Start your journey in the vibrant market town of Barnard Castle, experiencing true 19th century elegance at The Bowes Museum. A real jewel in the heart of historic Barnard Castle, this exceptional building is a purpose built museum by wealthy businessman John Bowes and his wife, Josephine and it opened its doors in 1892. Today, the museum houses some of their most precious, original collections in addition to a wide range of world-class exhibitions for all ages.
Unlocking the history of a city is all part of its treasure, so what better way to unearth the story of Durham than with an epic, open air performance at Kynren? Kynren – an epic tale of England is a live action extravaganza that takes you on a journey through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend. With a cast and crew of 1,000 performing alongside the animals of Kynren, the scale of the show must be seen to be believed.
Rest your head in the historic 18th century splendour at The Rose & Crown. The cosy inn stands next to the Saxon church in the picturesque village of Romaldkirk near Barnard Castle amidst the stunning countryside of Teesdale where the Durham and Yorkshire dales meet in spectacular rural landscapes.
Experience history in authentic style by hiring a classic car from The Rose & Crown. They’ll kindly send you on your way with a gourmet picnic packed full of Taste Durham produce to enjoy as you navigate your way around the sweeping valleys of Teesdale. Don’t miss the historic ruins of Egglestone Abbey in Barnard Castle and take a stroll around the luscious greenery of Hamsterley Forest.
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