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Family run public house with three letting bedrooms two of which are ensuite and one with private shower and toilet, there is also free wifi and tea and coffee making facilities in all rooms. We are just a 15 minute walk from the beautiful city centre of Durham with its numerous bars and restaurants and the world renowned Cathedral and castle. Also The Shoes is a recent winner of the television show 4 in a bed which is shown on channel 4. We do have a very good record for repeat visitors which we think shows that our hard work is appreciated.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Non-smoking rooms
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65Somewhat walkable
Grade: 65 out of 100
56Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
7Attractionswithin 0.75 miles
6Room tips
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I stayed here to visit daughter at Durham University. The location is excellent and the bus from town stops opposite the pub. You can walk from the station in about 15-20 mins but it is a steepish uphill and it was bucketing with rain! The room I stayed in (1) was spacious
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We stayed overnight and enjoyed our visit to both the city of Durham and The Shoes. Our room number 2 was on the 3rd floor and was clean and modern.Debbie checked us in and helped us with some local information and the property is about 100 yard's from the bus stop in to town
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We have been staying in British B&Bs for forty years. The Shoes is an example of the way the warm experience used to be and often still is. The Gowlands were attentive and friendly hosts who did all that was asked, and more, by me during my eight night stay. The welcoming
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I don't think I realised that this place is essentially a pub with rooms. I should have also realised that the most recent (sensible!) review was submitted in Nov 2017. The pub is an unassuming bar on the edge of the city. We arrived, with our bags (we were touring the north
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Response from 488wg, Manager at The Shoes
Responded 9 Oct 2018
I don't know how anyone could not realise that we are a pub with rooms and that all rooms are advertised as twin rooms and are 3 star rated by Visit England as we have been for a few years now. A key is given to all of our guests for a side entrance to the pub so that they don't have to walk through the bar, however most of them are more than happy to either have a drink or just chat with regulars or other guests in the bar. The comment about the mattresses is the first we have ever had that was not a positive comment about them and in our opinion the mattresses and towels are more than adequate.I accept that if you are wanting a 5 star stay The Shoes is not for you but it is a very well established and successful 3 star rated business, charging 3 star prices giving terrific value for money. Thank you for your comments.
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I like the shoes very much, I am a shoe person, shoe, shoes, etc... You should go there and visit Shoe's Saloon, this is a great spa and i recommend it. Barababa Barabubu to all of you, Sincerely yours, Shoes salesman
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Is it possible to walk into Durham from The Shoes, thanks
Yes - about 10 -15 minutes. It will take longer coming back as there are some steep hills
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Hello Whats the parking like at The Shoes sounds a wonderful place to stay, judging by the reviews! thanks
Plenty of parking outside the pub.
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"Ask for the upper floor."
"much shoes is best place i recommend just go shoe barabaz barabubuz"
"1 room on 1st floor - 2 rooms on 2nd floor"
"room 3 at the top so quite high above the road outside traffic noise minimal at night, I sleep with window open did not cause any issue"
"There are only three rooms but ask for the one with the on-suite shower."
US$53 - US$66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomEnglandDurham
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