We have planned some optional activities for Wednesday afternoon. If you're
interested in joining one of these activities, sign up sheets will be available
at the registration desk. Alternatively, there are further suggestions
below that you can explore in your own time.
Option 1: Botanic Gardens (everyone has been given an entry pass in your conference pack)
Option 2: Oriental Museum (everyone has been given an entry pass in your conference pack)
Option 3: Cathedral and Durham Castle. The Cathedral is free entry, and has recently undergone restoration work. There are fabulous views if you want to climb the 325 steps to the top. Durham Castle have a special self-guided tour day. Tickets can be purchased at the Palace Green Library (by the Castle, on the green). Last admission to the Castle will be at 3:30pm. For prices, see this website.
Option 4: If weather permits, we'll organise a 5-mile circular walk into the countryside. If you're keen to hike regardless of the weather conditions, here is a map with a 5 mile walk, and here is a map with a shorter walk.
There are plenty of pubs around Durham catering to a wide range of tastes. Here is a short list of the more traditional style pubs where you can typically get a good range of traditional-style British ales as well as a variety of Scotch whiskies to aid in the evening's scientific debates.
Durham has a wealth of gentle countryside surrounding the City, which makes a great setting for exploring, both walking and running. A good start is usually to follow the river bank paths, but if you'd like any suggestions, speak to one of the locals.