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Things to Do

Things to do in Durham

Visit Durham and your days will be packed with new experiences. 

History-lovers can experience Durham’s amazing heritage brought to life at award-winning attractions including Beamish Museum, Locomotion and Killhope. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site, look out for deer at Raby Castle and seek out the outstanding art colelctions at The Bowes Museum and Auckland Castle.

Take in the sights and smells of Durham’s glorious gardens, including Crook Hall and Gardens and Durham University’s Botanic Garden in Durham City. Escape to the peace and tranquillity of the Durham Dales incorporating Teesdale, Weardale, and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – home to High Force waterfall - a magnificent sight and the perfect photo opportunity. And if you love the great outdoors, you'll find 2,000 hectares of woodland to explore at Hamsterley Forest, or experience the rugged beauty of the Durham Heritage Coast.

In Durham City, Durham University's Oriental Museum is the only Museum in the north of Britain dedicated to the art and archaeology of the Orient, the DLI Museum is one of the finest regimental Museums in the country, and Palace Green Library display their own riches, as well as world-class exhibitions.  If you crave culture, the Gala Theatre runs a year-round programme of exciting performances.

Or if you prefer sports to shows, head to the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground or enjoy a day at the races at Sedgefield Racecourse. Plus, there are great family days out to be had across the county too, with with a range of family atractions including Hall Hill Farm and Adventure Valley.

Enjoy a little retail therapy in Durham City where boutiques and craft shops can be found around every corner. The county's market towns each have their own unique shopping experience, such as Barnard Castle with its array of antiques shops. There are a host of farmers markets and farm shops too, showcasing the best of local produce, whilst Dalton Park is a must for bargain hunters. 

And when it’s time to refuel, whether you want to relax in one of Durham’s cosy pubs with a hearty meal, enjoy a tasty tearoom treat or indulge your senses in a stylish restaurant, it’s all on the menu in Durham. Look out for the Tase Durham award, proudly displayed at more than 60 food businesses across the county.

Things to Do highlights...

Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle

Principal country residence of the Prince Bishops since AD1190. A fine example of architectural history, the state rooms display treasures left behind including original works of art, the collection of 17thC Spanish paintings by Francisco de Zurbaran and portraits of past Bishops. St...

Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle

Principal country residence of the Prince Bishops...

Hamsterley Forest

Hamsterley Forest

2000 hectares of mixed woodland lying between the...

DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

The DLI Museum and Art Gallery has become one of...

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural...

Gala Theatre and Cinema

Gala Theatre and Cinema

The centrepiece of Durham’s arts programme, the...

Durham University Botanic Garden

Durham University Botanic Garden

Don't miss all that the Botanic Garden has to...