Festive music, mulled wine, sparkling lights - Christmas Markets and Winter Wonderlands are one of England's best traditions. An excuse to have a lovely day out with friends and families, take in the country's most picturesque cities, and do a little retail therapy whilst you're at it. We have listed some of the most popular Christmas markets for you to visit this festive season. Start planning your ultimate winter trip for 2023 today.
Host’s new student accommodation in Durham: The Village at The Viaduct
We are thrilled to be expanding our range of locations for student accommodation. Say hello to The Village at The Viaduct, our latest student accommodation in Durham.
The modern and popular Village at The Viaduct student accommodation is in the city centre viaduct area of Durham.
The Village is only a short walk to Durham’s bus station which provides direct access to Durham University within 20 minutes, meaning you can escape campus and be in the heart of city centre life.
The Village at The Viaduct comes with all-bills included, you’ll just need to choose whether you’d like an en-suite or studio room. And when it comes to relaxing after a long day studying sit back in our spacious communal lounge and beautifully landscaped gardens.
The city of Durham is a wonderful and historic area in the north-east of England with the River Wear looping around the Cathedral and Castle. It is a compact yet varied city with plenty to offer.
The city’s easy to get around. Spend your student days walking its cobbled streets, finding hidden gems and popular haunts. Explore Durham University’s Botanic Garden adventure tails. Go on a tour of the Castle. Or explore the UNESCO world heritage site celebrating over 1,000 years of religion, education, and pilgrimage.
Top places to see in Durham.
1. Durham Cathedral.
Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost a millennium, inspiring all who come. Built in 1093 to house the Shrine of St Cuthbert, Durham Cathedral is renowned for its magnificent Romanesque architecture and spectacular location at the heart of the Durham World Heritage Site.
2. Durham Castle.
Durham Castle is a Normal castle which has been occupied by the University of Durham since 1837. The facility is open to general public through guided tours, but it is used as a working building and is home to over 100 students.
3. Escape Rooms Durham.
A real life escape game has arrived in Durham. You and your team will need to solve a series of puzzles in under an hour, can you beat the room? Great for team building, stag/hen do’s or just a great way to spend an hour with friends or family!
4. Durham Climbing Centre.
A keen climber or fancy trying it out? Just pre-register online, watch the safety video and book your slot. A great fitness activity solo or with friends.
5. Rio Brazilian Steakhouse.
Authentic Brazilian Churrasco dining experience, right in the heart of Durham. The perfect place for a meal out with friends or family whilst you stay in Durham.
Specially trained Gaucho Chefs are on hand to serve their exquisite meat cuts that are continuously carved at the table in a traditional Rodizio style.
You’ll find the restaurant located inside the Walkergate Durham Shopping Centre.
Universities in Durham.
The world leading Durham University is the only university in the city, and has put the location on the map as an ideal place to be a student.
Why study at Durham?
Durham University has over 27 departments and schools offering over 330 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Whatever your interest or passion, there will likely be a course for you. Their research-led education will challenge and inspire you to achieve the best.
Durham Students Union.
A students’ union with a purpose. Making changes for students, with students, in their interests.
Durham SU was created by students in 1899 to bring students from across the university together.
Join an active group, there are plenty to choose from. From Angling to Bollywood Dance Society. Don’t see the group you are looking for? You can apply to start your own group.
Have an interest you’d like to explore further? Durham SU have a wide range of Interest Groups from Pottery to Coffee Society that you can join.
Getting serious about the environment we live in.
To become more ‘environmentally friendly’, Host is launching the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign to encourage responsible behaviour and drive sustainability across our sites throughout the UK and Ireland.
It’s a simple campaign! For every percent we reduce our overall utilities (electric, water and gas) consumption by we donate to one of our nominated charities.Show me all news
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