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Visit Dark Matter Cafe on Crossgate in Durham City, we stock a massive range of comics, trading card and board games, from Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, Munchkin, Settlers of Catan and more. We also have a pet tortoise named George. Our family friendly environment is designed for you to have fun with friends and family, and enjoy Comics, Games and great food and drink.

Dark Matter Cafe accepts all major credit and debit cards, and offers a top up and go service with pre loaded accounts (£5 annual joining fee applies)


a: Dark Matter Cafe, Crossgate, Durham DH1 4PR
t: 0191 386 3851

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday – 0900 to 1800
Monday to Friday Event Nights – 1800 to 2100 (see event page for more information)
Sunday – 1100 to 1700 (Please note that some Sundays we may be closed due to events, you will be able to find this out via our Facebook or Twitter.)

Bank Holiday Open Hours – 1000 to 1800

During event nights where space is available we are still open 1800-2100 (other than Fridays) however a minimum of £5 spend applies to seating area, the shop area is open for browsing and buying 9am to 9pm without minimum spends.

Finding DM

We are located up Crossgate, just down from the Angel Pub. To find us from the centre of Durham, head to North Road, at the end closest Silver Street Bridge is the Halifax on the Corner, and the Fighting Cocks Pub opposite. Located next to the Halifax is our bike (as seen on TV!) which points you up the mountainous bank to reach us!

Parking is available outside, at 50p per half our and no max stay, paid parking is Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm and FREE around those hours including all day Sunday.

Access via car is from the Milburngate round about, this is the one with traffic lights on, you head towards the parking facility under the Gates shopping centre but carry on towards the shops and zebra crossing rather than taking the road down the hill towards the car parks and riverside. We are still accessible during the demolition of the Gates Shopping Centre all be it that it doesn’t look like we are.

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