Time to enjoy the best Durham restaurants. Time to enjoy the best Durham restaurants You'll enjoy history, culture, entertainment and excellent restaurants in Durham, an ancient city located just south of Newcastle upon Tyne in the northeast of England. Tourists flock to see the Romanesque cathedral and the castle, which dates back to Norman times. Other key attractions include the thirteenth-century Crook hall with its beautiful gardens and maze, the Botanic gardens of the University and the superb Oriental Museum which is packed with artefacts from Egypt, the Middle East and Asia. The winding River Wear also offers superb walking opportunities and the surrounding countryside is a draw of its own.