape work but want an ultimate staycation at a hotel. Some rooms feature an excellent view of the River Wear, so consider checking-in in these rooms. Booking also includes free access to the leisure center.

Additionally, you won’t have to travel anywhere else for a breakfast buffet or dinner as you can dine in at the Cast Iron Bar & Grill, the hotel’s on-site restaurant. After eating, you can even burn off some of the calories in the hotel’s indoor gym.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Durham Royal County

Wifi Available

Address: Old Elvet
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Terrace

5. Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa (from USD 126)

Retreat away from the exhausting city of England by staying at Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa. Expect first-class service at this hotel located on the outskirts of Durham City, which offers spacious rooms with amenities such as satellite TVs and fireplaces. It’s spread across a 350-ac (141.64-ha) estate with two sprawling golf courses set amongst woodlands and lakes.

Locals can enjoy a calming spa day by swimming in the hotel’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools or by reclining on the deck on beach loungers. For meals, you can drop by Pemberton’s Carvery to savor a tasty spread of British cuisine. If you want something more informal, try the fantastic meals at the Clubhouse. Both restaurants are in-house, so you can enjoy everything from within the comfort of the hotel’s walls.

Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

Wifi Available

Address: Carrville
Accommodates: 10

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Sauna

6. The Kingslodge Inn (from USD 146)

Reconnect with your loved ones by booking a room in The Kingslodge Inn for a cozy country retreat. A quick 10-minute walk from Durham Cathedral, you can find this inn enclosed by the gorgeous woodland of Flass Vale. It is famed for its pub with log fires and stone-clad floors. Its well-maintained cellars and fridges means that you get served only the best wines and beers. Aside from drinks, guests can enjoy a good meal at this inn from 7:30am until 9pm.

The Kingslodge Inn - The Inn Collection Group

Wifi Available

Address: Flass Vale, Waddington Street
Accommodates: 3

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Bar Garden Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms

Have a hassle-free staycation in Durham

Finding the perfect staycation place in a busy city like England can be quite a challenge. Luckily for you, Durham’s historic past and quiet countryside ambiance allow it to offer many options which guarantee a relaxing stay. Book a room at any of the above-listed hotels for a memorable escape from your hectic schedule in England.

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