Step back in time in Durham where exciting attractions, enthralling experiences and events shine a light on the past and bring the county’s fascinating heritage to life.
Take a tram ride into the past to experience unforgettable sights, sounds and smells at Beamish Museum. Step into the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s and you meet costumed folk going about their business.
Prepare to be amazed as Kynren – an epic tale of England returns to Bishop Auckland in 2017 promising to be bigger, better and brighter than before. Set off on a journey through time as you are taken through 2,000 years of British history in a spectacular outdoor show performed by 1,500 cast and crew on a 7.5 acre stage with ships, horses, pyrotechnics and amazing lighting and water effects.
In Durham City, visit Durham Cathedral and Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and place of spiritual enlightenment for more than a thousand years. Plus, explore Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s new world-class exhibition experience where you can wander previously hidden spaces inside this majestic building. And in the summer of 2017 all three of the Cathedral's Magna Cartas will go on display for the very first time in a fascinating exhibition at Open Treasure.
In the Durham Dales, the striking sight of The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle will take your breath away, and the 19th Century French-style chateau is as impressive on the inside too, housing internationally significant collections of fine and decortive art. And in Weardale venture down the mine at Killhope, where you will learn what life was like for lead miners in the North Pennines in the 19th Century.
You can climb aboard classic heritage rail vehicles from the National Collection at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, whilst at Auckland Castle almost 1,000 years of history is waiting in a palace fit for kings, but built for Prince Bishops (closed in 2017 but open for special events)