Durham City

Durham is a lively and beautiful city, easily reachable by train or car. The cathedral and castle area is a World Heritage Site, and the medieval city centre is surrounded by peaceful riverbank walks.

  • East Coast and Cross Country trains: (London: 3 hours, Edinburgh: 2 hours)
  • Close to the A1(M) Jct 61 & 62
  • Wide choice of hotel and accommodation (see below)
  • Close to many other attractions in North East England.


There is no general festival accommodation at Ushaw College, and camping, caravans and motorhomes are not permitted in the grounds overnight. The following list gives suggestions for hotels, guesthouses and campsites close to Ushaw:
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Hotels on the Festival shuttle bus route

Premier Inn Durham City Freemans Place, Walkergate, Durham, DH1 1SW 0191 374 4400
RadissonBlu: Frankland Lane, Durham, DH1 5TA, 0191 372 7200
Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3JN, 0191 386 6821
Hotel Indigo 9 Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3H, 0191 329 3535
Travelodge 9 Station Lane, Durham, DH1 1LJ  08719 846136
The Town House 34 Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HN, 0191 384 1037

The shuttle bus will run between these Durham City centre hotels and Ushaw, with an additional stop near the railway station (see here for timetable and map). The bus will bring you to Ushaw for the beginning of each day’s events and will return to Durham at the end of each day’s events. A Festival Bus Pass can be ordered with your booking, or single bus tickets may be available on the day, subject to availability. 

Other Durham City Centre Hotels

The Kingslodge Inn at Durham, Waddington St, Flass Vale, Durham DH1 4BG, 0191 370 9977
Farnley Tower The Avenue, Durham DH1 4DX 0191 375 0011
Forty Winks Guest House & Residence 40 South St, Durham DH1 4QP 0191 386 8217
Castle View 4 Crossgate, Durham DH1 4PS 0191 386 8852
The Garden House Inn Framwellgate, Peth, Durham DH1 4NQ 0191 386 3395

Hotels within reasonable driving distance of Ushaw College

Burnhopeside Hall Durham Road, Lanchester, DH7 0TL 01207 520222
Burnhopeside Hall are offering a 10% discount to festival attendees – please ask Christine Harmer for the discount when booking.
The Honest Lawyer Hotel Sunderland Bridge, Durham DH1 3SP 0191 378 3780
Premier Inn Durham North Arnison Retail Centre, Rotary Way, Durham DH1 5GB 0871 527 8342
Premier Inn Durham East Belmont Industrial Estate, Broomside Park, Durham DH1 1GG 0871 527 8340
Ramside Hall Hotel Carrville, Durham DH1 1TD 0191 386 5282
Seven Stars Inn High Street North, Shincliffe, Durham DH1 2NU 0191 384 8454
Hallgarth The Manor House, High Pittington, Durham DH6 1AB 0191 372 1188
The Bay Horse Inn 8 Brandon Ln, Brandon Village, Durham DH7 8ST 0191 378 0498
Travelodge Chester-le-Street Great North Road, Chester Moor, Chester le Street DH2 3RJ 0871 559 1819

Camping and Caravan sites

Baxter Wood Baxter Wood Farm, Durham DH1 4TG 0191 386 5820
Durham Grange Caravan and Motorhome Club Site Meadow Lane, Durham DH1 1TL 0191 384 4778
Strawberry Hill Farm Camping and Caravan Park Running Waters, Old Cassop, Durham DH6 4QA 0191 372 3457
Manor Park Caravan Park Eliza Ln, Lanchester, Consett DH8 9HD 01207 501000
Woodside Ridge Caravan Park Woodside Ridge, Town Kelloe, Durham DH6 4PJ 01429 883849

Map of hotels and other accommodation

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Last updated 9 March 2019