From coast to countryside, and everywhere in-between, Durham is filled with many instagrammable beauty spots, locations and attractions. 

To help inspire you, we've narrowed down a list of 10 'gram-worthy beauty spots and places which will truly make your Instagram stand out from the crowd.

If there was an Instagram bucket list, we'd definitely be adding these spots from across the county!  Share your instagram snaps with us by tagging @thisisdurham and using the hashtag #LoveDurham 

Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve

Experience the ‘the wildwood’ that once covered much of Britain as you explore Castle Eden Dene on the Durham Heritage Coast. Follow the winding woodland trail amongst majestic yew trees, ancient oaks, and rocky outcrops. You’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from civilisation!

Cow Green Reservoir and Cauldron Snout 

Be blown away by the incredible views of the surrounding North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark  as you follow the peaceful moorland walk past the mighty reservoir dam to Cauldron Snout waterfall, a real hidden gem of the Durham Dales.

Derwent Waterside Park

A haven for nature enthusiasts – Derwent Waterside Park is a great place for relaxing walks or bike rides with beautiful views along the reservoir edge, see what local wildlife you can spot or as night falls sit back and be amazed by some of the darkest skies in England. 

Durham City 

Around every corner of historic Durham City you’ll find incredible photo opportunities! From the mighty Durham Cathedral which is part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and bustling marketplace, to scenic riverside walks, hidden passageways and peaceful parks with breathtaking views of the city below. 

Hamsterley Forest

There's so much to discover as you explore the 2000 hectare Hamsterley Forest. Follow woodland trails through ancient oak woodland - perfect for pooches, children and even horses! and there's plenty of exhilarating mountain bike trails for those action shots! 

Hardwick Park 

With the changing seasons comes lots of opportunities to see a different side of this traditional country park – from the falling leaves of autumn, to the beautiful colours of spring and frosty winter wonderland. No matter what time of year you visit, Hardwick Park is a great place to take some pretty awesome pictures. 

High Force Waterfall

Without a doubt, High Force Waterfall is one of the most photographed beauty spots in the whole of Durham! A definite must-visit for anyone heading to the Durham Dales – whether you view it from the cliff top walk or down below from the woodland trail you won’t want to miss striking a pose in front of this natural beauty.

Nose’s Point and Blast Beach 

Nose’s Point has been transformed from the bleak industrial landscape it once was to one of the most stunning gateway sites on the Durham Heritage Coast. From breathtaking clifftop walks and beautiful wildflower meadows, to curious sea caves and the other-worldly Blast Beach (which provided the background for the opening scenes of Alien 3) – there’s lots of unmissable photo opps along this stretch of coast. 

Raby Castle and Deer Park 

The 600 year old Raby Castle is one of the finest and best-preserved medieval castles you’ll find across England. The magnificent castle provides the perfect selfie background or explore the surrounding 200 acre deer park and see how many of the resident wildlife you can grab a snap of. 

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