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.
A stroll along the banks of the River Wear will take you to medieval Crook Hall and its tranquil themed gardens.
And 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.
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?
Below are some ideas to get you started, and visit our attractions page for more amazing places to visit.