The Department of Theology and Religion’s home, Abbey House, is located directly next to one of the most distinctive landmarks in England, Durham Cathedral. You can find a stylised map of Durham here.
By Air: The nearest airport to Durham is Newcastle (NCL). This is served by frequent UK internal flights from London (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead). There are also direct flights from several other UK destinations and various European cities, e.g. Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.
Upon arrival at Newcastle Airport, participants have two options available to them.
a) A fast transit Metro service operates from Newcastle Airport direct to Newcastle Central Station. The service is frequent (typically every 10 to 15 minutes, although this depends on the time of day) and the travel time is 24 minutes.
Having reached Central Station, participants can continue their onwards journey to Durham by rail. Tickets can be purchased on the main concourse, either at the Travel Centre or (if one has enough coins) from a machine. On Arriva regional services (but not on long-distance National Rail trains) it is also acceptable to buy the ticket onboard the train. There are regular services to Durham from Newcastle; see below for more details. Typical journey time is approximately 15 minutes and tickets cost just over 3 pounds (adult, one way).
b) A taxi service is operated by the Airport Taxi Association. A rank is situated in front of the terminal. Durham is a 30 minute drive south along the A1 (M). Fares range from £30.00 to £35.00. It is possible, and cheaper (~£25), to book a taxi in advance; for pre-booking, call +44 (0)191 386 6662 (Paddy’s) or +44 (0)191 384 1329 (Mac’s). You can also book a taxi or an Airport Shuttle here.
Other airports: Note that there is also a smaller and less convenient airport about a half an hour away from Durham, Durham Tees Valley Airport and also a frequent rail service from Manchester Airport (see below). From the major London airports, travel to London King’s Cross for direct trains to Durham.
By Rail: Durham lies on the main London-Scotland East-coast train line and so enjoys frequent services from London (~3hrs) in the South, and Edinburgh (~2hrs) and Newcastle (15mins) in the North. The main operators on this route are East Coast and National Express.
Tickets can be purchased at stations for immediate travel, but fares are cheaper (often substantially) if booked in advance, especially if you commit yourself to travel on a particular train (although there is usually some restriction on which trains you book cheap tickets for). For availability, information and booking, you can either contact your travel agent, or online booking website. A comprehensive timetable for services in the United Kingdom is available from Network Rail.
There is a frequent bus service direct from the station to Palace Green, where the Department of Theology and Durham Cathedral are located. Taxis from the station are also inexpensive. Alternatively, you can walk from the station in about fifteen minutes, on a route that takes you through some of the most attractive parts of the city.
For participants travelling by car, Durham is easily accessible from the North-South A1(M) motorway and from the West by the A68 and A69 main roads.
A parking permit is required for University car parks. Parking in Durham outside University premises is quite severely restricted.
Please note that Durham was not designed with cars in mind, and parking is very limited and expensive in the city. You would normally be best advised to use one of the city’s Park and Ride service. The bus stops for the Gates Shopping Centre or for the Gala Theatre are each a five-minute walk from the Department.
There are also several daily coach services into Durham Coach Station; one of the major operators in the UK is National Express. Visit their website for schedule information.