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Guided Walking Tour of Durham & its Infamous Characters
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Guided Walking Tour of Durham & its Infamous Characters

By Characterful Durham Tour
Recommended by 100% of travellers
100% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
This tour is not just about Durham, the place, but its people and the stories behind them. From Durham's Narnia connection to its mining heritage, from dragons & saints to a serial killer, this city is full of stories you won't forget. Travellers, students and locals alike are guaranteed to discover something new about Durham while enjoying breathtaking views of the cathedral and historic city centre. The tour is family friendly and offers a fully accessible route. Your guide is an enthusiastic local resident, Durham University graduate, and expert in all things Durham, past and present.
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Ages 0-99, max of 50 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Expert in Local History & Folklore
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Durham Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Durham Cathedral


Start:
  • Gala Theatre & Cinema, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA, UK
    Coming from Market Place, cross the bridge towards the Gala Theatre, then turn left onto Millennium Place and you will see your guide wearing a beige coat, standing by the statue of pilgrims carrying St Cuthbert's coffin, in front of Clayport Library.
End:
  • Option 1
    Durham Market Place, Durham DH1, UK
    The tour will drop you off in the very centre of Durham, close by shops, the Prince Bishops Parking Centre, and bus and rail stations.
  • Option 2
    Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RW, UK
    If people with mobility concerns are joining our tour, we also offer a shorter distance route, which ends on Palace Green with a view of the Cathedral and the Castle, the tourist information, access to the shuttle bus for Durham Rail Station, and plenty of pick up space for drivers.

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Pushchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 405298P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 405298P1

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  • 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA, UK
    Coming from Market Place, cross the bridge towards the Gala Theatre, then turn left onto Millennium Place and you will see your guide wearing a beige coat, standing by the statue of pilgrims carrying St Cuthbert's coffin, in front of Clayport Library.
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Fiona C
Rochford, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Do not hesitate to book this guided walking tour! Tom your guide is knowledgeable and full of interesting stories about characters who inhabited Durham in years gone by. The way he articulates the stories make the tour captivating and entertaining with the time flying by as you walk the streets of Durham learning as you go. The most enjoyable time spent in Durham on this tour. Highly recommend.
Written March 17, 2024
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Graham F
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
4 friends over 60 thoroughly enjoyed this guided walk. Tom is a knowledgeable guide who shares interesting stories and facts along the way. He comfortably answered everyone's questions and even kept us on our toes with a few of his own unusual questions. Information shared about Durham's historic characters was fascinating plus Tom took us to his favorite view of the cathedral for a great photo opportunity.
Written February 26, 2024
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Patrick / Sharon
Culemborg, The Netherlands12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Go with Tom as a guide on a walking tour in Durham, guaranteed you will get information, drama and fun. Tom is BY FAR the best guide I ever encountered in my many travels around the globe. His way of presenting the information to his guest(s) is not only informative and pleasant, but true drama and captivating from very beginning until the very end. A great guy with fantastic knowledge, interactive, dramatic and good sense of humor, and just a very pleasant person.
I can only use superlatives about him and his tour, running the risk of becoming untrustworthy. My advice: JUST DO IT!
Written May 21, 2024
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Aclay47
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Tom is a knowledgeable and charismatic character who will have you captivated for an hour and half with stories of the infamous people of Durham's past. You could visit Durham a thousand times and miss out on all the amazing things that he will will show and tell you. A good tour guide makes a great experience and Tom is up there with the best.

I can guarantee you two things......

1. You will not walk away thinking " well that was a waste of money!"

2. For an hour and half you will be engrossed in a world containing best stories involving the characters of Durhams past and not once will you randomly pull your smart phone out of your pocket to check your emails or social media.

Be sure to ask him about the the two cannibals in Durham that ate the castle Jester.... Apparently one of the cannibals said to other " does this meat taste funny to you ?"

Thanks Tom I shall be recommending you .

regards

Adam
Written April 20, 2024
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Elaine W
Chester, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The tour was informative and entertaining. Tom, erudite and articulate, told fascinating stories from the past (both real and unreal) that complemented the stunning visuals.
He also kindly phoned me to find out where we were… we had been waiting at the wrong place… such a nice person. Thanks again Tom.
Written May 21, 2024
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Karen B
Wigan, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
My husband & I booked on to this tour on Sat 13/01/24. As January seems to be a quiet month , we were lucky in that we were the only two attendees. Our tour guide Tom was great, friendly, welcoming and extremely knowledgeable about Durham and its history. The tour lasted around 90 minutes and Tom shared historical and colourful tales of facts & myths from Durhams past. Tom is a great guide - he is knowledgeable, articulate, funny and entertaining. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend it.
Written January 14, 2024
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Zak W
Peterborough, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Tom was brilliant, entertaining, enthusiastic and had a great deal of interesting Durham insights to share with us. The tour was just the right length and showed us areas we definitely would have missed if we hadn’t had booked on.

It’s nice to meet someone that is genuinely passionate around what they do and is a highlight of our time in the city.
Written January 14, 2024
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Graeme S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The tour was led by Tom. He was the best tour guide I have ever had. Right from the beginning he was totally engaging with his clients, so much so that he held my attention for the whole 90 min. He had some great stories and delivered the whole tour in such an interesting and humouress way. Highly Recommended!
Written May 1, 2024
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Gavin B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The tour guide was a font of information and shared it enthusiastically and with a touch of theatrics. He was brilliant and gave us a detailed insight into the history and tales of this beautiful city. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour with it being worth every cent.
Written January 8, 2024
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stephen v
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
On our first trip to Durham we booked this tour to see the city in less than one day. It was a dull and occasionally wet day but we were lucky because there was just the two of us on the tour with Tom our guide who was very knowledgeable and made the tour both informative and entertaining. Great way to see the city and the sun came out over the cathedral complete with a rainbow towards the end - highly recommended!
Written November 28, 2023
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