Hotels in Co. Durham

The city of Durham itself is known for its Norman cathedral, its 11th-century castle and its university, while the wider county has a rich heritage and much to see and do. From the North Pennines AONB to sightseeing tours that give you the inside track on the region’s history, and of course beautiful places to stay, it’s a treasure trove for holidaymakers.
Westgate Manor, Westgate

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The Rose & Crown

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Barnard Castle

Overlooking the green in a 'beautiful village with lots of country walks', this local inn strikes exactly the right balance between old-world charm and modern comforts.
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Headlam Hall

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Darlington

Guests continue to be delighted by this grand country house – sweeping gardens, historic features, smart bedrooms, swish spa – with a warm, down-to-earth atmosphere.
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Seaham Hall

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Seaham

A striking sculptural fountain in front of a white classical porticoed facade is a clue that this spa hotel offers luxury with a contemporary edge.
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Hotels in Co. Durham

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The Victoria Inn

The Victoria Inn

DURHAM

Cracking ales and crackling fires, bolstered by period features, help turn back time at this unspoilt, family-run Victorian inn. Cosy bars, full of nooks and crannies, provide a welcoming atmosphere. For those staying over, there are traditionally decorated bedrooms (most with a bath and shower) and a hearty breakfast in the morning. The inn is a five-minute walk from the cathedral, the castle and market quarter. No meals, but restaurants are nearby. Off-street parking is available.
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The Honest Lawyer

The Honest Lawyer

Durham

Two miles south of the University, on the busy A167, The Honest Lawyer is in a village close to the banks of the River Wear. Pleasant walks start from the hotel entrance and the city centre is within easy reach. Accommodation is in the main building (some rooms have a four-poster bed), and in the motel-style Courtyard rooms with their own entrance, popular with guests with dogs. Three inter-connecting bedrooms are ideal for a family. Breakfast (not included in the room price), lunch and dinner is served in Bailey’s restaurant. Lighter meals can be taken in the bar, Orangery or Atrium, or outside on the terrace or in the garden.
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Lumley Castle

Lumley Castle

Durham

In parkland overlooking Durham County Cricket ground, a 14th-century quadrangular castle run by No Ordinary Hotels. Flamboyant rooms with contemporary amenities are within the medieval castle or in an adjacent stable block. Fittingly tailored events include murder-mysteries, escape room games and banquets.
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For many visitors, it’s the great outdoors that’s the major draw card to this corner of the North East. Golf, cycling, walking and fishing are all readily available. For history lovers, the area’s award-winning museums and medieval castles are a treat. The Binchester Roman Fort, Bowes Museum and Beamish Living Museum of the North are all recommended.

Accommodation in County Durham ranges from cosy pubs with rooms to luxury spa hotels and country house retreats. From Lanchester to Westgate, Darlington to Seaham, whether you're travelling with friends, family or heading for a romantic retreat, here’s a selection of our favourite hotels in County Durham, providing more reasons to visit than we can count!

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Last updated: January 22, 2022