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A view of Durham Catherdral, Durham Castle from across the river Wear


Located on a dramatic peninsula overlooking the River Wear, Durham’s unique Norman cathedral and castle form a designated World Heritage Site. Against this backdrop visitors can enjoy acres of tranquil woodland and peaceful parkland, as well as the beautiful River Wear as it winds its way through the City. Other attractions include the University’s Botanic Garden and Oriental Museum. And when it’s time to relax Durham can offer a unique array of excellent cafes, bars and restaurants. Home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, Durham boasts heritage, beauty and convenience, being only a small city everything is easily accessible. With the city situated on the River Wear, Durham offers extraordinary beauty, featuring old buildings, cobbled streets, the Castle and Cathedral.

A picture of the Maths and Computer Science building

Durham University

Durham University was founded in 1832, and is the third oldest university in England. It is one of the UK’s top universities with leading research across the Arts and Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences. The Computer Science department has expanded in recent years, and in 2021 moved into a new modern building which has lots of space for collaborative meetings and picnic tables by the pond for lunch.

Getting to Durham

Getting here by air

Durham is 30 minutes’ drive from Newcastle International Airport and about 40 minutes from Teesside International Airport. Both have regular domestic and international flights.

From Newcastle International Airport (NCL), one can take the Metro to Newcastle Central Station and then change to a train to Durham. That typically takes under an hour. One can purchase a combined rail and metro ticket from National Rail (select “From: Newcastle Airport” and “To: Durham”).

Alternatively, there are several taxi companies specialised in airport transfer, including Airport Express and Airport Transfer Durham. Please contact them directly if you wish to book their services.

Getting here by train

A number of train operators offer direct and regular routes to Durham Railway Station, including London and Edinburgh. Durham is around 3 hours from London, just over 3 hours from Birmingham, 2½ hours from Manchester, 1½ hours from Edinburgh and 45 minutes from York.

A taxi will take you from the station to any College in about 5 minutes and you can walk to the city centre in 10 minutes.

More info

More information about how to reach Durham University, including an interactive map of the city, can be found here


We have been able to secure accommodation in Grey College, located next to the Computer Science department, which can be booked via the registration site at a rate of £60 per night (including breakfast). We have booked rooms from Sunday (21/07) night to Friday (26/07) morning.
If you would prefer to arrange your own accommodation, there are numerous hotels within Durham, most of which are within a 20 minute walk of the Computer Science department.