Things to Do
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 collections 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.
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