Shopping in Durham
|| From a Victorian
market to a 21st century shopping mall, Durham has plenty
to offer visitors heading out for a major shopping spree.
And with the MetroCentre,
one of Europe’s largest shopping and leisure complexes,
just up the road, the historic city of Durham has never
been so appealing to shoppers.
The city’s main shopping streets are North Road
[map], High Street [map], Saddler Street [map], Silver Street [map],
home to Marks and Spencer and Market Place [map],
where you’ll find Boots.
As well as plenty of shops and cafés along these
streets, Durham also has two shopping centres, the new Prince Bishops Shopping Centre [map] on High Street and the older Millburngate Shopping
just south of Millburngate Bridge.
Prince Bishops plays host to a number of high street stores
including BHS, Mothercare, New Look and Dixons, while
its counterpart offers a Safeway and Holland & Barrett,
to name but a few.
For something a little different why not head to the Victorian
Indoor Market [map],
which has more than 80 stalls selling jewellery,
kitchenware, cheeses, fresh fish, fruit and vegetables.
Traditional crafts and gifts are sold in the Fowlers
Yard Craft Workshops [map],
where visitors can also see the artists and craftspeople
making textiles, metal work and photography.
A Farmers' Market is held on the third Thursday
of each month when fresh local specialities such as meat
pies and cheeses are for sale. The market is open 9:00am
to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, and 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sundays.
For a much larger shopping experience head up the A1 to
the MetroCentre in
Gateshead, which is home to more than 350 shops, bars,
restaurants, a ten-screen cinema and a children’s
If you head out of Durham city centre into the Durham
Dales, you’ll find plenty more shopping delights
such as Barnard Castle [map],
a small market town with plenty of specialist stores.
Other little towns worth visiting for a unique experience
include Wolsingham [map] and Stanhope [map],
which both have an array of craft shops and tearooms.
The newly refurbished Peterlee [map] town centre and Seaham [map] near Sunderland are also worth a look, and there is
a new retail and leisure development at Dalton Park,
near Murton [map].
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