Discover Durham’s Heritage
Durham is an extraordinary county, where award-winning attractions and enthralling events give you a glimpse of times gone by.
Step back in time and come face-to-face with people from the past at Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, winner of VisitEngland’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012.
Get hands-on with history at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, where in 1825 the world’s first steam-hauled passenger train departed on its historic journey.
Durham Cathedral, voted “Britain’s best loved building” by Guardian readers, dominates the Durham City skyline.
The Lindisfarne Gospels, were on loan from the British Library, and were the centrepiece of a spectacular exhibition this summer at Durham University’s Palace Green Library. Whilst The Bowes Museum paid tribute to Durham-born Jeremiah Dixon in a fascinating exhibition to mark the 250th anniversary of the commencement of the survey that founded America’s Mason-Dixon Line.
And when it comes to 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.
From social and industrial, to spiritual and sporting, Durham’s heritage is waiting to be discovered.