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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 amazing heritage brought to life at award-winning attractions including Beamish Museum, Locomotion and Killhope. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site, look out for deer at Raby Castle and seek out the outstanding art collections at The Bowes Museum and Auckland Castle.

Take in the sights and smells of Durham’s glorious gardens, including Crook Hall and Gardens and Durham University’s Botanic Garden in Durham City. Escape to the peace and tranquillity of the Durham Dales incorporating Teesdale, Weardale, and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – home to High Force waterfall - a magnificent sight and the perfect photo opportunity. And if you love the great outdoors, you'll find 2,000 hectares of woodland to explore at Hamsterley Forest, or experience the rugged beauty of the Durham Heritage Coast.

In Durham City, Durham University's Oriental Museum is the only Museum in the north of Britain dedicated to the art and archaeology of the Orient, the DLI Museum is one of the finest regimental Museums in the country, and Palace Green Library display their own riches, as well as world-class exhibitions.  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 or enjoy a day at the races at Sedgefield Racecourse. Plus, there are great family days out to be had across the county too, with with a range of family atractions including Hall Hill Farm and Adventure Valley.

Enjoy a little retail therapy, relax on a spa break or enjoy a guided tour. You'll never be short of things to do in Durham. 

Things to Do highlights...

Newton Aycliffe to Shildon Loop Cycle Route

Newton Aycliffe to Shildon Loop Cycle Route

Newton Aycliffe to Shildon Loop is a 16 mile easy cycle route town to town with a rural feel on the way, on-road. It is marked on the Durham County Council South Durham Cycle Map as CDS1. At Newton Aycliffe cross the A167 with great care to take the minor road over the railway then swing round...

Exhibition - 200th Anniversary Of Battle Of Waterloo at The Bowes Museum

Exhibition - 200th Anniversary Of Battle Of Waterloo at The Bowes Museum

To mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a group of volunteers and students, supported by staff at The Bowes Museum, have curated a display showing some of the Napoleon-related items in the Museum collection, contemporary and modern books about the campaigns of Napoleon and the Duke...

Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown

The oak panelled dining room offer a traditional setting in which to enjoy 2AA rosette cuisine dishes created to showcase the superb local produce and presented with contemporary flair. Alternatively, more informal food can be enjoyed in the relaxed ambience of the bar/brasserie.

Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre

Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre

Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre has a 25 metre large pool and 12.5 metre learner pool. Our swimming lesson programme gives children from the age of 3 years the opportunity to learn to swim with a progressive pathway. We also run Adult lessons and pool lifeguard courses. We have a range of...

Beamish Museum - Old King Coal

Beamish Museum - Old King Coal

As part of Beamish Museum's Great North Festival of Transport. A five day spectacular celebrating the rich mining heritage of the North East, including brass bands and banner parades.

Lambing Sunday

Lambing Sunday

Houghall Farm will once again host it's Lambing Sunday event on Sunday 20th March 2016, 11am till 3pm. Come along and meet our new arrivals along with the other farm animals, pigs and piglets, cows and calves, horses and the reptiles and small mammals in the small animal unit...

Exhibition - From Temple to Home:Celebrating Ganesha at The Bowes Museum

Exhibition - From Temple to Home:Celebrating Ganesha at The Bowes Museum

India is a land of gods and the Hinduism that originated in India is its most prominent religion. Among the many deities worshipped by the Hindus, Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, holds pride of place in the hearts of people. The celebration of Ganesha takes place in the month of...

Durham City - Haswell National Route 14 Cycle Route Map

Durham City - Haswell National Route 14 Cycle Route

Start at Territorial Lane, Durham City Centre, following to Elvet Waterside. Turn right crossing Baths Bridge and turn right again to following River (opposite to Sports Ground and Pavilion). At Old Durham Farm join NCN Route 14, continue to Dragonville passing Retail Park on left. ...

The Old Weardale Tearoom & Bakery

The Old Weardale Tearoom & Bakery

Our shop sells bread, pies, cakes, jam and locally sourced products whilst also providing an excellent take away menu. Our hot beef baps are a must, not to mention the "Weardale tattie cake"! The old fashioned waitress service tearoom serves breakfast, snacks, lunches and cream teas all...

The Teesdale Challenge Walks

The Teesdale Challenge Walks

The Teesdale Challenge Walks are a series of self guided walks throughout Upper Teesdale, they range in difficulty from easy, family orientated walks through to 19 mile hill walks. The walking challenges are split into 4 categories: Rainbow, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The walks progess in...

Finchale Abbey

Finchale 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.

Blue Plaque Trail - Barnard Castle

Blue Plaque Trail - Barnard Castle

THE BLUE PLAQUE TRAIL provides information on the people and places whose contribution to the history of Barnard Castle has been commemorated by blue plaques erected by the former Barnard Castle Urban District Council or its successor, Barnard Castle Town Council. Plaque 1 - 57...

Gala Theatre: Lunchtime Concert Series - Graeme Wilson Quartet

Gala Theatre: Lunchtime Concert Series - Graeme Wilson Quartet

This band is all about heartfelt improvisation on idiosyncratic tunes that stay with you. The quartet infuse driving jazz and Latin rhythms or ambient swing with their various enthusiasms including folk and rock ballads, free jazz and the dance floor.

Black Paw Brewery

Black Paw Brewery

Black Paw Brewery craft beer can be bought direct from the brewery in Bishop Auckland. We supply bottles, mini casks and ‘beer in the box’ to order and 9 gallon casks (72 pints), with or without bar/pump hire, for parties and events. Bottles of Bishop’s Best, Paw’s Gold, Archbishop’s...

Stanley Travel

Stanley Travel

Stanley Travel is a premier provider of a total public transport solution. Based in Stanley, County Durham, our company has been a leader in taxi, mini coach and coach transport since its establishment in 1961. Today, the business is still owned by the founder Robert Scott and his two sons...

St Johns Chapel to Edmondbyers Cycle Route

St John's Chapel to Edmundbyers Circular Cycle Route

Route: 32 miles, strenuous. 1. Begin in the Market Place, St Johns Chapel in a westerly direction follow the A689 to turn right after 3/4 mile (signed New House) immediately after Weardale Museum; 2. Climb Well Bank (steep) and Middlehope Bank to T-Junction, turning right towards Rookhope...

Heritage Coast Festival: Reach for the Beach

Heritage Coast Festival: Reach for the Beach

The first ever Heritage Coast Festival: Reach for the Beach will take place in May, celebrating the county’s fascinating coastal heritage.

Wildon Grange

Wildon Grange

Wildon Grange was set up in January 2004 by Dot and Richard Ritzema who produced their range of homemade salad dressings and marinades, chutneys and flavoured balsamic vinegars from their farmhouse kitchen in Teesdale. The business is now run by Adam Guy, a long-time family friend, who...

Newton Aycliffe to Shildon Loop Cycle Route

Newton Aycliffe to Shildon Loop Cycle Route

Newton Aycliffe to Shildon Loop is a 16 mile easy...

Exhibition - 200th Anniversary Of Battle Of Waterloo at The Bowes Museum

Exhibition - 200th Anniversary Of Battle Of Waterloo at The Bowes Museum

To mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of...

Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown

The oak panelled dining room offer a traditional...

Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre

Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre

Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre has a 25 metre...

Beamish Museum - Old King Coal

Beamish Museum - Old King Coal

As part of Beamish Museum's Great North Festival...

Lambing Sunday

Lambing Sunday

Houghall Farm will once again host it's Lambing...

Exhibition - From Temple to Home:Celebrating Ganesha at The Bowes Museum

Exhibition - From Temple to Home:Celebrating Ganesha at The Bowes Museum

India is a land of gods and the Hinduism that...

Durham City - Haswell National Route 14 Cycle Route Map

Durham City - Haswell National Route 14 Cycle Route

Start at Territorial Lane, Durham City Centre,...

The Old Weardale Tearoom & Bakery

The Old Weardale Tearoom & Bakery

Our shop sells bread, pies, cakes, jam and...

The Teesdale Challenge Walks

The Teesdale Challenge Walks

The Teesdale Challenge Walks are a series of self...

Finchale Abbey

Finchale Priory

The very extensive remains of a 13thC priory,...

Blue Plaque Trail - Barnard Castle

Blue Plaque Trail - Barnard Castle

THE BLUE PLAQUE TRAIL provides information on the...

Gala Theatre: Lunchtime Concert Series - Graeme Wilson Quartet

Gala Theatre: Lunchtime Concert Series - Graeme Wilson Quartet

This band is all about heartfelt improvisation on...

Black Paw Brewery

Black Paw Brewery

Black Paw Brewery craft beer can be bought direct...

Stanley Travel

Stanley Travel

Stanley Travel is a premier provider of a total...

St Johns Chapel to Edmondbyers Cycle Route

St John's Chapel to Edmundbyers Circular Cycle Route

Route: 32 miles, strenuous. 1. Begin in the...

Heritage Coast Festival: Reach for the Beach

Heritage Coast Festival: Reach for the Beach

The first ever Heritage Coast Festival: Reach for...

Wildon Grange

Wildon Grange

Wildon Grange was set up in January 2004 by Dot...