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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 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...

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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....