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Vale of Durham

Locomotion Museum in Shildon Durham

From the rolling landscape in the north and west to the rich agricultural lands in the south, the Vale of Durham is a diverse destination with bustling towns, exciting activities and enthralling attractions.

Bishop Auckland is a lively market town with a fascinating 2,000-year heritage and is also home to Auckland Castle, which was the palace of Durham's Prince Bishops for almost 900 years. Marvel at the treasures within, or spot the deer in the surrounding parkland.

The town is set for major developments over the next few years, with a new welcome building at the castle, a new Museum extension, an institute of Spanish art and culture, and the redevelopment of the 17th Century Walled Garden which will feature stunning new glasshouses providing 'garden rooms' restaurant and event spaces.

And in the summer of 2016, the town will burst into life as Eleven Arches presents  ‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’  - its eagerly awaited £31 million open-air live action night show. Opening on 2nd July 2016, Kynren will be rolled out as 14 action-packed and movie-like performances of colossal and dazzling proportions across the summer.

At nearby Escomb, you can see one of the finest examples of early Christian architecture in Northern Europe at Escomb Saxon Church. Using stones from nearby Binchester Roman Fort, it was built in the 7th Century and includes a Roman arch and stonework.

Step back in time at Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, England's largest open-air Museum. Hop on a tram and see what life was like in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. Beamish stands in 300 acres of beautiful countryside and is a working, living museum. Plus, for an action-packed day out enjoy a treetop adventure at nearby Beamish Wild

Discover the county's role in the development of the railways at, Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, which houses more than 60 vehicles from the national collection.

The Vale of Durham is also renowned for its sporting prowess; see world-class cricket at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground in Chester-le-Street, or enjoy a day at the races at Sedgefield Racecourse.

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Vale of Durham highlights...

The Town Street at Beamish

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish, and discover what life was like in North East England in the 1820s,1910s and 1940s . Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Costumed folk bring to life the Town, Pit Village, Home Farm and...

The Town Street at Beamish

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish,...

Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle

Principal country residence of the Prince Bishops...

Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

The museum offers visitors the opportunity to...

Hall Hill Farm

Hall Hill Farm

Award-winning farm attraction offering family fun...

Kynren - an epic tale of England

Kynren - an epic tale of England

An action packed open air night show of dazzling...

Sedgefield Racecourse

Sedgefield Racecourse

Hosting 19 jump race meetings, spanning 11 months...