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What is Durham Market Place?

The Durham Market Place is one of the Shopping Venues in and around Durham that Eric Knows makes it easy to find.

This establishment is a home for over 40 independent retailers who are passionate about the wares that they sell. Accordingly, the products available at the marketplace and the indoor Hall are extremely varied. For example, in one trip you can buy your groceries at the many food stalls while also shopping for gifts like music discs or even Turkish homeware. For more detail, the Durham Markets’ website lists all the traders that are currently active in the Market Hall.

In addition, the venue hosts regular events that shake up the stock on offer. For instance, the outdoor market which occurs every Saturday provides a variety of clothing, food and drink to buy from independents, including a stall selling fudge! Further information on what events are on can be found here.


Moving on, the building itself is as accessible as possible to wheelchair users despite Durham’s hilly environment. For example, there is a lift and accessible toilet available to wheelchair users. For more information, see the FAQs below as well as the FAQ’s on Durham Markets’ website.

How to get there

Being in the centre of Durham, The Durham Market Place is reachable by almost all forms of transport. For cars, the nearest car park is the Prince Bishop’s Car Park just around the corner; details on this car park’s fees and times are found on its website. Furthermore, buses also have easy access as there is a bus stop directly next to the market square, which is stopped at by the 40 and 40A.

Further points of interest

You can explore more of Durham’s extensive history first-hand by heading toward the magnificent Durham Cathedral or spectacular Durham Castle, both of which are only a short walk away.

Q Are card payments accepted by all the stalls?

Most of them do accept card payments. You can check specific traders on the Durham Market Hall's website.

Q Is the Market Hall accessible by wheelchair?

Yes it is. It has a lift that allows all of the levels to be reachable by wheelchair. Furthermore, an accessible toilet has been installed adjacent to the lift on the main floor, which can be entered by contacting a member of staff or using your own RADAR key.

Q Are there toilets in the Market Hall?

There are public toilets available by Café Cenno on the mezzanine level. There are also accessible toilets. You can read more about this in the second FAQ.

Q Is there a baby changing facility?

There is one in the disabled toilet next to the lift on the main floor of the building. You can access this toilet by contacting a member of staff.

Q Is there wifi?

Free wifi is available to patrons of Café Cenno.

Q Are dogs allowed?

While all dogs are welcome to the outdoor markets, only assistance dogs are allowed into the indoor Market Hall.

Q Can I browse the Merket without paying to go in?

Yes, entry into the Market Hall and to outdoor market events is free.

Q When are the regularly occurring market events?

The Saturday Outdoor Market: every Saturday 9am - 4pm

Durham’s Farmers’ and Producers’ Market: the third Thursday of every month 9am - 4pm

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