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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 World Heritage Site Visitor Centre to your Itinerary

    World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Durham City

    Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre


    FREE ADMISSION


    Ever wanted to know more about Durham World Heritage Site, understand its importance, and the story behind its historic buildings?


    Providing a perfect introduction to the Durham World Heritage Site for all ages, the visitor centre is...

  2. Add Thorpe Farm Centre to your Itinerary

    Thorpe Farm Centre

    Type

    Farm

    Greta Bridge

    The beginning of 2010 saw a major refurbishment at Thorpe Farm changing it into a stylish coffee shop, food and gift shop. Mixing old traditional features with new contemporary styles to create a relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy. Both for shopping and eating, it is a must for a visit.

    The...

  3. Add The Bowes Museum to your Itinerary

    The Bowes Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Barnard Castle

    The Bowes Museum is the jewel in the heart of the historic market town of Barnard Castle in the beautiful Durham countryside.


    Housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts, the Museum was purpose built in the 19thC by wealthy businessman John Bowes and his French...

  4. Add Pond Safari - Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre  to your Itinerary

    Pond Safari - Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

    Type

    Nature Reserve

    Chilton Moor, 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. There have been over 140 species of birds recorded here and the ponds are rich in wildlife. The reserve also includes disabled access, a...

  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 Broom House Forest Adventure Trail to your Itinerary

    Broom House Forest Adventure Trail

    Type

    Adventure Park / Playground

    Near Witton Gilbert

    Open farm and adventure trail. Fun for all the family. Who could believe the countryside could be so exciting! Forest Adventure is an adventure on Durham's doorstep. A maze of trails lead from tree-based challenges to hidden surprises. Enjoy the thrills of the zip wire and wizz down the giant...

  7. 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.

  8. Add Binchester Roman Fort to your Itinerary

    Binchester Roman Fort

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Bishop Auckland

    On this 1 acre site can be seen the excavated remains of part of a large Roman fort, built around AD80 and continuing in use for about 350 years. On display is a superb bath house with system providing under-floor heating and part of Dere Street, the Roman A1.


    A small town developed around...

  9. 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...

  10. 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.