Official visitor information site for Durham, NC

Brightleaf Square

Brightleaf Square

North Carolina's first commercial district on the National Register of Historic Places. Turn-of-the-century tobacco warehouses resurrected as a shopping center with specialty stores and restaurants. Also community's arts and entertainment district.

Pick up a map for the 60-90 minute walking tour at the Durham Visitor Information Center, 101 E. Morgan St.

At A Glance:

905 West Main St.
P.O. Box 21
Durham, NC 27701

(919) 682-9229

Hours may vary; most stores are open M-Sa 11:30am-7pm; Th-F extended hours
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Free Admission

Tour Information
Length: 1-2 hours, Type: Self-guided
Scheduling policy: Suggest 1 week in advance
Motorcoach Parking:
On-site, call to arrange

Approximately 30 specialty shops
Approximately 12 restaurants in Brightleaf area


I-85 North (arriving from Atlanta, Charlotte, Greensboro, etc.):

    • Take exit #176-A (Gregson St.)
    • Follow Gregson St. for approximately 1-2 miles.
    • Brightleaf District spans 2-3 blocks of shopping/dining locations near the intersection of Gregson St. and Main St.

I-85 South (arriving from NY, DC, VA, etc.):

    • Same as directions for I-85 North.

I-40 East (arriving from Memphis, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, etc):

    • I-40 East and I-85 North merge in Greensboro, NC.
    • When highways divide near Hillsborough, NC, take I-85 North.
    • Follow directions for I-85 North as listed above.

I-40 West (arriving from Wilmington, Fayetteville, Raleigh, etc.):

    • Take exit #279-B (Durham Freeway, Hwy. 147 North).
    • Follow Durham Frwy for approximately 6-7 miles
    • Take exit #13 (Duke St.)
    • Follow Duke St. for approximately 1 mile to 2nd traffic light
    • Turn left onto Main St.
    • Brightleaf District spans next 2-3 blocks of shopping/dining locations
October 26 - 26, 2014

Beefsteak IV

All you can eat pasture-raised meats with beer. Must be 21+ for beer. Advance purchase only. Adult seats are $50 plus tax. Kid seats under 12 are $25 + tax. Everything else is included.

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