Cheap train tickets to Durham

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Cheapest way to travel to Durham by rail: Discover split tickets and save

If you're wondering about the most cost-effective way to reach Durham by train, look no further. Trainsplit offers a unique solution with split tickets, potentially saving you money on your rail journey. Durham, often regarded as one of the UK's best cities, deserves a visit beyond just admiring it from the train window. With convenient connections from London and Edinburgh, it's an ideal destination for a short break, and booking cheap train tickets from Trainsplit can make your trip even more affordable.

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Visiting Durham

Discover cheap train tickets and the cost-saving benefits of split tickets when traveling from London Kings Cross to Durham. Trains depart twice an hour, and opting for split tickets can help you save on your rail travel expenses. As you arrive in Durham, you'll be greeted by a picturesque city built along the banks of the River Wear. The UNESCO-listed Castle and Cathedral at the city's center are must-visit attractions easily accessible on foot.

Durham Cathedral, boasting the UK's tallest Cathedral tower, is a magnificent sight. Construction began in 1093 and took 40 years to complete. Climbing to the top is a rewarding experience, offering breathtaking views of the surroundings.

Adjacent to the Cathedral, you'll find Durham Castle, built during Norman times. It previously served as the residence of the Bishops of Durham and has been part of the University since 1837. If you're visiting outside of term time, you can even stay in student accommodations or book one of the Bishop's rooms for a unique experience. The University offers B&B accommodation and serves breakfast in the splendid grand dining hall. Don't forget to book in advance for tours and accommodation. Durham University students can also benefit from even cheaper train tickets by utilizing their 16-25 Railcard.

While exploring Durham, take time to browse the shops in Market Place and Fowlers Yard, enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants and cafes, take a leisurely stroll along the riverbank, or even hire a boat.

If you venture a bit further from the city center, you'll find the University's botanic gardens, established in 1970 for teaching and research purposes. It's a beautiful place to relax and spend a lazy afternoon.

Durham offers a delightful destination for a weekend getaway, and with the potential savings from split tickets provided by Trainsplit, you'll have extra spending money to enjoy during your visit.

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Local Recommendations:

1. Visit the Durham Cathedral and climb to the top for stunning views

As one of the finest examples of Norman architecture, Durham Cathedral is a must-see attraction. Take your time exploring the stunning interiors, intricate stone carvings, and the peaceful atmosphere. Don't forget to visit the Open Treasure exhibition, which houses a collection of religious artifacts and manuscripts.

2. Explore Durham Castle and consider staying in the University's accommodation

Discover the history and grandeur of Durham Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided tour to explore the castle's stunning architecture and learn about its fascinating past. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of the city from the castle's ramparts.

3. Stroll along the riverbank and enjoy the picturesque scenery

Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque River Wear and enjoy the beautiful scenery that Durham has to offer. The riverside walkway provides a peaceful escape from the bustling city center, and you can admire the historic bridges and charming riverside architecture along the way.

4. Check out the shops in Market Place and Fowlers Yard

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Durham's Market Place. Browse the stalls of the Durham Market Hall, where you'll find a wide array of local produce, crafts, and specialty goods. This is a great place to pick up unique souvenirs or indulge in some delicious local treats.

5. Experience the beauty of Durham University's botanic gardens

If you have some extra time, venture out to the Durham University Botanic Garden. Explore the beautiful landscapes, tranquil ponds, and diverse plant collections. The garden is a perfect spot for a peaceful walk or a picnic amidst nature.

6. Try the local cuisine at the city's restaurants and cafes

Treat yourself to the culinary delights of Durham. The city boasts a range of dining options, from cozy traditional pubs serving hearty British fare to stylish restaurants offering international cuisine. Don't miss the opportunity to try some local specialties, such as Durham lamb or a traditional afternoon tea.

7. Take a boat ride on the River Wear for a unique perspective of the city

Experience Durham from a unique perspective with a boat ride on the River Wear. Glide along the tranquil waters and admire the stunning architecture, including Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. Capture beautiful reflections and enjoy a peaceful escape from the city streets. Knowledgeable guides share fascinating stories, enriching your experience. Don't miss this must-do activity in Durham.

8. Keep a look out for cultural events and festivals

Check out the local events calendar during your visit to Durham. The city hosts a variety of festivals, concerts, and cultural events throughout the year, showcasing music, theater, literature, and more. Don't miss the Durham Miners' Gala, an iconic annual event that celebrates the region's mining heritage.

9. Explore the Durham Countryside

Beyond the city, the Durham countryside offers picturesque landscapes and charming villages to explore. Take a scenic hike through the Durham Dales, visit the historic town of Bishop Auckland, or discover the enchanting High Force Waterfall in Teesdale.

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Top 10 Tips for Booking Cheap Train Tickets to Durham:

  1. Book your tickets in advance.
  2. Apply your Railcard discount for additional savings.
  3. Consider alternative journey options for cheaper fares.
  4. Avoid booking fees by using Trainsplit.
  5. Travel during off-peak times for cheaper fares.
  6. Opt for split ticketing to save money.
  7. Take advantage of group discounts with Groupsave.
  8. Be flexible with your travel dates and times.
  9. Sign up for fare alerts and newsletters.
  10. Know your rights for compensation in case of delays.

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