A visit to Durham City for Brass 2017 provides the perfect opportunity to explore this captivating heritage city and discover more of our amazing county.
Visit the Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site – one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe. History lovers can also take a step back in time at the Oriental Museum and Palace Green Library – home to the new DLI Collection Gallery.
Enjoy some tranquil time out with a stroll along the river or through the stunning surroundings of Durham University’s Botanic Garden. And for a quintessentially English experience, head to Crook Hall with its medieval manor house and themed gardens.
The historic streets are home to high street favourites and independent retailers jostling for your attention, and when it’s time to refuel, you’ll be spoiled for choice with what’s on the menu at the many cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants. Look out for the Taste Durham award, a sign of great food and service.
Stay a little longer and explore the Durham Dales, Vale of Durham and Durham Coast.
Get a glimpse of times gone by at award-winning Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, or experience what life was like as a lead miner at Killhope. And for a truly unique experience, catch one of this summer’s performances of the spectacular open-air live show Kynren – an Epic Tale of England.
The Bowes Museum, a French-style chateau in the heart of the Durham Dales, houses one of the most important collections of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England. Look out for the resident deer at nearby medieval Raby Castle, or head out into Durham’s great outdoors and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore 2,000 hectares of woodland at Hamsterley Forest, and don’t miss the perfect photo opportunity at High Force waterfall – a truly magnificent sight. And for a breath of sea air head to the Durham Heritage Coast, where the clifftop path reveals dramatic views.
If you’re still in need of a little retail therapy, head to Dalton Park, the biggest outlet shopping centre in the region. Or if you prefer sport to shopping, catch the county cricket team in action at the Emirates Riverside.
Plan your perfect break visit the official tourism website here.