Delve into Durham's Heritage
Durham City and Magna Carta
Whether you arrive to Durham City by road or by rail you will be greeted by the imposing site of Durham Cathedral and Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cathedral is often cited as the finest Norman building in Europe, and the city skyline is one of the most stunning panoramas in Europe.
And in the summer of 2015 a fascinating exhibition will take place in the heart of Durham City’s World Heritage Site, commemorating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Whilst the Cathedral holds three editions of the “Great Charter”, it will be the 1216 issue (the only surviving copy) that will go on display at Durham University’s Palace Green Library from 1 June as part of Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt. don't miss a visit to Durham Castle during your stay - originally built in the 11th Century under William the Conqueror it is now a college of Durham University offering guided tours.
Uncover more of Durham's amazing heritage
Stroll through the beautiful rooms at Auckland Castle in the Vale of Durham and discover the majestic works of art and historic artefacts housed within. And in the Durham Dales, seek out The Bowes Museum - a magnificent French style château housing a fantastic collection of fine and decorative arts and world-class exhibitions. Or visit nearby Raby Castle - one of England's finest medieval castles.
In Durham City, a stroll along the banks of the River Wear will take you to medieval Crook Hall and its tranquil themed gardens.
Step back in time in the Vale of Durham as you take in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the past at award-winning Beamish Museum, or discover the county's role in the development of the railways at Locomotion – the National Railway Museum at Shildon. And in the lead mining landscapes of the Durham Dales, find your own minerals as you work as a washerboy at Killhope: The North of England Lead Mining Museum.
Durham also has a rich sporting heritage. Durham County Cricket Club has grown from humble beginnings in 1882, to see top-flight cricket now played at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, and did you know that a Durham team, West Auckland Football Club, won the ‘first World Cup’ in 1909?