Attractions in Durham
Durham has a host of exciting attractions from award-winning museums to medieval castles and from family friendly farms to magnificent natural wonders.
In Durham City you can experience our amazing history and heritage as you marvel at the awe-inspiring Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a quintessentially English experience at Crook Hall and Gardens, or visit Durham University’s Oriental Museum, the only museum in the north of Britain devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the orient. And don't miss the DLI Museum, one of the country's finest regimental museums, and Durham University's Botanic Garden - a delight throughout the seasons.
The Vale of Durham is packed full of award-winning attractions, including Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, England's largest open air museum. Learn what life was life in north East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times as you explore the town, pit village, 1940s farm and even board a tram. Discover the county’s role in the history of the railways and enjoy a free day out at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, or stroll through the beautiful rooms at Auckland Castle, which was the palace of Durham’s unique Prince Bishops for more than 900 years.
In the Durham Dales you will encounter the surprising sight of The Bowes Museum, a magnificent building housing breathtaking collections of fine and decorative arts. At nearby Raby Castle you can explore the walled gardens and discover the history behind one of England’s finest medieval castles. And don’t miss Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum. Plus, don’t miss the perfect photo opportunity at High Force – a magnificent sight and one of the country’s most spectacular waterfalls.
If it’s family fun you’re looking for then look no further than Diggerland Durham, the UK’s ultimate adventure park! Enjoy a day out with the animals at farm attractions across the county including Hall Hill Farm, or visit Beamish Wild or Adventure Valley for family fun with a difference.
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