Flora, Fauna and a Fortress

Flora Fauna and a Fortress

Flora, Fauna and a Fortress

In Durham, historic castles and heritage attractions are intertwined with stunning flowers, ancient trees and an abundance of wildlife. From Durham City’s tranquil parks and gardens to the sweeping lawns and vast parkland in which medieval fortresses have stood for centuries. Indoors and out, whatever the season, there is something for everyone in Durham.

• Explore the magnificent Raby Castle and get up close to nature in its stunning gardens and 200-acre deer park, where herds of red and fallow deer roam freely.

The Rising, a new visitor experience opened in spring 2024. The development includes reimagined walled gardens and the new Vinery Café restaurant, a stylish recreation of the historic glass house that once stood in the same spot.

• Encounter weird and wonderful plants from around the world at Durham University’s Botanic Garden on the outskirts of Durham City. Wander along winding footpaths and discover the delights of the Alpine Garden, Winter Garden, Bamboo Grove, Woodland Garden, wildflower meadow and more.

• Relax and unwind in the wonderfully whimsical Crook Hall Gardens, a tranquil haven on the outskirts of Durham City. Walled gardens, colourful flowers, a full size maze, medieval hall and magnificent views of Durham Cathedral are just some of the delights in store.

Did you know…

The regeneration of Auckland Castle continues at The Auckland Project as three new gardens have recently opened. Connect with nature in the Wilderness Garden, pause and reflect in the Faith Garden, and meet Auckland Castle’s gardeners in the historic Walled Garden, which will feature a striking new glasshouse.

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Raby Castle and The Botanic Gardens

Tour suggestions…

Half day:
Durham Dales - Raby Castle and Gardens

Full day:
Raby Castle and Gardens
plus Durham University’s Botanic Garden
Crook Hall Gardens
Durham City - Crook Hall Gardens
plus Durham University’s Botanic Garden

Hotel suggestions…

Bowburn Hall

Durham University Accommodation

Ramside Hall Hotel

Useful information…

Coach travelling time:
Raby Castle to Durham City – 45 minutes

Sat Nav:
Bowburn Hall Hotel DH6 5NH
Crook Hall Gardens DH1 5SZ
Durham University Accommodation DH1 3LE
Botanic Garden DH1 3TN
Raby Castle DL2 3AH
Ramside Hall Hotel DH1 1TD