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Castles, Historic Houses and Gardens

Things to do in Durham Castles, Historic House and Gardens

Durham's castles and historic houses are filled with dazzling art and furniture collections - not to mention swashbuckling legends and the odd ghost or two. Discover Auckland Castle, steeped in history and surrounded by the Bishop’s Deer Park, within 800 acres of picturesque parkland. Explore the medieval kitchens at Raby Castle, take in the stunning surroundings of Durham Castle's Norman Chapel, experience the atmospheric ruins of Barnard Castle or escape to the sanctuary of Crook Hall and Gardens and Durham University's Botanic Garden.

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  1. Add Raby Castle to your Itinerary

    Raby Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Staindrop

    The dramatic 14thC castle built by the mighty Nevilles has been home to Lord Barnard's family since 1626.


    In the well-preserved halls and chambers history comes vibrantly to life. Throughout the castle the rooms display fine furniture, impressive artwork and elaborate architecture.


    Visitors...

  2. Add Crook Hall and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Crook Hall and Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Durham City

    Visitors from all over the world come to share the magic of 13th Century Crook Hall and its idyllic English gardens.


    Soak up the atmosphere over a home made cream tea in the pretty courtyard.


    A short walk from the Cathedral and described in Country Life as having ‘history, romance and...

  3. Add Auckland Castle to your Itinerary

    Auckland Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Bishop Auckland

    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...

  4. Add Finchale Priory to your Itinerary

    Finchale Priory

    Type

    Abbey / Priory

    Durham

    The very extensive remains of a 13thC priory, founded on the site of a retired pirate's hermitage. Part of it later served as a holiday retreat for the monks of Durham Cathedral. Beautifully sited by the River Wear, it can be reached from Durham via a delightful riverside and woodland walk.

  5. Add Derwentcote Steel Furnace to your Itinerary

    Derwentcote Steel Furnace

    Type

    Industrial Archaeology

    Hamsterley Colliery

    Built in the 1720s, Derwentcote is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. It produced high grade steel for springs and cutting tools.

  6. Add Bowes Castle to your Itinerary

    Bowes Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    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.

  7. Add Barnard Castle to your Itinerary

    Barnard Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Barnard Castle

    Ruined castle overlooking the River Tees. Remains include 14thC great hall, 3-storey keep and circular round tower which inspired Sir Walter Scott (Rokeby).


    Set on a high rock above the River Tees, imposing Barnard Castle was the stronghold of the Balliol family. Taking its name from Bernard...

  8. Add Egglestone Abbey to your Itinerary

    Egglestone Abbey

    Type

    Abbey / Priory

    Barnard Castle

    The charming ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white canons', picturesquely set above a bend in the River Tees near Barnard Castle. Remains include much of the 13thC church and a range of living quarters, with traces of their ingenious toilet drainage system.

  9. Add Auckland Castle Deer House to your Itinerary

    Auckland Castle Deer House

    Type

    Historic Site

    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.

  10. Add Durham University Botanic Garden to your Itinerary

    Durham University Botanic Garden

    Type

    Botanic Garden

    Durham City

    Don't miss all that the Botanic Garden has to offer, attractions that appeal to young and old alike. Wander through the Alpine Garden, Winter Garden, Bamboo Grove and our recently developed Woodland Garden and wild flower meadow. With many places to just sit and muse, view the Modern Art or watch...