Durham Town Hall

Visit for free every Saturday between 10:00 – 15:00 to discover something new.


One of Durham’s best kept secrets, the Town Hall has been a centre of life in the city for more than 650 years. Now regularly open to the public for the first time with new interpretation, interactive information points, short films and audio guides helping to bring this stunning heritage building, and the amazing stories within it, to life. Learn about powerful Prince Bishops, the evolution of local government and how the modern Town Hall developed from a timber structure first built in 1356. Discover more about the historic and current roles of Mayor and the Mayor’s Bodyguard, who have both called the Town Hall home since 1602.  For centuries the political and economic power in the city, medieval Trade Guilds and Freemen of Durham meet in the Guildhall to this day. Other displays focus on colourful local characters like Joseph Boruwlaski (1739 – 1837), the 3ft 3in tall ‘Little Count’, who performed in the grandest Royal courts of Europe before retiring to Durham in 1791.


Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to experience this unique part of Durham’s rich history.


Durham Town Hall is available for private hire and ideal for hosting events, please contact the venue directly for further details.


Opening Times


09:00 - 17:00


09:00 - 17:00


09:00 - 17:00


09:00 - 17:00


09:00 - 17:00


10:00 - 15:00




Find us

Town Hall Durham County Council Market Place DH1 3NJ

03000 267 955