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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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...
Parkland / Woodland Garden
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....
Castle / Fort
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...
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...
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.
Country / Royal Park
Historic parkland (73 acres) 7 miles from Durham, former home of the Shafto family, including Bonny Bobbie Shafto, for over 300 years.
Hand-feed the resident fallow deer, wander around the ornamental lake with waterfowl and coarse fishing, woodland walkand, outdoor children's play area. ...
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 on the...
Castle / Fort
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...
Castle / Fort
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.
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...