At Durham City’s World Heritage Site Visitor Centre you can learn why Durham Cathedral, with its Romanesque architecture, stained glass and shrines to St Cuthbert and St Bede, is still a place of pilgrimage a thousand years on. Or enjoy a guided tour of the adjacent Durham Castle, originally built in the 11th Century under William the Conqueror. Just a short stroll from this UNESCO World Heritage site you will find a fascinating medieval building and you encounter Crook Hall, a 13th Century manor house surrounded by beautiful gardens. And don’t miss the Durham Light Infantry Museum– acclaimed as being one of the finest regimental museums in the country.
In the Vale of Durham, immerse yourself in times gone by at Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, peep into the past at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, a Victorian railway town whose highly skilled workforce played an important role in the early days of steam locomotive power. Or visit the majestic Auckland Castle - discover the treasures within as you stroll through the beautiful rooms.
The Durham Dales is home to more of the county’s treasure troves – the result of a loving bond between husband and wife founders John and Josephine Bowes, The Bowes Museum showcases its stunning collections in a series of themed galleries. Discover dramatic architecture and stunning art collections at Raby Castle – one of England’s finest medieval castles. And don’t miss Killhope, an award-winning Victorian lead mining museum.
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, and did you know that a football team from Durham won the ‘First World Cup’ in 1909?
From social and industrial, to spiritual and sporting, Durham’s heritage is brought to life at attractions across the county. Explore the categories below to discover some of Durham’s most fascinating heritage attractions.
Durham’s industrial past is brought to life at award-winning attractions.