Places in Durham that are accessible to the Disabled
Durham is a small university city in the northeast of England, with around 100 000 inhabitants. It is situated to the south of Newcastle upon Tyne and to the north of Darlington. The city can be easily reached from other parts of the North East, as it is served by Durham station, which lies near to the cathedral.
It’s very famous for being one of the most beautiful cities to visit because it has really picturesque green surroundings and parks, excellent architecture with loads of Victorian-style buildings, lots of museums and galleries, plus plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops. It’s also a popular destination for students from all over the world and one will hear the many languages spoken all around the city .
It has an excellent Disabled Friendly transportation system and you can easily go by public transport, (bus, tram) anywhere in Durham. There is also a coach station with connections to many cities across the country and abroad. Durham has an international airport that is also Disabled Friendly and is well connected to the road network.
It’s a welcoming, open and friendly city with loads of things to do and see. It’s easy to get around, by car as well, because there are 2 main roads which go through the city centre. There is usually free parking in most streets (watch out for signs), but if you are there for a longer period it could get expensive. There are also big car parks, where you can park all day for £4-£6. One of them is quite near to the cathedral, by Prebends Bridge ( 12 sites).
It’s not very difficult to find disabled-friendly places in Durham. Most of the cafés and restaurants have access to wheelchairs and mobility scooters, but some of them could be a bit crowded with tables or too small in order to move around easily.
There are also loads of hotels in Durham offering disabled rooms with easy access from car parking and bathrooms suitable for wheelchairs.
There are 2 theatres in Durham: the Gala Theatre and the Theatre Royal. Both of them have level access to all parts of the building with no steps or stairs, plus there are spaces for wheelchairs inside. They also offer disabled toilets.
Gala Theatre :Address: New Elvet Durham DH1 3TH :Phone: 0191 384 9797
Theatre Royal Address: 2 North Bailey Durham DHI 1UT :Phone: 0191 334 4404 Email: [email protected] Website: www.theatreroyal.co.uk
Buses to the city centre stop right by both theatres, so you can easily get there from any part of Durham.
There are a few cinemas in Durham, but only 2 have wheelchair/mobility scooter spaces and level access without stairs: The Gala Theatre on New Elvet and The Tyneside Cinema on Neville Street are Disabled friendly too.
Then there is Tyneside Cinema Address: Neville Street Durham DH1 4SH:Phone: 0191 370 0371 Email: [email protected] Website: www.tynesidecinema.co.uk
Most of the museums in Durham are in the city centre or within walking distance and have a level access path with no stairs, plus there is always a disabled toilet and wheelchair space inside.
The Exhibitions centres, however, might lack enough space for wheelchairs, as most of them feature rooms with narrow corridors (no wider than 1,20m).
Durham Castle and cathedral Address: Palace Green Durham DH1 3TJ:Phone: 0191 370 4431 Email: [email protected] Website: www.dur.ac.uk/castle
Durham Cathedral Address: Old Elvet Durham DH1 3TH :Phone: 0191 386 6666: Website: www.durhamcathedral.co.uk
There are level access paths with no stairs throughout the Cathedral building and also wheelchair/mobility scooter spaces inside (both in the cathedral and castle). There is also a wheelchair-accessible toilet in the cathedral
It is recommended to ring the bell before entering the cathedral or castle if you are using a wheelchair or a mobility scooter.