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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Castle / Fort
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 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 Coutry Life as having ‘history, romance and...
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...
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.
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...
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre
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...
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. ...
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.
Historic House / Palace
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...
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....