Spring is a wonderful time of year to visit Durham; the breathtaking landscapes of the Durham Dales explode with colour and wildlife and the county’s glorious gardens are in full bloom.
Plus there are some great events happening this spring, from the county's biggest food festival to stargazing events and fascinating exhibitions.
Visit Durham City and take in the spectacular Durham Cathedral and Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Open Treasure, the Cathedral's new world-class exhibition experience, where this spring the exhibition is all about the weird and wonderful beasts and monsters which have fascinated for centuries. Find out more about BEASTS! here >
See history come to life at more amazing attractions including Beamish - The Living Museum of the North and Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon.
Discover Durham's Great Outdoors
Take some time out and explore Durham's great outdoors. From a leisurely stroll to a challenging trail, pull on your walking boots and experience the breathtaking scenery of the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, recently named a UNESCO Global Geopark.
Get the perfect view of Durham City's World Heritage Site from Wharton Park, enjoy a quintessentially English experience at Crook Hall and Gardens, or explore more of Durham's glorious gardens and parks.
At Hamsterley Forest you will find miles of woodland to explore on two feet or two wheels, and don’t miss the perfect photo opportunity at High Force, one of England’s most spectacular waterfalls. Find out more about walking, cycling, fishing and even exploring this beautiful part of the county by electric bike here.
Discover Durham's historic market towns, look out for the resident deer at medieval Raby Castle, which reopens in Easter, or visit The Bowes Museum – a magnificent French-style château in the Durham Dales that is home to superb collections of fine and decorative arts.
If you prefer coast to countryside then blow away the cobwebs and enjoy spectacular views from the Durham Heritage Coast as you walk among the wild flowers, rugged cliffs and imposing headlands.Plus, the Heritage Coast Festival returns in May, celebrating the county’s fascinating coastal heritage.
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