I know that I rarely write shopping tips as it is no secret here on Virtual Tourist that I hate shopping although I do have a great fondness for markets. When I was wandering round Durham fairly aimlessly one day it was therefore pretty certain that I would check out the Indoor Market when I saw it.
The Market building itself is impressive, built in 1851 and obviously fairly recently refurbished, it is a Victorian delight. The stalls themselves aren't bad either with a vast range from food to toys, tools, clothing, bric-a-brac and even a couple of rather good musical instrument stalls. Naturally, I had to stop and check out the guitars!
If all the shopping makes you hungry or thirsty there is a pleasant looking little cafe on the premises.
There are accessible toilets and baby changing facilities on-site.
The market is open 0900 - 1700 Monday to Saturday and 1100 - 1600 on a Bank Holiday.
If shopping is your thing, you will love this place.
What to buy: Just about anything, there is a huge selection of stalls.
What to pay: The prices seemed to be about comparable with the shops.
Students need to eat, and the shops in Durham are mostly small and expensive.
It took us a while to figure out where to best go food-shopping, but in the end it was Spennymoor, a little town outside Durham, easily accessible from our little village Coxhoe and from Durham itself. There is ASDA, Aldi, co-op etc.
Of course this is only really possible if you have a car.
What to buy: Food, household stuff.
What to pay: Probably less than anywhere else.
There is a great outlet centre right next to where the ferries leave in Newcastle/Tyneside. I unfortunately only discovered it when I left, but that was a great shopping spree I had then. I bought lots of clothes, and very good brands for very little money. My boyfriend was saying all the women there were like vultures circling their prey, but o well, he was pretty keen on the bookshops himself.
The outlet centre seems pretty new and looks nice. You can shop and the hop right on the ferry.
Had I known about this earlier, I would have gone shopping there much more often during my year in Durham!
What to buy: Clothes.
What to pay: You can make some REAL deals here.
You go in through ancient stone archways into a hall set behind the the main market square.
What to buy: Indside is the usual things - meat, fish, veg, clothes, records, books, andtiques, electrics... A typical English market.