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Car hire in Durham

Car hire in Durham

Durham is one of the most historic cities in UK, known across the world for its thriving culture and beautiful aesthetic. Located in the north-east of England just off the A1 (M), this picturesque city is built around the winding River Wear and is packed with amazing heritage sites and other attractions.

What I need to know

If you're looking for the best Durham car rental options, you'll have plenty to choose from, as several suppliers operate in the city. Make sure to visit our website to compare car hire deals - we can compare 1,500 car rental companies to find you the best price, and there's no credit card fee.

Where to pick up my car

Durham car hire customers can collect their vehicles from a few different locations in and around the city. Therefore, it shouldn't be a problem to get up and running soon after arriving at Durham Tees Valley Airport (MME), or indeed from any other location within the UK.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
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Where to go

The city's most famous attraction is the Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site, which dates back to the 11th century. You can also enjoy a river cruise, visit the many galleries and markets, or take a trip to the Gala Theatre for an even richer cultural experience.

Nearby Durham

Within an hour of Durham are major urban centres such as Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Sunderland, as well as the famously beautiful moorlands scenery of the North Pennines. You can also head east to see the Durham Heritage Coast, where you can enjoy nature walks and spectacular views of the coastline.

Longer drives

Durham is just over an hour's drive from many of the UK's most scenic national parks, including the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and Northumberland. Urban explorers can travel south to visit cities like Leeds and York, or head north past Hadrian's Wall for a day trip to Scotland.

Eating and drinking

Durham visitors can enjoy the best of British food by stopping in at the many local pubs, restaurants and tea rooms. The city is famous for being the home of English mustard and is home to award-winning cheesemakers, artisan bakers, brewers, butchers and farmers. Stop by one of the many farmers' markets for something fresh and delicious.

Things to do

Durham combines the best of country and city living. If you like the hustle and bustle, you can catch movies or plays at the Gala Theatre, or explore the various shops; if you're after something more sedate, you can relax in the city's green space or take a slow cruise along the River Wear.


You simply cannot visit Durham without checking out Durham Cathedral and Castle. The cathedral offers breathtaking Romanesque architecture that was featured in the Harry Potter films, while the famous castle is now in use by the students of Durham University, and is open for guided tours.


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