With so many incredible attractions, amazing activities and exciting exhibitions to visit across the county, there's only one thing to do... stay a little longer and experience all this unique county has to offer. 

family activities to enjoy at Beamish Museum

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Experience what everyday life was like for the people of past as you step back in time at Beamish Museum. Ride on a steam train and go underground at a real coal mine. Visit the NHS clinic at the newly opened 1950s Welfare Hall, or brave a visit to the 1900s dentist's surgery.

Durham Cathedral in County Durham

Durham Cathedral

Take on the 325 steps to the top of the recently re-opened Durham Cathedral Central Tower for breathtaking views across the UNESCO Heritage Site and beyond. See if you can spot the filming locations used for Harry Potter and The Avengers on a guided tour, and be amazed at Open Treasure, an exceptional exhibition which brings the history of Durham Cathedral to life. 

Durham University attractions include Oriental Museum, Durham Castle and Botanic Garden

Durham University Attractions

Delve into Durham's fascinating history at one of Durham University's amazing attractions. Discover Durham University's amazing collections including the very pecial DLI collection at Palace Green Library and listen to fascinating stories during a tour of Durham Castle. View world-class artefacts from the far east at the Oriental Museum. Admire plant life from across the globe as you wander through the 10 hectare Botanic Garden.

Locomotion railway museum in Shildon, County Durham


Discover the county’s role in the development of the railways at Locomotion, located in Shildon the world's first railway town. Journey through 1,000 years of history, art and culture at The Auckland Project. Throughout the year visitors can see highlights from the national railway collection and enjoy an exciting range of events, every train lover will go loco for! 

Raby Castle in Staindrop, County Durham

Raby Castle

Explore Raby Castle in the Durham Dales, one of England's finest and best preserved medieval castles. Inside and outside the castle grounds there's so much waiting to be explored. Follow the trail the medieval walled gardens, take a bike ride around the 200 acre deer park, go wildlife spotting, take a guided castle tour and more. 

The Auckland Project attractions include the mining art gallery, auckland castle and deer park

The Auckland Project

Journey through 1,000 years of history, art and culture at The Auckland Project. Explore several fascinating attractions all in the heart of Bishop Auckland. Enjoy a stroll through the 150 acre ancient Deer Park, visit the Mining Art Gallery – the permanent home for more than 400 works by mining artists including Norman Cornish, see masterpieces in the newly opened Bishop Trevor Gallery and  enjoy stunning views from the top of Auckland Tower. 

Save the date - Auckland Castle, the 900-year-old former home of the Prince Bishops of Durham will once again welcome visitors from 2 November 2019 after multi-million pound conservation work is complete.

The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham

The Bowes Museum

Explore internationally significant collections of fine and decorative art, in themed galleries and ever changing exhibitions. including Lego®: Rebuilding The Bowes Museum, where you can let your imagination run wild. Uncover the love story of John and Josephine - the museum's founders,  marvel at fascinating objects and enjoy an exciting  events, guided tours and gallery talks. 

With so many exciting experiences to be had and so much to explore, click here to start planning your amazing getaway in Durham >>

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