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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. 

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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    Bowlees Picnic Area

    Coast and countryside
    Newbiggin
    The picnic area is in a sheltered side valley of Teesdale. There are 4 waterfalls in the site and more falls alongside a footpath to Gibson's Cave.
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    Crook Hall and Gardens

    Historic sites
    Durham City
    Medieval hall with Jacobean drawing room, turret and gallery, set in 4 acres of gardens, 2 walled gardens, a maze, a silver and white garden and Shakespeare garden.
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    Diggerland

    Family Fun
    Langley Park
    Diggerland is the UK’s most unique construction-themed adventure park where guests can drive, ride and operate earth-moving machinery in a safe and family friendly environment. Four parks across the UK in Devon, Durham, Kent and Yorkshire.
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    Old Durham Gardens

    Nature and Wildlife
    Durham
    Old Durham Gardens can be found less than a mile east of Durham City Centre. The gardens can be reached through a number of walks, including a very pleasant route through Pelaw Woods and provide a charming public space for everyone to enjoy.
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    Durham Museum and Heritage Centre

    Museums and galleries
    Durham City
    Local history museum housed in historic church near cathedral. Tells the story of Durham from 10thC to present day using displays, models and artefacts. Brass rubbing and shop.
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    Whitworth Hall Country Park

    Castles, Historic Houses and Gardens
    Spennymoor
    Historic parkland with resident deer, ornamental lake, children's playground and Grade II listed building.
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    Ankers House & St Mary and St Cuthbert's Church

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Chester-le-Street
    The cathedral church and shrine of St Cuthbert from AD883 to 995 with attached anchorage containing displays on Roman, Saxon and medieval times.
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    St Laurence Church

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Pittington
    Believed that a wooden church existed on the site of the present church which dates from AD1000. About AD1180 the beautifully decorated north aisle arches were added.
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    Weardale Railway

    Industrial and rail
    Stanhope
    The Weardale Railway follows the path of the River Wear and passes through the spectacular scenery of Weardale. With historic connections to the Stockton & Darlington Railway, it was once a vital link to the industrial heart of Teesside.
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    North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

    Coast and countryside
    Durham
    The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of England.
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    Hamsterley Forest

    Coast and countryside
    Bishop Auckland
    Information point and tearoom, cycle hire and forest drive with childrens play area. Four mile forest drive runs through the forest giving access to picnic sites along the way.
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    Durham Mining Museum

    Museums and galleries
    Spennymoor
    Small exhibits museum with underground experience for kids.
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    Pow Hill Country Park

    Coast and countryside
    Edmundbyers
    A moorland country park on the banks of the Derwent Reservoir.
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    Auckland Castle Deer House

    History and heritage
    Bishop Auckland
    A charming Gothic Revival 'eye catcher' built in 1760 in the park of the Bishops of Durham. It provided deer with shelter and food, and had rooms for picnics and enjoying the view.
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    Allensford Country Park

    Coast and countryside
    Allensford
    Picnic park in sheltered riverside setting with woodland walks, children's play park and shop. Magnificent views of the Derwent Valley only minutes from the North Pennines.
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    The Treasures of Durham University: Palace Green Library

    Museums and galleries
    Durham City
    Palace Green Library, in the heart of Durham city, holds Durham University's outstanding special collections. Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spanning millennia and the globe.
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    The Glass and Art Gallery

    Museums and galleries
    Consett
    Featuring the work of more than 120 regional artists. A wide variety of unique works of art which include glass, ceramics, paintings, metalwork and textiles. Most of our artwork can be bought online as well as buying direct from our shop.
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    Raby Castle

    History and heritage
    Staindrop
    Medieval Raby Castle, home of Lord Barnard's family since 1626, includes a 200 acre deer park, walled gardens, carriage collection, adventure playground, shop and tearoom.
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    Egglestone Abbey

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Barnard Castle
    Charming ruins of Premonstratensian Abbey and picnic area in a picturesque location on the River Tees.
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    Auckland Castle: A Palace Fit for Kings, Built for Prince Bishops

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Bishop Auckland

    Historically the Prince Bishops' country residence, home to the Bishop of Durham. Visit St Peter's Chapel, state rooms and deer park.

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    Causey Arch and Picnic Area

    Coast and countryside
    Stanley
    Picnic site which is home to the world’s oldest surviving single arch railway bridge.
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    St Andrew's Church

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Aycliffe
    Ancient ecclesiastical centre. Collection of 2 Saxon crosses dating from the 9thC, Saxon interior and Jacobean pulpit, altar, organ screen and pews.
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    Hall Hill Farm

    Coast and countryside
    Lanchester
    Award-winning farm attraction set in attractive countryside, see and touch the animals at close quarters. Farm trailer ride, gift shop, tearoom, indoor softplay area picnic and play area.
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    Fowlers Yard Creative Workspaces

    Experiences and workshops
    Durham City

    Fowlers Yard is Durham’s artistic and creative centre; it’s home to a unique collections of nine creative businesses, Leonards Coffee shop, and the City Theatre.

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    Hardwick Park

    Coast and countryside
    Sedgefield
    Recently restored 18thC park with visitor centre/cafe. Open daily.
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    Finchale Priory

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Durham
    The very extensive remains of a 13thC priory, founded on the site of a retired pirate's hermitage.
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    Weardale Museum and High House Chapel

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Ireshopeburn
    Small but fascinating volunteer run folk museum with an amazing collection including the beautiful Weardale Tapestry and the historic and High House Chapel. New display commemorating the lives of Weardale Soldiers who fought in the Great War.
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    Durham Heritage Coast

    Coast and countryside
    Seaham
    Experience the colourful and dramatic landscape of Durham’s Heritage Coast with its beaches, rugged cliffs and magnificent flora and fauna.
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    Broom House Forest Adventure Trail

    Coast and countryside
    Near Witton Gilbert
    Fun Adventure Farm. Woodland trails and adventure activities for all the family. Farm butchery. Coffee shop. Easter to October open weekends and school holidays.
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    Beamish - The Living Museum of the North: Discover a Real Taste of the Past

    Museums and galleries
    Beamish
    Taste history at Beamish! Sample traditional recipes cooked on coal-fired ranges, savour delicious fish & chips from Davy’s Fish Shop or freshly baked bread and cakes from Herron’s Bakery.
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    High Force Waterfall

    Coast and countryside
    Forest in Teesdale
    High Force is the most majestic of the waterfalls on the River Tees. The falls are only a short walk from a bus stop, car park and picnic area.
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    Durham University Botanic Garden

    Castles, Historic Houses and Gardens
    Durham City
    Set in countryside and mature woodland. Plant collections from North America, Himalayas and China, glasshouse rainforest and desert plants. Six Colin Wilbourne sculptures in landscaped garden.
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    Binchester Roman Fort

    Historic sites
    Bishop Auckland
    Remains of Commanding Officer's bath-house with one of the best preserved hypocausts in the whole of Britain.
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    Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens

    Nature and Wildlife
    Barnard Castle
    4.5 acres of winding paths, borders, a stream, walls and 16thC churchyard. Wide range of plants for sale, including trees, shrubs, hardy perennials and herbs.
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    Bishop Auckland Town Hall

    Museums and galleries
    Bishop Auckland
    210-seater theatre and cinema, art gallery, library, tourist information and cafe/bar. Full programme of events throughout the year.
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    Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

    Industrial and rail
    Shildon
    Over 60 railway vehicles from the national collection on display, special events, family activities and train rides during sceduled passenger train days.
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    Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum

    Industrial and rail
    Cowshill
    Quality Assured Visitor Attraction, Park Level Mine, is a real adventure. Be a washerboy, find minerals. Woodland walks, Exhibitions, Shop and Cafe enhance your day. Excellence award by Trip Advisor 2013.
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    Oriental Museum

    Museums and galleries
    Durham City
    The only museum in northern England dedicated to the art and archaeology of North Africa and Asia from prehistory to the modern day. Explore collections from ancient Egypt, India, China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.
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    Low Force Waterfall

    Coast and countryside
    Barnard Castle
    Low Force waterfall is part of the River Tees in beautiful Upper Teesdale. It is easily accessible from Bowlees Visitor Centre.
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    The Wolfson Gallery: Living on the Hills

    Museums and galleries
    Durham
    Living on the Hills - 10,000 years of Durham. This permanent exhibition uses objects from Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore the last 10,000 years of Durham.
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    Rokeby Park

    Coast and countryside
    Barnard Castle
    A beautiful Palladian-style country house which was the setting for Sir Walter Scott's ballad 'Rokeby'. A unique collection of 18thC needlework and period furniture.
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    Mini Moos Fun Farm

    Family Fun
    Edmondsley

    Mini Moos Fun Farm has acres of fun. From all the Miniature Animals to the huge Soft Play, there is something for everyone! 

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    Seaham Boat Charter

    Family Fun
    Seaham
    Departing from Seaham Marina I cruise down the Durham Heritage Coast to Crimdon. Each cruise takes approximately one hour. Maximum 9 passengers and costs £10pp if there are more than 5 passengers, otherwise it is a minimum charge of £50.
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    Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve

    Coast and countryside
    Peterlee
    Spectacular wooded valley leading to Durham Heritage Coast.
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    Derwentcote Steel Furnace

    Industrial and rail
    Hamsterley
    Built in the 1720s, Derwentcote is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace to have survived in Britain.
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    Krazy Kingdom

    Family Fun
    Annfield Plain
    Krazy kingdom, a funtastic soft play area for children 0-12yrs featuring soft play frames, slides, ten pin bowling, trampolines, sports arena and so much more.
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    Walworth Castle Birds of Prey

    Nature and Wildlife
    Walworth
    A fabulous falconry centre located in the grounds of Walworth castle, Walworth Castle Birds of Prey specialises in offering fantastic falconry experiences and daily flying displays. The centre is set within the stunning grounds of Walworth Castle.
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    Funshack

    Family Fun
    Seaham
    Children's indoor playcentre. Rain or shine you'll have a great time at Funshack.
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    Seaham Harbour Marina

    Sightseeing and Leisure
    Seaham

    Seaham Harbour Marina is County Durham’s one and only marina, offering opportunities for leisure based activities with facilities for 77 boats, slipway and retail units.

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    Low Barns Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

    Coast and countryside
    Witton-le-Wear
    Forty hectare nature reserve with nature trail, bird hides, observatory, woodland, ponds, meadow, lake and river. Visitor centre and coffee shop.
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    Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

    Coast and countryside
    Houghton-le-Spring
    Recently restored former opencast site. Two-hundred acre nature reserve with ponds, newly planted woodland, wild flower meadows, nature trail and visitor centre.
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    Newbiggin Methodist Chapel

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Newbiggin
    The oldest Methodist chapel in the world in continuous use. Contains a pulpit from which John Wesley preached.
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    East Durham Heritage and Lifeboat Centre

    Museums and galleries
    Seaham
    The East Durham Heritage and Lifeboat Centre displays the historic lifeboat The Gerge Elmy and gives and insight into the rich heritage of the area.
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    Adventure Valley

    Family Fun
    Durham
    Discover a world of family adventures at Adventure Valley, the North East’s biggest family adventure park, with over 40 attractions, activities and shows.
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    The Playshack

    Family Fun
    Shildon
    Bright and spacious indoor soft play area housing multi-level play equipment and slides for children up to 12. Separate toddler area and football pitch.
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    NeST Art Gallery

    Museums and galleries
    Barnard Castle
    Art Gallery situated in the small market town of Barnard Castle.
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    Durham Cathedral

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Durham City
    Thought by many to be the finest example of Norman church architecture in England, with the tombs of St Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede. Please check opening times before travelling.
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    Ruff 'N' Tumble Adventure World

    Family Fun
    Newton Aycliffe
    Ruff 'N' Tumble Adventure World provides a safe yet thrilling and exciting indoor play centre for children up to 12 years old.
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    World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

    Museums and galleries
    Durham City
    A free visitor centre providing an introduction to Durham World Heritage Site and what there is to see and do in and around the site. Ideal for families.
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    Moor House - Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve

    Coast and countryside
    Forest in Teesdale
    This National Nature Reserve gives you the chance to see some of the North Pennines' most spectacular geological formations, waterfalls and panoramic views.
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    Barnard Castle

    Historic sites
    Barnard Castle
    Ruined castle overlooking the River Tees with a fine great hall and a dominating round-towered keep.
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    Prince Bishop River Cruiser and Browns Rowing Boats

    Family Fun
    Durham City
    Luxury river cruiser seating 150. One hour cruises giving views of cathedral, castle and 5 bridges. Browns Rowing Boats offer rowing boat hire from April till October. What better way to enjoy seeing historic Durham City.
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    Derwent Walk

    Nature and Wildlife
    Consett
    A 10.5 mile former railway which is now available to pedestrians, cycles, horses and dogs. It winds up the valley from Swalwell to Consett.
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    DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

    Museums and galleries
    Aykley Heads
    The DLI Museum and Art Gallery tells the 200-year story of Durham's famous regiment the Durham Light Infantry. Art Gallery has changing exhibition programme. Please ring for free exhibition and events brochure.
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    St Mary the Virgin Church

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Seaham
    St Mary the Virgin is an Anglo-Saxon church listed as being 1 of 20 pre-Viking churches in the country. Founded around 700AD, the chancel was rebuilt in the Norman period and a tower around 1300. It overlooks the cliffs of the Durham coast.
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    Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre

    Industrial and rail
    Wheatley Hill
    Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre is small building of architectural beauty situated in Wheatley Hill cemetery. It houses a permanent exhibition of colliery village life.
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    Spennymoor Town Hall Art Gallery

    Museums and galleries
    Spennymoor
    The Gallery houses a permanent collection of art, including paintings by Norman Cornish, as well as being host to at least six exhibitions a year.
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    Dalton Park: Park

    Sightseeing and Leisure
    Seaham
    55 acres of landscaped parkland adjacent to Dalton Park Retail Outlet Centre. Three signposted trails, seating and picnic areas.
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    Crushed Chilli Gallery

    Museums and galleries
    Durham City
    Crushed Chilli Gallery is a working glass studio in the centre of Durham City owned by Stained Glass Fusion artist Janet Rogers. The Gallery showcases handmade glass and contemporary art, paintings, sculpture, furniture and ceramics.
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    Down at the Farm

    Family Fun
    Houghton-le-Spring
    Adventure and fun for everyone! Farm adventure park with lots of farm and exotic animals to meet. Lots of Play zones for everyone. Swings and slides, sandpit and play houses, Jumping pillow, Inflatable slides, Racing cars, quad bikes, barrel train.
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    Tanfield Railway

    Industrial and rail
    Tanfield
    Oldest existing railway in the world, opened 1725. Steam-hauled passenger trains, vintage carriages, 61 locomotives and steam-driven vintage workshop. Please see website for datws and operating times.
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    Thorpe Farm Centre

    Coast and countryside
    Greta Bridge
    Stylish coffee shop, food and gift shop, reclamation barn, country walks, animal paddocks and maize maze all make Thorpe Farm a great place to be, come and 'taste the country'.
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    Tweddle Children's Animal Farm

    Nature and Wildlife
    Blackhall Colliery
    A children’s farm and petting centre with a wide variety of animals to interact with and seasonal events such as bottle feeding, tractor rides, and a Santa's Grotto. Lots of additional activities on the farm such as outdoor & indoor play areas, pedal
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    Carricks Picnic Area

    Coast and countryside
    Edmundbyers
    Riverside picnic area.
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    St Helen Auckland Parish Church

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Bishop Auckland
    The 12thC church of St Helen. Daily Mass times: Sunday and Wednesday, Thursday 10:00, Monday 19:00, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 09:30.
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    Durham Castle

    Castles, Historic Houses and Gardens
    Durham City
    Durham Castle is part of the Durham City World Heritage Site. Entrance by guided tour only. Opening can vary - All enquiries re guided tours should be directed Palace Green Library. Telephone 0191 334 2932 or castle.tours@durham.ac.uk.
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    Hedleyhope Fell Nature Reserve

    Coast and countryside
    Tow Law
    A 200-acre nature reserve boasting a rich variety of plants and insects (including butterflies), birds, mammals and reptiles.
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    The Bowes Museum

    Museums and galleries
    Barnard Castle

    An iconic building and Museum set in the vibrant market town of Barnard Castle in the midst of Teesdale, housing outstanding collections of European fine and decorative art.

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    Escomb Saxon Church

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Bishop Auckland
    One of England's finest Saxon churches, Escomb dates to the 7thC and contains a Roman arch and stonework. If locked keys available from 26 Saxon Green (daily 9-6 during summer and 9-4 during winter).
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    Bowlees Visitor Centre

    Coast and countryside
    Middleton in Teesdale
    Bowlees Visitor Centre is the perfect place for finding more about the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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    Bowes Castle

    Historic sites
    Barnard Castle
    The massive ruins of Henry II's 12thC tower keep, set within the earthworks of a Roman fort guarding the strategic Stainmore Pass over the Pennines.
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    Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

    History and heritage
    Beamish
    Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish, a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside.
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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. 

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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    Krazy Kingdom

    Family Fun
    Annfield Plain
    Krazy kingdom, a funtastic soft play area for children 0-12yrs featuring soft play frames, slides, ten pin bowling, trampolines, sports arena and so much more.
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    Finchale Priory

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Durham
    The very extensive remains of a 13thC priory, founded on the site of a retired pirate's hermitage.
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    St Helen Auckland Parish Church

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Bishop Auckland
    The 12thC church of St Helen. Daily Mass times: Sunday and Wednesday, Thursday 10:00, Monday 19:00, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 09:30.
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    Thorpe Farm Centre

    Coast and countryside
    Greta Bridge
    Stylish coffee shop, food and gift shop, reclamation barn, country walks, animal paddocks and maize maze all make Thorpe Farm a great place to be, come and 'taste the country'.
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    Carricks Picnic Area

    Coast and countryside
    Edmundbyers
    Riverside picnic area.
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    Low Barns Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

    Coast and countryside
    Witton-le-Wear
    Forty hectare nature reserve with nature trail, bird hides, observatory, woodland, ponds, meadow, lake and river. Visitor centre and coffee shop.
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    Barnard Castle

    Historic sites
    Barnard Castle
    Ruined castle overlooking the River Tees with a fine great hall and a dominating round-towered keep.
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    Funshack

    Family Fun
    Seaham
    Children's indoor playcentre. Rain or shine you'll have a great time at Funshack.
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    St Andrew's Church

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Aycliffe
    Ancient ecclesiastical centre. Collection of 2 Saxon crosses dating from the 9thC, Saxon interior and Jacobean pulpit, altar, organ screen and pews.
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    Crook Hall and Gardens

    Historic sites
    Durham City
    Medieval hall with Jacobean drawing room, turret and gallery, set in 4 acres of gardens, 2 walled gardens, a maze, a silver and white garden and Shakespeare garden.
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    Causey Arch and Picnic Area

    Coast and countryside
    Stanley
    Picnic site which is home to the world’s oldest surviving single arch railway bridge.
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    Derwentcote Steel Furnace

    Industrial and rail
    Hamsterley
    Built in the 1720s, Derwentcote is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace to have survived in Britain.
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    Whitworth Hall Country Park

    Castles, Historic Houses and Gardens
    Spennymoor
    Historic parkland with resident deer, ornamental lake, children's playground and Grade II listed building.
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    Durham University Botanic Garden

    Castles, Historic Houses and Gardens
    Durham City
    Set in countryside and mature woodland. Plant collections from North America, Himalayas and China, glasshouse rainforest and desert plants. Six Colin Wilbourne sculptures in landscaped garden.
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    Durham Cathedral

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Durham City
    Thought by many to be the finest example of Norman church architecture in England, with the tombs of St Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede. Please check opening times before travelling.
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    East Durham Heritage and Lifeboat Centre

    Museums and galleries
    Seaham
    The East Durham Heritage and Lifeboat Centre displays the historic lifeboat The Gerge Elmy and gives and insight into the rich heritage of the area.
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    Prince Bishop River Cruiser and Browns Rowing Boats

    Family Fun
    Durham City
    Luxury river cruiser seating 150. One hour cruises giving views of cathedral, castle and 5 bridges. Browns Rowing Boats offer rowing boat hire from April till October. What better way to enjoy seeing historic Durham City.
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    Seaham Boat Charter

    Family Fun
    Seaham
    Departing from Seaham Marina I cruise down the Durham Heritage Coast to Crimdon. Each cruise takes approximately one hour. Maximum 9 passengers and costs £10pp if there are more than 5 passengers, otherwise it is a minimum charge of £50.
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    Low Force Waterfall

    Coast and countryside
    Barnard Castle
    Low Force waterfall is part of the River Tees in beautiful Upper Teesdale. It is easily accessible from Bowlees Visitor Centre.
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    Beamish - The Living Museum of the North: Discover a Real Taste of the Past

    Museums and galleries
    Beamish
    Taste history at Beamish! Sample traditional recipes cooked on coal-fired ranges, savour delicious fish & chips from Davy’s Fish Shop or freshly baked bread and cakes from Herron’s Bakery.
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    Auckland Castle: A Palace Fit for Kings, Built for Prince Bishops

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Bishop Auckland

    Historically the Prince Bishops' country residence, home to the Bishop of Durham. Visit St Peter's Chapel, state rooms and deer park.

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    Ruff 'N' Tumble Adventure World

    Family Fun
    Newton Aycliffe
    Ruff 'N' Tumble Adventure World provides a safe yet thrilling and exciting indoor play centre for children up to 12 years old.
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    Diggerland

    Family Fun
    Langley Park
    Diggerland is the UK’s most unique construction-themed adventure park where guests can drive, ride and operate earth-moving machinery in a safe and family friendly environment. Four parks across the UK in Devon, Durham, Kent and Yorkshire.
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    Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve

    Coast and countryside
    Peterlee
    Spectacular wooded valley leading to Durham Heritage Coast.
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    Tweddle Children's Animal Farm

    Nature and Wildlife
    Blackhall Colliery
    A children’s farm and petting centre with a wide variety of animals to interact with and seasonal events such as bottle feeding, tractor rides, and a Santa's Grotto. Lots of additional activities on the farm such as outdoor & indoor play areas, pedal
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    Weardale Museum and High House Chapel

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Ireshopeburn
    Small but fascinating volunteer run folk museum with an amazing collection including the beautiful Weardale Tapestry and the historic and High House Chapel. New display commemorating the lives of Weardale Soldiers who fought in the Great War.
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    Allensford Country Park

    Coast and countryside
    Allensford
    Picnic park in sheltered riverside setting with woodland walks, children's play park and shop. Magnificent views of the Derwent Valley only minutes from the North Pennines.
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    Old Durham Gardens

    Nature and Wildlife
    Durham
    Old Durham Gardens can be found less than a mile east of Durham City Centre. The gardens can be reached through a number of walks, including a very pleasant route through Pelaw Woods and provide a charming public space for everyone to enjoy.
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    Bowlees Visitor Centre

    Coast and countryside
    Middleton in Teesdale
    Bowlees Visitor Centre is the perfect place for finding more about the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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    The Glass and Art Gallery

    Museums and galleries
    Consett
    Featuring the work of more than 120 regional artists. A wide variety of unique works of art which include glass, ceramics, paintings, metalwork and textiles. Most of our artwork can be bought online as well as buying direct from our shop.
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    Ankers House & St Mary and St Cuthbert's Church

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Chester-le-Street
    The cathedral church and shrine of St Cuthbert from AD883 to 995 with attached anchorage containing displays on Roman, Saxon and medieval times.
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    High Force Waterfall

    Coast and countryside
    Forest in Teesdale
    High Force is the most majestic of the waterfalls on the River Tees. The falls are only a short walk from a bus stop, car park and picnic area.
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    Newbiggin Methodist Chapel

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Newbiggin
    The oldest Methodist chapel in the world in continuous use. Contains a pulpit from which John Wesley preached.
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    Broom House Forest Adventure Trail

    Coast and countryside
    Near Witton Gilbert
    Fun Adventure Farm. Woodland trails and adventure activities for all the family. Farm butchery. Coffee shop. Easter to October open weekends and school holidays.
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    Auckland Castle Deer House

    History and heritage
    Bishop Auckland
    A charming Gothic Revival 'eye catcher' built in 1760 in the park of the Bishops of Durham. It provided deer with shelter and food, and had rooms for picnics and enjoying the view.
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    Dalton Park: Park

    Sightseeing and Leisure
    Seaham
    55 acres of landscaped parkland adjacent to Dalton Park Retail Outlet Centre. Three signposted trails, seating and picnic areas.
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    NeST Art Gallery

    Museums and galleries
    Barnard Castle
    Art Gallery situated in the small market town of Barnard Castle.
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    Oriental Museum

    Museums and galleries
    Durham City
    The only museum in northern England dedicated to the art and archaeology of North Africa and Asia from prehistory to the modern day. Explore collections from ancient Egypt, India, China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.
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    Raby Castle

    History and heritage
    Staindrop
    Medieval Raby Castle, home of Lord Barnard's family since 1626, includes a 200 acre deer park, walled gardens, carriage collection, adventure playground, shop and tearoom.
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    The Bowes Museum

    Museums and galleries
    Barnard Castle

    An iconic building and Museum set in the vibrant market town of Barnard Castle in the midst of Teesdale, housing outstanding collections of European fine and decorative art.

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    St Mary the Virgin Church

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Seaham
    St Mary the Virgin is an Anglo-Saxon church listed as being 1 of 20 pre-Viking churches in the country. Founded around 700AD, the chancel was rebuilt in the Norman period and a tower around 1300. It overlooks the cliffs of the Durham coast.
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    Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

    Industrial and rail
    Shildon
    Over 60 railway vehicles from the national collection on display, special events, family activities and train rides during sceduled passenger train days.
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    Seaham Harbour Marina

    Sightseeing and Leisure
    Seaham

    Seaham Harbour Marina is County Durham’s one and only marina, offering opportunities for leisure based activities with facilities for 77 boats, slipway and retail units.

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    Escomb Saxon Church

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Bishop Auckland
    One of England's finest Saxon churches, Escomb dates to the 7thC and contains a Roman arch and stonework. If locked keys available from 26 Saxon Green (daily 9-6 during summer and 9-4 during winter).
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    Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre

    Industrial and rail
    Wheatley Hill
    Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre is small building of architectural beauty situated in Wheatley Hill cemetery. It houses a permanent exhibition of colliery village life.
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    Pow Hill Country Park

    Coast and countryside
    Edmundbyers
    A moorland country park on the banks of the Derwent Reservoir.
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    Tanfield Railway

    Industrial and rail
    Tanfield
    Oldest existing railway in the world, opened 1725. Steam-hauled passenger trains, vintage carriages, 61 locomotives and steam-driven vintage workshop. Please see website for datws and operating times.
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    Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

    History and heritage
    Beamish
    Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish, a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside.
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    World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

    Museums and galleries
    Durham City
    A free visitor centre providing an introduction to Durham World Heritage Site and what there is to see and do in and around the site. Ideal for families.
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    Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum

    Industrial and rail
    Cowshill
    Quality Assured Visitor Attraction, Park Level Mine, is a real adventure. Be a washerboy, find minerals. Woodland walks, Exhibitions, Shop and Cafe enhance your day. Excellence award by Trip Advisor 2013.
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    Mini Moos Fun Farm

    Family Fun
    Edmondsley

    Mini Moos Fun Farm has acres of fun. From all the Miniature Animals to the huge Soft Play, there is something for everyone! 

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    Derwent Walk

    Nature and Wildlife
    Consett
    A 10.5 mile former railway which is now available to pedestrians, cycles, horses and dogs. It winds up the valley from Swalwell to Consett.
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    Down at the Farm

    Family Fun
    Houghton-le-Spring
    Adventure and fun for everyone! Farm adventure park with lots of farm and exotic animals to meet. Lots of Play zones for everyone. Swings and slides, sandpit and play houses, Jumping pillow, Inflatable slides, Racing cars, quad bikes, barrel train.
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    Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens

    Nature and Wildlife
    Barnard Castle
    4.5 acres of winding paths, borders, a stream, walls and 16thC churchyard. Wide range of plants for sale, including trees, shrubs, hardy perennials and herbs.
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    St Laurence Church

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Pittington
    Believed that a wooden church existed on the site of the present church which dates from AD1000. About AD1180 the beautifully decorated north aisle arches were added.
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    Moor House - Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve

    Coast and countryside
    Forest in Teesdale
    This National Nature Reserve gives you the chance to see some of the North Pennines' most spectacular geological formations, waterfalls and panoramic views.
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    Hall Hill Farm

    Coast and countryside
    Lanchester
    Award-winning farm attraction set in attractive countryside, see and touch the animals at close quarters. Farm trailer ride, gift shop, tearoom, indoor softplay area picnic and play area.
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    North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

    Coast and countryside
    Durham
    The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of England.
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    Binchester Roman Fort

    Historic sites
    Bishop Auckland
    Remains of Commanding Officer's bath-house with one of the best preserved hypocausts in the whole of Britain.
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    DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

    Museums and galleries
    Aykley Heads
    The DLI Museum and Art Gallery tells the 200-year story of Durham's famous regiment the Durham Light Infantry. Art Gallery has changing exhibition programme. Please ring for free exhibition and events brochure.
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    The Playshack

    Family Fun
    Shildon
    Bright and spacious indoor soft play area housing multi-level play equipment and slides for children up to 12. Separate toddler area and football pitch.
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    Walworth Castle Birds of Prey

    Nature and Wildlife
    Walworth
    A fabulous falconry centre located in the grounds of Walworth castle, Walworth Castle Birds of Prey specialises in offering fantastic falconry experiences and daily flying displays. The centre is set within the stunning grounds of Walworth Castle.
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    Durham Museum and Heritage Centre

    Museums and galleries
    Durham City
    Local history museum housed in historic church near cathedral. Tells the story of Durham from 10thC to present day using displays, models and artefacts. Brass rubbing and shop.
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    Hedleyhope Fell Nature Reserve

    Coast and countryside
    Tow Law
    A 200-acre nature reserve boasting a rich variety of plants and insects (including butterflies), birds, mammals and reptiles.
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    Spennymoor Town Hall Art Gallery

    Museums and galleries
    Spennymoor
    The Gallery houses a permanent collection of art, including paintings by Norman Cornish, as well as being host to at least six exhibitions a year.
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    Fowlers Yard Creative Workspaces

    Experiences and workshops
    Durham City

    Fowlers Yard is Durham’s artistic and creative centre; it’s home to a unique collections of nine creative businesses, Leonards Coffee shop, and the City Theatre.

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    Weardale Railway

    Industrial and rail
    Stanhope
    The Weardale Railway follows the path of the River Wear and passes through the spectacular scenery of Weardale. With historic connections to the Stockton & Darlington Railway, it was once a vital link to the industrial heart of Teesside.
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    Durham Castle

    Castles, Historic Houses and Gardens
    Durham City
    Durham Castle is part of the Durham City World Heritage Site. Entrance by guided tour only. Opening can vary - All enquiries re guided tours should be directed Palace Green Library. Telephone 0191 334 2932 or castle.tours@durham.ac.uk.
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    Adventure Valley

    Family Fun
    Durham
    Discover a world of family adventures at Adventure Valley, the North East’s biggest family adventure park, with over 40 attractions, activities and shows.
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    Crushed Chilli Gallery

    Museums and galleries
    Durham City
    Crushed Chilli Gallery is a working glass studio in the centre of Durham City owned by Stained Glass Fusion artist Janet Rogers. The Gallery showcases handmade glass and contemporary art, paintings, sculpture, furniture and ceramics.
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    Bowes Castle

    Historic sites
    Barnard Castle
    The massive ruins of Henry II's 12thC tower keep, set within the earthworks of a Roman fort guarding the strategic Stainmore Pass over the Pennines.
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    Durham Heritage Coast

    Coast and countryside
    Seaham
    Experience the colourful and dramatic landscape of Durham’s Heritage Coast with its beaches, rugged cliffs and magnificent flora and fauna.
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    Rokeby Park

    Coast and countryside
    Barnard Castle
    A beautiful Palladian-style country house which was the setting for Sir Walter Scott's ballad 'Rokeby'. A unique collection of 18thC needlework and period furniture.
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    Hardwick Park

    Coast and countryside
    Sedgefield
    Recently restored 18thC park with visitor centre/cafe. Open daily.
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    Egglestone Abbey

    Cathedrals and Churches
    Barnard Castle
    Charming ruins of Premonstratensian Abbey and picnic area in a picturesque location on the River Tees.
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    Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

    Coast and countryside
    Houghton-le-Spring
    Recently restored former opencast site. Two-hundred acre nature reserve with ponds, newly planted woodland, wild flower meadows, nature trail and visitor centre.
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    The Wolfson Gallery: Living on the Hills

    Museums and galleries
    Durham
    Living on the Hills - 10,000 years of Durham. This permanent exhibition uses objects from Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore the last 10,000 years of Durham.
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    Hamsterley Forest

    Coast and countryside
    Bishop Auckland
    Information point and tearoom, cycle hire and forest drive with childrens play area. Four mile forest drive runs through the forest giving access to picnic sites along the way.
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    Bishop Auckland Town Hall

    Museums and galleries
    Bishop Auckland
    210-seater theatre and cinema, art gallery, library, tourist information and cafe/bar. Full programme of events throughout the year.
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    Durham Mining Museum

    Museums and galleries
    Spennymoor
    Small exhibits museum with underground experience for kids.
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    The Treasures of Durham University: Palace Green Library

    Museums and galleries
    Durham City
    Palace Green Library, in the heart of Durham city, holds Durham University's outstanding special collections. Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spanning millennia and the globe.
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    Bowlees Picnic Area

    Coast and countryside
    Newbiggin
    The picnic area is in a sheltered side valley of Teesdale. There are 4 waterfalls in the site and more falls alongside a footpath to Gibson's Cave.
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