The tours of the Victorian Market Hall will guide visitors through a history going back well before the 19th Century.

Colin Wilkes, Managing Director of Durham Markets, commented: “The site of our Market Hall has a very varied history. At one time it was a palace and gardens for the Neville’s of Raby, but since then it has been a workhouse factory and a charity school before becoming the city’s Market Hall. These tours are a great opportunity to get an understanding of how the centre of Durham has changed over the centuries, and the part the site of the Market Hall has played in the fortunes of the city.”

The free tours will be guided either by Colin Wilkes or by local historian David Butler.

There are three free tours of the Market Hall, each at 10.30am, on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th September.

Places are limited to 12 for each tour and must be reserved in advance.

To reserve a place, please email durhammarkets@yahoo.co.uk or call 0191 384 6153.