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Durham Town Hall

Discover the unique history of Durham from the 14th Century to the present day.


Durham Town Hall will reopen on Wednesday 19 May. It will be open every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 10.00am to 3.00pm. However, ongoing essential work means that some areas will be inaccessible until later in the year.

Durham Town Hall

Heritage Open Days 

Friday 10 to Sunday 19 September 

We are exhibiting a series of paintings based on the Battle of Britain in North-East England by local artist Denis Harry Fox in the Great Hall alongside an exhibition on the history and current work of the Durham Rotary club in the Lantern Room.

Some other areas of the Town Hall will also be open for viewing.

For more information on all the local events and activities visit Heritage Open Days 2021

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. 

Free entry

Come along to discover this unique hidden gem.

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

Contact us
Durham Town Hall
03000 267 955
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