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Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham City Centre – review, guide and video tour

Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham City Centre – review, guide and video tour

We take our children to stay at the Radisson Blu hotel on the River Wear in a great location in Durham

Name

Radisson Blu Hotel

Where is it

It is overlooking the River Wear in Durham city centre, in the northeast of England, a mile from the cathedral and the castle.

Durham is a really beautiful city, full of culture and charm and there’s also loads to see and do.

What is it

This is a four-star hotel with 207 bedrooms.

Radisson Blu hotels are part of the Radisson Hotel Group. (Other brands in the group are Radisson Collection, Raddison, Radisson Red, Radisson Individuals, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson and prizeotel).

The hotel reception at Radisson Blu Hotel Durham

The company describes the Radisson Blu hotels as ‘memorable, stylish and purposeful’.

Is it family friendly?

Yes, our room was perfect for a family and the swimming pool is the icing on the cake.

The rooms

Our family room was a good size, split into two areas – a spacious bedroom for us and around the corner, an area for the children with a sofa bed. Both areas have a tv and a desk.

One part of our standard family room at the Radisson Blu Durham

There’s also an en-suite bathroom with an array of toiletries. The room was equipped with tea and coffee facilities, dressing gowns, iron and ironing board, safe, hair dryer and ice bucket (ice is available along the corridor).

The children's part of the hotel room at the Radisson Blu Hotel Durham

Food and drink

The hotel’s Collage restaurant serves breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner.

Breakfast is a buffet with a range of good quality hot and continental items including pastries, croissants, cereals, bacon, egg, mushrooms, toast, cheeses, fruit and yoghurt.

Breakfast at Radisson Blu Hotel Durham

We stayed over a weekend and it seemed particularly busy on the Sunday morning.

There is a separate big bar area too, serving drinks and bar snacks.

The bar area at Radisson Blu Hotel Durham

Our highlights

*Our room was a fabulous size and a perfect layout for us with the two sections.

*The location is brilliant – we could walk everywhere we wanted to visit in the city centre.

At night, it’s a short stroll along the river to bars and restaurants and an Odeon cinema at The Riverside.

Inside the Food Pit in Durham - a restaurant/market hall with street food and a bar.

We particularly like the relaxed nature of the Food Pit – a street food hall. Set up like a restaurant but with seven independent food vendors offering different menus, so everyone can choose from a different section but all sit together. Food included Greek, Thai, Mexican, plus there’s a bar and an ice cream/waffle dessert option. There’s even pizza and chicken nuggets and chips if you look hard enough.

*The swimming pool – we LOVE a pool and this one, at 15 metres is a great size. There were even a couple of lanes sectioned off for lane swimming.

The swimming pool at Radisson Blu Hotel Durham

*There is also a good-sized gym/fitness suite, but we didn’t have the tine to try it out, we were too busy swimming!

The gym/fitness suite at Radisson Blu Hotel Durham

Our video tour

Nearby

*Durham Cathedral

This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the best examples of Norman architecture in England and has been in use for almost 1,000 years.

Durham Cathedral exterior landscape front

Of more interest to us though, is the fact that it has been used in the Harry Potter films.

The Cloisters served as Hogwarts’ quadrangle and outdoor corridors including the scene where Ron has a spell backfire and pukes up slugs.

And the Chapter House was used as McGonagall’s Transfiguration class.

This part is usually closed but we managed to see a bit of it by peering through the keyhole!

Browns Boats

Hire a traditional rowing boat and make your way along the River Wear.

A girl rows on a Browns Boat rowing boat hire on the River Wear in Durham

Seaham

Collect sea glass along the shore at Seaham, it’s surprisingly addictive.

The beach at Seaham, County Durham

Locomotion

This railway museum is a free attraction. It has trains of all shapes and sizes and is in Britain’s first railway town, Shildon.

Locomotion railway museum in County Durham exterior building gv

Beamish

Beamish – the living museum of the north, is a great day out for all the family. Near the town of Stanley, it tells the story of the people of North East England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.

An old bus on a cobbled street at Beamish Museum in County Durham

For our full guide to local attractions read: Best places to visit around the English city of Durham and the wider county.

Hear all about our trip here: We enjoy an action-packed family break in delightful Durham.

More information

Check-in and out

Check-in is from 2pm and check-out is by 12noon.

Parking

There is a car park behind the hotel which offers a discounted rate for hotel guests. At the time of writing it was £14 for 24 hours,

Address:

Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankland Lane, Durham, DH1 5TA.

Telephone number:

0191 3727200.

How to book:

Radisson Blu Hotel Durham

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This is Durham

For more great ideas, visit the county’s official tourism website This is Durham.

Telephone: 03000 26 26 26

Email: visitor@thisisdurham.com

*We enjoyed a complimentary stay for the purposes of this review, all views are our own.