Durham's stunning countryside and coast are home to many exciting attractions. Plus, explore Durham's collection of country parks, with their riverside walks and peaceful places.
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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 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...
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...
Welcome to Mini and Maxi Moos Adventure Farm, the premier family attraction in the North East of England.
Part theme park, part petting farm, Mini and Maxi Moos Adventure Farm is a fantastic attraction from the whole family no matter what the weather.
Set in the beautiful countryside of...
2000 hectares of mixed woodland lying between the Wear and Tees valleys on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hamsterley is a delightful oasis of broadleaved and coniferous woodland, sprawling along the sides of a sheltered valley. Visitors to Hamsterley have no...
Award-winning farm attraction offering family fun. Set in attractive countryside with opportunity to see and touch animals at close quarters. Farm trailer ride, barrel train, gift shop, tearoom, picnic and indoor and outdoor play areas. Wide variety of animals both large and small, from chicks,...
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...
There are four small waterfalls and a riverside footpath leading to Summerhill Force and Gibson’s Cave; named after a 16th century outlaw who lived behind the waterfall to stay hidden from the law. There are plenty of places to sit in quiet contemplation surrounded by the sound of cascading water....
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 Country Life as having ‘history, romance and...