Durham History Tour

2 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


From the Ice Age to the modern day, Durham has a fantastic story to tell. The city has resisted both the Scots and the Normans throughout its history, developed into a regional capital and been shaped by its stunning Romanesque Cathedral in the city centre. On this tour, you’ll hear many of the city’s amazing stories as you walk its picturesque streets.

This tour is one of the best ways to see Durham during a visit to the North East of England.

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Available start times: 10am | 2pm


  • Local guide
  • Professional guide

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Durham, Durham, County Durham, England

We will start the tour at Durham Train Station before taking you through the history of the city.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Framwellgate Bridge, Silver Street, Durham England

See the pleasant and beautiful riverside of Durham and discover its stories on this section of the walking tour.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Durham Market Hall, Durham Indoor Market Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ England

Durham's medieval marketplace is full of fantastic statues and stories - discover some of them on this section of the tour.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Elvet Bridge, Durham England

Learn about the Medieval chapels built into this bridge as we continue the tour across Durham

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Durham Cathedral, The College, Durham DH1 3EH England

See the Cathedral church of Durham and learn about its Bishop on this tour.

Pass By: Durham Castle, The Castle, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW England

The fortress of the Bishops of Durham - from the Norman invasion to the 19th Century the Castle was the home of the Bishops in Durham city.

Additional information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • We require a contact Mobile/cell phone for all customers to contact you on the day of your tour. This will ensure we can inform you of changes to meeting point or other information prior to your tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • Please contact us about any disabilities your group may have. We are able to customise tours for wheelchair and vision impairment
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Due to COVID-19 we ask all customers to maintain social distancing as per the United Kingdom Government guidelines
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Jan K
September 2019

Alex is a very accommodating and knowledgeable guide and we spent a thoroughly enjoyable two and a half hours learning all about the history of Durham and its surrounds. A gentle stroll through the town enabled us to see and learn about the architecture, historical developments and key figures pl...

June 2019

I chose this tour for two reasons: (1) our guide would meet us at the train station entrance, and (2) my husband was working, and there was no 2-person minimum like other tours. I expected for our guide to point out a few sites, but I was blown away by his in-depth knowledge of the area. Alex's e...

July 2020

This was the perfect tour. Informative, broad in subject, deep in knowledge and full of fascinating facts and anecdotes. The best part being the focus via the anthropological story of life in Durham. Great value, top class.

March 2020

He showed me all the nice Durham history. It was really insighful and he was really good at answering all my questions. Thanks

March 2020

Alex of ilestours was a great guide. He walked us through centuries of history and made it enlightening, entertaining, and educational. His grasp of history and his ability to weave stories into factual content helps the time pass all too quickly! I highly recommend this tour.

February 2020

I recently moved up to the North East and had heard a lot about Durham City so i thought i would go see it for myself. Alex, was brilliant at explaining the historic details of the area in a simplistic and clear way. The weather was a bit temperamental to say the least but he changed the tour ac...

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