Things To Do

Visit Durham City and take in the breathtaking Durham Cathedral and Castle – a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and don’t miss Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s new world-class exhibition experience. Delve further into the county’s past at amazing attractions including Beamish Museum and Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon in the Vale of Durham, and Killhope in the Durham Dales. And if you’re a culture vulture then seek out the fantastic fine and decorative art collections inside The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

If you prefer the outdoors then you’ll find breathtaking views and walking and cycling routes galore amongst Durham’s stunning countryside and coastal areas. Explore the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a picture-perfect landscape of moors, hills, valleys and rivers – and home to High Force – one of England’s most impressive waterfalls. Or pack your hiking boots and head to the Durham Coast for dramatic sea views along the coastal footpath.


Walking and Cycling

Gardens, Forests and Parks

  • Low Barns Nature Reserve and Visitors Centre – Whitton le Wear
  • Wharton Park – Durham City
  • Botanic Gardens – Durham City
  • Crook Hall and Gardens – Durham City
  • Harperley Hall Farm – Stanley
  • Hardwick Park – Sedgefield
  • Hamsterley Forest

Castles and Historic Places

  • Raby Castle
  • Auckland Castle Deer House and Park
  • Lumley Castle
  • Weardale Museum and High House Chapel
  • Crook Hall and Gardens
  • Eggleston Abbey
  • Killhope Victorian Lead Mining Museum
  • Escomb Saxon Church
  • Eggleston Hall

Places of Interest

  • Historic Staindrop - View Pdf
  • Bowes Museum – Barnard Castle
  • Low Force Waterfall – Teesdale
  • Bowlees Visitors Centre – Bowlees
  • High Force Waterfall – Teesdale
  • Bowes Castle - Bowes
  • Barnard Castle – Barnard Castle
  • The Whitham – Barnard Castle
  • Weardale Museum
  • Tees Barrage – Stockton on Tees
  • Oriental Museum – Durham City
  • Tanfield Railway – Tanfield
  • Beamish Museum
  • Locomotion – Shildon
  • Durham Cathedral – Durham City

Annual Events

Kynren – An Epic Tale of England – June to September –
The UK’s ‘must see’ spectacular live action show – Bishop Auckland

Food Festival – Bishop Auckland – April –

Events in Scarth Hall - Standrop -

Events at Raby Castle - Staindrop -

Events at The Witham - Barnard Castle -

Activities at Hamsterley Forest - Hamsterley -