Peace and Tranquility

Recognised as one of the most peaceful places in the UK, Durham boasts miles of unspoilt countryside, stunning coastline and hidden gems in the hearts of our historic city and towns. Enjoy the tranquillity of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty a European and UNESCO Global Geopark, which incorporates much of the Durham Dales, and is a stunning landscape of open heather moors, dramatic dales, tumbling upland rivers, glorious waterfalls, colourful hay meadows, stone-built villages, and intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past.

The rich and varied habitat also makes the North Pennines a haven for distinctive plants, wildlife and bird watching. As well as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the North Pennines is also a European and Global Geopark - a UNESCO-endorsed accolade awarded to areas with world-class geology. Plus, don’t miss High Force, one of England’s most spectacular waterfalls and an ideal photo opportunity.

With dramatic and far-reaching views, filled with the environmental splendours of a dynamic coastline, Durham Heritage Coast is waiting to be explored. Internationally recognised for its rare plants and wildlife, the coastal path runs along much of its length.  It leads visitors through a wonderful mosaic of natural, historical and geological interest, across beautiful beaches, rugged cliffs and imposing headlands, offering spectacular views across the North Sea along the way.

In Durham City, escape to one of the many green spaces including medieval Crook Hall and Gardens, where you can enjoy a quintessentially English experience amongst glorious surroundings, while Durham University’s Botanic Garden is a delight throughout the seasons. Walkers can enjoy a gentle stroll along the city’s riverbanks and enjoy superb views of ‘Britain’s Best Loved Building’ Durham Cathedral, or stroll through the historic parkland and admire the natural beauty of Hardwick Park in the Vale of Durham.

Discover more of Durham's great outdoors and find walking and cycling routes galore here.

And there’s no better way to enjoy peace and tranquillity than a relaxing spa break. Durham has a host of luxury spa hotels which promise to help you unwind and escape from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. Visit our spa breaks page for our top picks.

Leave behind the stress of everyday life - visit Durham

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