Durham Town Hall
Discover the unique history of Durham from the 14th Century to the present day.
In line with the Prime Minister's announcement that England will move to 'Plan B' to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, face coverings must be worn in our buildings and venues with certain exemptions which include anyone with a health condition or disability, and those under the age of 11.
The Town Hall has been central to Durham's history since 1350 and has recently opened its doors to the public following refurbishment works. Now everyone can discover its rich history and hidden stories. Audio guides, interactive information points and short films help you to explore this extraordinary building and the remarkable individuals who helped shape the city.
Learn about the powerful Price Bishops, the evolution of local government and the historic and ongoing roles of the Mayor and the Mayor's Bodyguard. Since the 14th Century the Trade Guilds and Freemen of Durham have met in the Guildhall, a tradition they continue to this day.
Other displays showcase colourful local characters such as Joseph Boruwlaski (1739-1837). The 3ft tall 'Little Count' who retired to Durham in 1790 after performing at the grandest Royal courts of Europe.
Entry and opening hours
Entry is free, come along to discover this unique hidden gem.
The Durham Town Hall is open as part of the Saturday Heritage offer from 10.00am to 3.00pm
Reception is open for enquiries Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Hiring Durham Town Hall
Situated centrally within Durham City, the historic and atmospheric Town Hall is ideal for holding corporate events and conferences, team meetings, receptions, dances, performances, society dinners and more.
Visit Hire Durham Town Hall for more information on hosting your event at Durham Town Hall.
How to find us
You can find us at Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ