Treasure Troves

Treasure Troves

Treasure Troves

Durham’s stunning landscapes are dotted with cultural treasures and hidden gems. Whether it’s the unexpected delight of a 19th century French-style building on the outskirts of a rural market town, Egyptian mummies in the heart of a cathedral city, prepare to be amazed.

• Immerse yourself in the Spanish Golden Age at The Spanish Gallery, part of The Auckland Project and the UK’s first gallery dedicated to the art, history and culture of Spain. Works by El Greco, Valazquez and Murillo are just some of the masterpieces on show.

• Marvel at Chinese porcelain, a Japanese samurai suit, ancient Egyptian mummies and more at Durham University’s Oriental Museum – the only museum in the North of England devoted to the art and archaeology of Northern Africa and Asia.

• Be amazed by the sight of The Bowes Museum, a magnificent 19th century building as impressive as the internationally significant collections of fine and decorative art within.

• Get up close to rare and extraordinary relics from the tomb of Saint Cuthbert at Durham Cathedral Museum, located within the cathedral’s former monastery.

Did you know…

The famous Sanctuary Ring on the North Door of Durham Cathedral offered temporary refuge of 37 days to fugitives seeking justice. The original ring can be found in Durham Cathedral Museum.

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Tour suggestions…

Half day:
Durham City – Durham University’s Oriental Museum

Durham Dales – The Bowes Museum

Full day:
The Spanish Gallery plus The Bowes Museum
Durham Cathedral and Museum
plus Durham University’s Oriental Museum

Hotel suggestions…

Hardwick Hall Hotel

Lumley Castle Hotel

Radisson Blu Durham

Useful information…

Coach travel time:
The Spanish Gallery to The Bowes Museum – 25 minutes

Sat Nav:
Durham City DH1 5TA
(Framwellgate Waterside - Cathedral bus 40A
operates from/to the coach bays)
Oriental Museum DH1 3TH
Hardwick Hall Hotel TS21 2EH
Lumley Castle Hotel DH3 4NX
Radisson Blu Durham DH1 5TA
The Bowes Museum DL12 8NP
The Spanish Gallery DL14 7PG