new hotels: Hotel Indigo Durham

Famous for its eponymous university, Durham is laden with historic pubs, listed buildings, cosy cafes and spellbinding churches, surrounded by rolling countryside and quiet villages. A stone’s throw from the city’s cathedral and castle – which together make up the city’s famous UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Hotel Indigo Durham is also within easy walking distance from the train station.

Occupying the Grade II-listed ‘Old Shire Hall’, the building was once a university building itself and acted as its administrative headquarters; it was office to the university’s Vice-Chancellor until 2012.

All 83 boutique bedrooms feature ornate details to reflect the rich ties to the city’s famous trinity of cathedral, castle and university. The hotel features three distinct room types, from academia-inspired featuring the University’s official colour, purple, through to grand bedrooms with a sumptuous feel and tapestry detailing.

Guests can enjoy small bites and choose from a selection of fine wines or local craft beers on offer at the hotel’s bar, Rotunda bar or can sit, relax and enjoy barista-style coffee and selection of freshly made sandwiches and pastries at the hotel’s resident café, Tinderbox Espresso Bar. For premium cocktails and a delicious dinner, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill offers guests signature steaks and timeless English and French classics, delivered with Marco’s unique flair.

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