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Hexham to Whitby via Durham

My husband and I will be driving to Whitby from Hexham. We would like to stop in Durham to see the cathedral and castle. This looks quite doable for a day's drive in distance and time. My question concerns the availability of public parking in Durham. Is it easy to access and findable? I would appear there is a public lot at Sands which might be the best bet...we could then walk to the sites.


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There is a parking garage adjacent to the Premier Inn located very close to the cathedral. We stayed at the PI and walked to the cathdral and castle (which was closed the day we went :( ) The PI is down at the river level. Quiet and reasonable. The public parking garage is independent of the PI, so anyone can use it.

It IS a bit confusing to find the PI, just take your time and use a GPS!

Just above that PI, is a terrific area with multiple restaurants. We loved the "Slug & Lettuce" and ate at them in multiple locations throughout the UK.

Durham is a college town, so it is a bit of a partying place on Friday evenings!