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Delve into Durham's Heritage

Battle of the Somme
Durham Cathedral
Beamish Museum
No turning back

2016 is the year to step back in time in Durham, with exciting attractions, enthralling experiences and events set to bring the county’s fascinating heritage to life.

Step back in time…

Set off on an epic storytelling journey through time at a brand new live action night show which opens in Bishop Auckland in July. Prepare to be amazed as Kynren – an epic tale of England takes you through 2,000 years of British history in a spectacular outdoor show performed by 1,000 cast and crew on a 7.5 acre stage with ships, horses, pyrotechnics and amazing lighting and water effects.

Take a tram ride into the past to experience unforgettable sights, sounds and delicious tastes as the past brings your senses alive at Beamish Museum. Discover fascinating stories and meet costumed folk as you explore the homes, shops and other buildings at the 350 acre museum. Step into the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s, and brand new for 2016, a Chemist and Photographers will open in the 1900s Town - have your photograph taken in Edwardian costume and see traditional remedies being made in the Chemist’s next door.


In Durham City, visit Durham Cathedral and Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and be one of the first visitors to explore Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s new world-class exhibition experience which opens up previously hidden spaces inside this majestic building. Embark on a journey from the Monk's Dormitory to the monastic Great Kitchen as the remarkable story of the Northern Saints and Durham Cathedral is revealed through the Cathedral’s incredible and historic collections.

Durham remembers…

Proud of its military history, the county is hosting a series of exciting events and exhibitions in 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.


In the heart of Durham City’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the reality of the Battle through the eyes of the North East people, with Palace Green Library’s fascinating exhibition, Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front. Plus, head for the Gala Theatre to accompany a new recruit on his journey as 1916: No Turning Back recreates the sights sounds and smells of life for a First World War Soldier in a walk-through, immersive experience unlike anything ever seen before in Durham with live actors, special effects, and screenings.

Featured Accommodation...

Rockliffe Hall Hotel

A luxury, country-house style hotel with state-of-the-art spa, world-class golf course and a wide range of dining options.

The Seaton Lane Inn

Located midway between Durham City and Durham Heritage Coast, The Seaton Lane Inn is your quintessential country pub with rooms.

The Kingslodge Inn

In the city yet surrounded by peaceful woodland, The Kingslodge Inn is the perfect place to eat, drink or stay to explore Durham.

Headlam Hall Hotel and Spa

An authentic 17th century country house hotel standing in beautiful gardens and peaceful countryside with spa and golf.

Seaham Hall and Serenity Spa

Award winning, 5 star boutique hotel with a luxurious spa, voted one of the best in the UK, Seaham Hall is a stone’s throw from the beach on the Durham Heritage Coast.

Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County

Occupying an enviable city centre location this historic 150 bedroom hotel offers superb dining experiences, conference and leisure facilities.

Meadow Cottage and Garth Cottage

Just 10 minutes from Kynren, the cottages are sympathetically converted farm buildings. Attractive, fully equipped cottages that are ideal for a relaxed stay.

East Greystone Farm Cottages

Stone barn conversions in Teesdale, refurbished to the highest standard. Original features and modern finishes are combined for comfort and luxury.

Heritage Highlights...