County Durham is a ceremonial county in north-east England offering everything from historic cathedrals to museums of antiquities to living museums, cascading waterfalls, castles, wilderness and rail history. At Durham Cathedral, you’ll see the elegant Romanesque architecture of an iconic spiritual site. Head for Beamish and explore the open-air Living Museum of the North to step back in time. At the Bowes Museum, you’ll see a vast collection of ceramics, antiques and artworks from hundreds of years of history, while at Durham Castle, you can book a room and stay at a historic bed and breakfast.

The High Force Waterfall is a massively powerful cascade between rocky cliffs surrounded by untamed wilds. Auckland Castle allows you to explore historic artworks and see herds of wild deer in their native habitat. The Oriental Museum displays classical Far Eastern artwork, and at Finchale Priory, you will witness the jagged stone remains of a medieval Grade I-listed monastery. For kids, check out Adventure Valley or Hall Hill Farm to get up close to animals.

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  • Durham

    The city of Durham is located just south of Newcastle upon Tyne in northeastern England and is marked by several Norman and medieval structures around which winds the River Wear. Visitors flock to sites like the Durham Cathedral with its Romanesque architecture, and Durham Castle from the Norman era. Crook Hall dates to the 13th century and offers a maze...

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  • 10 Places Where Locals Love to Eat in Durham

    Durham may be a historic city, but it’s also one with a robust selection of fantastic places to eat. From burger joints to luxurious steakhouses, this city offers delicious meals that draw in foodies from far and wide. Of course, the best places are the ones that locals still love to go to, and these are the ones we’ve rounded...

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Where to go & what to do at night in County Durham

  • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Durham

    Durham's vibrant nightlife has plenty to keep you out and about well after sundown. Be it for tasty food, live music or after-dinner drinks, this charming and picturesque city has options as diverse as they are convenient to get to. Look no further than these hotspots right in the heart of town. From pubs to a night market, from live performances...

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