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Hands-on HistoryVisit Durham and step back in time at our award-winning attractions. Beamish Museum vividly recreates life in the early 1800s and 1900s and at Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum you can descend a real mine. Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon houses over 70 vehicles from the national collection, whilst Binchester Roman Fort allows you to expore impressive excavated remains.
Great OutdoorsGet on your bike and enjoy a breath of fresh air at Hamsterley Forest, take the woodland walk down to High Force Waterfall to see mother nature at her best, or head to the Vale of Durham for the ropes activity course at Beamish Wild - just a few ways to get active in Durham's great outdoors.
Ancient CastlesIf your children love tales of times gone by, head to Raby Castle in the Durham Dales where 700 knights gathered in the magnificent Baron's Hall to plot their unsuccessful Catholic Rising of the North against Elizabeth I. Discover the ruins of Barnard Castle, or enjoy a guided tour of Durham Castle in the heart of Durham City, commissioned by King William the Conqueror and now home of University College. Discover Auckland Castle, steeped in history and surrounded by the Bishop’s Deer Park, within 800 acres of picturesque parkland.
RailwayEnjoy a trip on the heritage Tanfield Railway, a 3-mile steam railway and the oldest existing railway in the world.
Glorious GardensDurham is home to many glorious gardens and country parks. Head to Medieval Crook Hall and explore its themed gardens, or take in the tranquil surroundings of Durham University's Botanic Garden. Enjoy a stroll at Whitworth Hall Country Park and see the resident deer, or head to Hardwick Park to enjoy the lakeside setting.
Seaside FunDurham's Heritage Coast offers lots of opportunities for some seaside fun, from sandy beaches and cliff top walks, to ice cream parlours and picnic spots.
What's OnWith a packed calendar of events there is certain to be something happening to keep you entertained - no matter when you choose to visit.
Cultural TreasuresChildren of all ages will love the Silver Swan at The Bowes Museum - a 230-year-old musical automaton which plays every day to fascinated onlookers. Discover the Egyptian cat's coffin at Durham University's Oriental Museum, or explore the hidden gems housed within The Treasures of St Cuthbert at Durham Cathedral.