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Things to Do

Things to do in Durham

Visit Durham and your days will be packed with new experiences. 

History-lovers can experience Durham’s rich heritage brought to life at award-winning attractions including Beamish Museum, Locomotion and Killhope. Step back in time and discover the treasures of the UK’s number one landmark Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site, Raby Castle and The Bowes Museum. Or enjoy family fun at Hall Hill Farm, and Adventure Valley

Take in the sights and smells of Durham’s glorious gardens, including Crook Hall and Durham University’s Botanic Garden. Escape to the peace and tranquillity of the Durham Dales incorporating Teesdale, Weardale, and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – home to Bowlees Visitor Centre and  High Force waterfall, or experience the rugged beauty of the Durham Heritage Coast. And if you long to be outdoors and active, you will find walking and cycling routes galore. 

If you crave culture, the Gala Theatre runs a year-round programme of exciting performances. Or if you prefer sports to shows, head to the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground.

Enjoy a little retail therapy in Durham City where boutiques and craft shops can be found around every corner. Durham’s market towns each have their own unique shopping experience, such as Barnard Castle with its array of antiques shops. Durham’s farmers markets showcase the best of local produce, whilst Dalton Park is a must for bargain hunters. 

And when it’s time to refuel, whether you want to relax in one of Durham’s cosy pubs with a hearty meal, enjoy a tasty tearoom treat or indulge your senses in a stylish restaurant, it’s all on the menu in Durham.

Things to Do highlights...

Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Locomotion was the first national museum to be built in the North East and opened in 2004. Sited at Shildon, the home of the first ever steam hauled passenger train which operated during the opening ceremony of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. Visitors to the museum can see...

Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Locomotion was the first national museum to be...

DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

The DLI Museum and Art Gallery has become one of...

Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum

Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum

Killhope is a multi award winning Victorian...

Hamsterley Forest

Hamsterley Forest

2000 hectares of mixed woodland lying between the...

Raby Castle

Raby Castle

The dramatic 14thC castle built by the mighty...

Gala Theatre and Cinema

Gala Theatre and Cinema

The centrepiece of Durham’s arts programme, the...