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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Abbey / Priory
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.
Abbey / Priory
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.