From world-class attractions to unique places to stay and stunning landscapes to explore, there’s so much to enjoy on a getaway in Durham.
Discover the breathtaking beauty of Durham’s great outdoors. Blow away the cobwebs with a refreshing walk along the Durham Heritage Coast, hunt for Seaham’s famous sea glass, or simply enjoy a relaxing stroll along the beach.
Be amazed by the many incredible natural wonders found in the Durham Dales, from the mighty High Force Waterfall to endless wild heather moorlands and wonderful woodland at Hamsterley Forest. And enjoy an incredible night under the stars as Durham’s dark skies come alive as night falls.
Even in historic Durham City there’s the chance to get back to nature, with riverside walks and many wonderful gardens to explore.
See the past come to life and get hands on with history at amazing attractions. Explore magnificent castles including Raby Castle, immerse yourself in fascinating history at The Auckland Project, and step back in time at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. Discover the county’s role in the development of the railway at Locomotion in Shildon – the world’s first railway town.
And of course no visit would be complete without experiencing Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the captivating stories that echo throughout these hallowed grounds. Take a guided tour of Durham Castle, explore incredible collections inside the historic libraries at Palace Green, and uncover almost a millennium of history at Durham Cathedral, with its fascinating museum and breathtaking views after taking on the tower climb.
Get your culture fix at award-winning galleries and museums. Explore the grand galleries of The Bowes Museum, filled with outstanding collections of fine and decorative art from across the globe. Travel to the far-East at the Oriental Museum, be amazed by the grand architecture of Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, and go underground at Killhope Lead Mining Museum. And shop till you drop at Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Destination – the biggest outlet centre in the North East.
And with a packed year-round programme of exciting events to enjoy, from food festivals and live music to theatre and incredible exhibitions, you’re certain to have an eventful time.
And of course, let’s not forget about the mouth-watering food and drink. Treat your taste buds to a real taste of Durham and savour the flavours of locally sourced ingredients. Tuck into delicious meals at the county’s many award-winning restaurants, pubs and cafés. And quench your thirst with a pint of Durham’s finest ale or sip on a refreshing gin made right here in the county. You’ll be spoilt for choice with what’s on the menu in Durham.
After a day of adventure you’re certain to find the perfect place to stay. Take a break at one of the county’s stylish hotels, historic houses, welcoming B&Bs or cosy self-catering cottages. And for a night under the stars, you will find camping and glamping across the county. There’s something to suit all tastes and budgets.
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