The Victoria Inn


Eccentric old-style drinking bar with well-priced rooms five minutes from Durham Castle - not for the faint-hearted!


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


An old-school drinking bar in the middle of Durham: no music, no fruit machines, just original Victorian interiors trapped in aspic. There’s a roaring fire, ancient wallpaper, pints of Big Lamp and lots of local banter. In the old days, shawled ladies would pop in to retrieve an errant husband. These days it’s students, bar-room philosophers and beers lovers who drop by. It’s not to everyone’s taste – if you want boutique interiors and impeccable service, look elsewhere – but those who like to quaff a pint or two with the odd portrait of Queen Victoria hanging on the wall will love it. Bedrooms upstairs aren’t huge and those by the road can get noisy, but all have honest prices and are a good base for exploring the city. Most have been partially refurbished in the last two years and come with lots of colour and good bathrooms. Some have brass beds, others Fleur de Lys wallpaper; the family room up in the eaves is large and airy with a contemporary style. Big breakfasts wait downstairs, Durham starts at the front door: cobbled streets, riverside walks, university and cathedral. Good restaurants wait nearby, Hadrian’s Wall is close.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Toasted sandwiches £1.50.


Nightly price
from £70
Singles £70-£87.
1 Twin
From £75
1 Family room for 4
From £85
4 Doubles
From £70


Well appointed rooms that are restful to the eye and comfortable. Lovely breakfast!

Alison, London

Very comfortable and friendly place with a great atmosphere.

Frances, Sheffield

Had a great night in Durham and staying at the Victoria was just right.. Really friendly helpful staff and the room was clean and nicely decorated and quiet,although only a few minutes walk from the city centre..Will certainly be using the Victoria again when I come back again--it was ideal.


We absolutely loved this place and will definitely stay there again. On arrival, our dog was greeted first with a dog biscuit treat! We were delighted with the room - we slept in the four poster bed complete with canopy and curtains. Very clean and comfortable. Location is perfect - just a 5 minute walk over the footbridge across the river to the cathedral and Durham market place. We were able to help ourselves to tea or coffee in the breakfast room at any time. The staff are all very friendly and welcoming. The breakfasts brilliant. Thank you Michael and All!!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Michael Webster

  • Voted 2017/18 Durham Camra pub of the year