The quintessential old English University City, Durham is a pleasure to explore. It has a timeless quality, with winding cobbled streets and relaxing riverside walks, and yet buzzes with a vibrant contemporary culture. It has superb cafés, artisan workshops, boutiques, galleries and museums. Nightlife includes theatre, comedy clubs, art house cinema, fine restaurants, friendly pubs and chic café-bars. Don’t miss the dramatic Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site – one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe
Name: Durham Cathedral
Address: The Cathedral Office, The College, Durham DH1 3EH
Tel: 0191 374 4053
The stunning, historic cathedral has a range of small, medium and large rooms for business hire. Tours of the cathedral or guided woodland and riverbank walks can be incorporated along with catering packages. The Undercroft Restaurant is also available for private evening use, offering a variety of menus.
Name: Durham County Cricket Club
Address: Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, Riverside, Chester-Le-Street, County Durham DH3 3QR
Tel: 0191 387 2876
The historic Durham County Cricket Club offers a range of meeting and breakout rooms with capacities of up to 200. It offers complimentary wifi, LCD projector and screen, flipchart and stationery supplies, morning and afternoon refreshments, complimentary tea and coffee, and a choice of delegate lunches. Meetings of ten or more delegates are priced from £25 per person (plus VAT).
Name: Durham Marriott Royal County Hotel
Address: Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3JN
Tel: 0191 386 6821
The Durham Marriott Royal County Hotel has five meeting rooms with 324 square metres of meeting space. The largest is the Cromwell Room with a maximum capacity of 120. There are three breakout meeting rooms and an exhibition space on-site. Rates are from £35 per delegate per day, including all meeting room facilities and catering.
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Crook Hall & Gardens
Address: Frankland Lane, Sidegate, Durham DH1 5SZ
Tel: 0191 384 8028
A small meeting and/or training room is now available at Crook Hall, a medieval house in the heart of the city dating from 1208. The room is in the Jacobean part of the house and can accommodate up to 12 people. Prior to 11am business guests have exclusive use of the Hall and gardens. The magnificent Georgian dining room seats 40 and can also be hired for £120 per hour. Refreshments can be taken in the dining room or in the courtyard.
Name: Radisson Blu Durham
Address: Frankland Lane, Durham, DH1 5TA
Tel: 0191 372 7200
The Radisson Blu has views of Durham Cathedral and 11 meeting rooms with a total area of 1,100 square metres. Delegates can make the most of free highspeed, wireless Internet, and audiovisual equipment such as an LCD projector and screen. All of the conference facilities are located on the ground floor and have full disabled access. Rates are from £35 per delegate per day.
OUT OF TOWN
Name: Seaham Hall
Address: Lord Byron’s Walk, County Durham, SR7 7AG
Tel: 0191 516 1400
Seaham Hall is a five-star boutique hotel dating back to 1791. Set in 37 acres of private grounds some 20 minutes from the city, it is an ideal venue for a range of corporate events including business meetings, conferences and award ceremonies. A range of flexible private rooms, all with natural daylight and views, is available for two to 120 attendees. 24-hour delegate rates are £225 per person; day delegate rates are £65; and half-day rates are £45 per person.
Getting there: Take the A1/A1(M) from the South, and the A1 coastal route or A68 crosscountry route from the North. From the West, there's the scenic cross-Pennine route from the M6. There are regular mainline train services from London (3hrs) and fast trains from other points nationwide.
Tel: 03000 261 223