Visit Durham City and take in the breathtaking Durham Cathedral and Castle – a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and don’t miss Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s new world-class exhibition experience.
Enjoy a riverside walk or seek out some of the city’s superb cafes galleries and museums. Discover the treasures of Durham University’s Oriental Museum, explore Durham University’s Botanic Gardens and don’t miss Crook Hall and Gardens – a medieval manor house set in breathtaking surroundings offering an oasis of calm in the heart of the city.
When it’s time to refuel, you’ll be spoiled for choice with a fantastic selection of cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants to choose from. Look out for the Taste Durham award, a sign of great food and great service.
Delve further into the county’s past at amazing attractions including Beamish Museum and Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon in the Vale of Durham, and Killhope in the Durham Dales. And if you’re a culture vulture then seek out the fantastic fine and decorative art collections inside The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.
Look out for the resident deer at nearby Raby Castle, one of England’s finest medieval castles or head out into Durham’s great outdoors and explore the breathtaking countryside of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
You’ll find breathtaking views and walking and cycling routes galore amongst Durham’s stunning countryside and coastal areas. Explore the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a picture-perfect landscape of moors, hills, valleys and rivers – and home to High Force – one of England’s most impressive waterfalls. Explore 2,000 hectares of woodland at Hamsterley Forest, or pack your hiking boots and head to the Durham Coast for dramatic sea views along the coastal footpath.
The amazing variety of attractions, events and things to do across our county, is what makes Durham such a special place to visit.
For more ideas to extend your visit, head to thisisdurham.com and plan your break today.