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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 Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve to your Itinerary

    Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Reserve

    Peterlee

    At least 12 miles of walks through a wooded valley owned and managed for the benefit of wildlife by Natural England. Parts of the reserve remain almost unaltered by man since the Ice Age. Abundant wild flowers and woodland birds include the Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch.


    The reserve...

  2. Add Rokeby Park to your Itinerary

    Rokeby Park

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Barnard Castle

    Rokeby was designed by the talented amateur architect Sir Thomas Robinson, around 1730. It is an important early example of the (then) new Palladian style but unlike the conventional formula, at Rokeby the pavilions are placed en echelon. Among features of particular interest is the wide use of...

  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 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...

  5. 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...

  6. Add Durham Castle to your Itinerary

    Durham Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Durham City

    Durham Castle, together with the Cathedral, was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site in 1986 providing international recognition for this unique, historic and scenic site. Standing side by side on a prominent hill top site and encircled by the wooded slopes of the meandering River Wear, the...

  7. Add Hardwick Park to your Itinerary

    Hardwick Park

    Type

    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Sedgefield

    Now a VisitEngland accredited attraction, Hardwick Park is a great place to visit. Stroll through the historic parkland admiring the natural beauty of the lake, woodland and wildlife.


    No visit would be complete withouth calling in to our visitor centre and cafe.


    Open from 0700-dusk....

  8. Add Old Durham Gardens to your Itinerary

    Old Durham Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Durham

    Old Durham Gardens can be found less than a mile east of Durham City Centre.


    The 17th century restored gardens provide a charming public space for everyone to enjoy and can be reached through a number of walks along the river, including a very pleasant route through Pelaw Woods and provide a...

  9. 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...

  10. Add Binchester Roman Fort to your Itinerary

    Binchester Roman Fort

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Near 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...