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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.

Vale of Durham

Bishop Auckland is a lively market town with a fascinating 2,000-year heritage and is also home to Auckland Castle. The castle is surrounded by the Bishop’s Deer Park - 800 acres of picturesque parkland and visitors can enjoy the priceless collection of paintings by Francisco de Zurbarán.

And at nearby Escomb, visitors 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, the world famous open-air museum where visitors can experience 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; most of the houses, shops and other buildings have been dismantled, brought to Beamish and rebuilt.

Or if you prefer to get hands-on with history, take some time to visit, Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, which was the first National Museum in North East England and 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...

Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

The museum offers visitors the opportunity to view many unique and historically significant railway vehicles and enjoy interactive displays. We operate on a large site stretching over 1km with both outdoor and indoor areas (however the majority of displays are indoors). We have car and coach...

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...

Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle

Principal country residence of the Prince Bishops...

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

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

Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground

Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground

Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground is a...

Beamish Wild Treetop Adventure

Beamish Wild Treetop Adventure

Whoooosh! Looking for outdoor adventure? ...