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16 Sunderland Road Gilesgate, Durham DH1 2JT England See on map
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Non-Smoking Hotel
3 Star accommodation
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All reviews the pub friendly locals min walk great place to stay excellent value for money landlord beds breakfast ales
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

Thank Gary S
Reviewed 7 October 2018

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...More

Thank SarahBSSE
Response from 488wg, Manager at The ShoesResponded 9 October 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...More

Reviewed 20 September 2018

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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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

The Shoes was recommended to us by friends who live locally as a suitable B+B for visiting Durham Lumiere. They were spot on. Location Brilliant, close to the city but quiet. The rooms are spot on, warm and spotless. Beds very comfortable. Breakfast is included...More

11  Thank Dolf635
Response from 488wg, Owner at The ShoesResponded 21 November 2017

Thank you for the positive comments they are much appreciated by both the staff and myself and we will be pleased to welcome you back in the future.

Reviewed 18 October 2017

we stayed here on the 13th and 14th october. lovely room spotlessly clean and very good breakfast. good location near to the centre of durham. the landlord and landlady were realy friendly and helpfull, nice pub and friendly locals. we will stay here again when...More

2  Thank spenceealhamsarah
Response from 488wg, Owner at The ShoesResponded 19 October 2017

thank you for a positive review and we look forward to seeing you again when you next visit Durham

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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 More 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. Less
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US$52 - US$65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United Kingdom > England > Durham > Durham
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United Kingdom > England > Durham > Durham
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13 June 2017|
Response from NeilBLeeds | Reviewed this property |
Yes - about 10 -15 minutes. It will take longer coming back as there are some steep hills
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27 May 2015|
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Response from NeilBLeeds | Reviewed this property |
Plenty of parking outside the pub.
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"much shoes is best place i recommend just go shoe barabaz barabubuz"
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"1 room on 1st floor - 2 rooms on 2nd floor"
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"room 3 at the top so quite high above the road outside traffic noise minimal at night, I sleep with..."
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