A creative hub and one of Durham’s best kept secrets can be found in Fowler's Yard. Creative workspaces have maintained their authentic charm and an artistic community shares their skills with visitors, including wool spinning and fleecing, furniture restoration, jewellery design, portrait painting, tapestry weaving and micro-brewing.
Despite its compactness, Durham offers a wide range of shopping options amongst the intimate lanes and atmospheric narrow streets, much of which is closed to traffic making for a pleasant and relaxed experience. Its Victorian Market, monthly Farmer’s Market add additional colour and life on selected days throughout the week while The Prince Bishop’s Centre and Gates’ Centre offer all the high street and designer brands one could wish for. Unique to the city is the Fowler’s Yards, where artists and craftspeople create and sell their specialities such as glass, metal and textile work. There is even a micro brewery.