There are so many things to do in Durham, a county bursting with natural beauty, giving visitors the chance to explore the tranquil landscape away from the bustling northern cities. Durham makes a perfect base to explore the UK, just three hours by train from London, and less than two from the beautiful Scottish city of Edinburgh.
With a vivid history and heritage, Durham is a beautiful place to visit with a range of wonderful attractions. Take a stroll through the lavish rooms at Auckland Castle in the Vale of Durham, crammed full of majestic works of art and historic artefacts. At the Durham Dales visit The Bowes Museum a magnificent French style château housing a fantastic collection of fine and decorative arts and world-class exhibitions. Nearby is Raby Castle, one of England’s finest medieval castles definitely worth a visit.
Step back in time in the Vale of Durham at the award-winning Beamish Museum. Discover the county’s role in the development of the railways at Locomotion the National Railway Museum at Shildon. Durham Cathedral and Castle is an impressive sight. Often cited as the finest Norman building in Europe, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a fascinating day out.
Along with a wide range of historic attractions Durham is full of adventure, perfect for a fun packed family day out. For fantastic flying displays, Walworth Castle Birds of Prey is a treat for all ages. This wonderful falconry centre offers a range of experiences in the beautiful grounds of Walworth Castle. If you’re looking for an adrenaline packed day out, Fury Events in Witton Gilbert is the place to go. here you can take your pick from quad biking, clay pigeon shooting and many more outdoor pursuits, all set in 2500 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Beamish Wild Treetop Adventure Course is the home of adventure in the North East, giving you the chance to climb and zip among the treetops. Get a true taste of Durham by stocking up at one of the county’s farm shops, farmers markets or foodie events including the Bishop Auckland Food Festival which is held every April.