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deer park auckland castle county durham Auckland Castle Deer House and Park, Bishop AucklandAuckland Castle commands a prominent position overlooking the River Wear, surrounded by formal gardens and 150 acres of idyllic parkland. The highlight is a Deer House built in 1760 in Gothic Revival style constructed as a folly to provide shelter.

Binchester HypocaustBinchester Roman Fort, BinchesterRemains of Commandant's house and neighbouring bath-house containing one of the best preserved examples of a hypocaust (underfloor heating system) in the whole of Britain.

Durham Castle ToursDurham Castle Tours - closed until early 2021, Durham CityDurham Castle is part of the Durham City World Heritage Site. Entrance by guided tour only. Opening can vary - All enquiries re guided tours should be directed Palace Green Library. Telephone 0191 334 2932 or castle.tours@durham.ac.uk.

Durham Cathedral riverside walksDurham Cathedral, Durham CityThought by many to be the finest example of Norman church architecture in England, with the tombs of St Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede. Please check opening times before travelling.

Escomb Saxon ChurchEscomb Saxon Church, Escomb**Exterior Viewing only until further notice** One of England's finest Saxon churches, Escomb dates to the 7thC and contains a Roman arch and stonework. If locked keys available from 28 Saxon Green (daily 9-6 during summer and 9-4 during winter).

World Heritage Site Visitor CentreWorld Heritage Site Visitor Centre - Closed until early 2021, Durham CityA free visitor centre providing an introduction to Durham World Heritage Site and what there is to see and do in and around the site. Ideal for families.

Free Open Treasure entry to lottery ticket holdersOpen Treasure at Durham Cathedral - temporarily closed, Durham CityOpen Treasure is an award-winning museum for all ages which guides visitors through some of Durham Cathedral’s most spectacular spaces, including the fourteenth-century Monks’ Dormitory and the monastic Great Kitchen.

Mining Art Gallery - The Auckland Project - to reopen June 2021, Bishop AucklandWith three permanent rooms and one temporary exhibition space on the ground floor, the gallery explores working life in the coal mines through original artefacts and artworks by prominent mining artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish.

Palace Green Library DurhamPalace Green Library - closed to walk-in visitors until early 2021, Durham CityPalace Green Library, in the heart of Durham city, holds Durham University's special collections. Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spanning millennia and the globe.

The Auckland Project - Auckland Tower: The Auckland Project: to reopen June 2021, Bishop AucklandYour visit to The Auckland Project begins at Auckland Tower, where you can find all the information you need to explore the castle, grounds and local area. Here you will buy entry tickets, collect guidebooks and maps, get directions, and learn about special seasonal events and activities.

st oswalds church St. Oswald's Church, Durham CitySt Oswald’s is an Anglican church in the centre of the beautiful university and cathedral city of Durham.

Auckland Castle chapel county durham Auckland Castle - The Auckland Project: to reopen June 2021, Bishop Auckland900-year-old Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland is once again open to visitors, following a three-year conservation programme led by regeneration charity and visitor destination, The Auckland Project.

St Mary’s Well, GainfordSt Mary's Church dates from the 13th Century. The Church is a Grade I listed building and stands on the site of an early 8th century Anglo-Saxon monastery. Next to the church is a Holy Well or Sacred Spring. A flowing spring comes from the old wall and fills a trough just below the church, which…

Etherley Incline, Northern Terminus of the Stockton-Darlington Railway, Bishop AucklandThe Etherley Incline was a railway incline on the Stockton & Darlington Railway, which opened in 1825. Distribution of coal from the Witton Park Colliery was undertaken by horse and cart, but due to volume and costs a new transport solution was required. George Stephenson was contracted to build a…

Gainford Spa, GainfordA hidden natural fountain with supposedly healing water that tastes like rotten eggs. This mineral spring can be found in Gainford. With a very high sulphur content the gases omit a foul bad egg smell which may put you off tasting it, but as soon as the smell clears the water appear fresh and cold.

Sunderland Bridge, SunderlandSunderland Bridge dates back to the 14th century and the woodland clustered around it is majestic. It is built of dressed sandstone with four semicircular arches. The bridge has undergone several rebuilds, with the end arches being rebuilt in 1770, the parapets widened in 1822, and new end walls…

St Mary's Church GainfordSt Mary's Church, GainfordSt Mary’s Church is a grade 1 listed building, founded on a monastery and dates from the 8th century. It was re-modelled and extended in 13th century and still retains many features from that period.

Mountyjoy, Durham CityRewarding climb to see Durham spread-eagled spectacularly below.

West Auckland, West AucklandLocated in County Durham, to the west of Bishop Auckland, West Auckland is famous for having one of the largest village greens in the country, lined with 17th and 18th century buildings. The village also very proudly produced the legendary football team who became the first world cup winners!

Prebends BridgePrebends Bridge, Durham CityPrebends Bridge, created by George Nicholson and completed in 1778, is one of three historic stone-arched bridges that cross the River Wear in Durham City.

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    St Mary’s Well

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  3. Gainford Spa

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