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Attractions in Durham

Things to do 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.

The Vale of Durham is packed full of award-winning attractions, including Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, the country’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, or visit Beamish Wild or Adventure Valley for family fun with a difference. 

These are just a few of the incredible attractions across an extraordinary county, discover more highlights below or use the icons above to explore more of Durham’s treasures.

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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...

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is the jewel in the heart of the...

High Force Waterfall

High Force Waterfall

High Force suddenly and spectacularly drops 70...

Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

The museum offers visitors the opportunity to...

Bowlees Visitor Centre

Bowlees Visitor Centre

The centre is run by the North Pennines Area of...

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

Welcome to Durham Cathedral, the greatest Norman...