County Durham

Discover secret woodland walks leading to thundering waterfalls, hilltop castles and Roman forts in County Durham. Make a pilgrimage to the northeast's own World Heritage site and marvel at Durham Cathedral in all its Norman glory. The 325-step climb is worth the effort for views across the River Wear and hilly Durham Dales. Lace up your hiking boots to tramp the lush grassland and heathland along the Durham Heritage Coast. Look out for merlin and mini birds of prey. Mountain bikers can tackle rugged off-road trails under the shady canopy in Hamsterley Forest.

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Spot the wildlife on a family bike ride in Hamsterley Forest

Spot the wildlife on a family bike ride in Hamsterley Forest

Explore the forest on a fun family bike ride, and see if you can spot the grey squirrels.

Location: Durham Dales

Cycling
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Feel the force of nature on a picnic at High Force

Feel the force of nature on a picnic at High Force

Enjoy a woodland walk, and then relax with a picnic on the rocks as you enjoy the stunning backdrop of one of the best waterfalls in England.

Location: Durham Dales

Low cost
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Barnard Castle in the Durham Dales

Barnard Castle in the Durham Dales

A walking architectural history lesson.

Location: Barnard Castle, Durham Dales

Castles and Historic Properties
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Spot rare plants and wildlife on the Durham Heritage Coast

Spot rare plants and wildlife on the Durham Heritage Coast

Explore the colourful and dramatic landscape of the Durham Heritage Coast with its beaches, rugged cliffs and imposing headlands.

Location: Durham Coast

Beaches
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Revel in pageantry at the Henley of the north

Revel in pageantry at the Henley of the north

There's nothing weary about the Wear, at northeast England's premier rowing event.

Location: River Wear, Durham

City
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Discover Durham’s heritage at Beamish Museum

Discover Durham’s heritage at Beamish Museum

At Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, you can touch, taste, smell, see and hear history.

Location: Vale of Durham

Historic sites and icons
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Durham Cathedral Tower

Durham Cathedral Tower

Be warned: it's a breath-taking 355 steps to the top but well worth the spectacular views.

Location: Durham City

Military history
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Enjoy family fun in the forest

Enjoy family fun in the forest

Enjoy a family trip to Hamsterley Forest for walking and cycling routes, horse riding trails, picnic sites and an adventure play park.

Location: Durham Dales

Walking and hiking
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Ride the red cycle trail at Hamsterley Forest

Ride the red cycle trail at Hamsterley Forest

Experience superb views across the Durham Dales as you ride the red cycle route at Durham's biggest forest.

Location: Durham Dales

Cycling
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Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Spot red squirrels, adders and bog plants at Derwent Reservoir and Pow Hill Country Park in the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

Walking and hiking
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Get your ice cream with a slice of American Pie

Get your ice cream with a slice of American Pie

Durham's first and only 1950s American-themed ice cream parlour is a real sweet treat.

Location: Seaham, Durham

Eating out
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Try some real English food in the heart of Durham

Try some real English food in the heart of Durham

Local cheese and meat lovers rejoice! There's plenty of local fare at this noted eatery.

Location: Durham

Eating out
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Put your cycling skills to the test at Hamsterley Forest

Put your cycling skills to the test at Hamsterley Forest

Grab your bike and take on ‘The Loop’ - a circuit which includes features such as rock gardens and obstacles along the way.

Location: Durham Dales

Cycling
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Discover fine art in the Durham countryside at The Bowes Museum

Discover fine art in the Durham countryside at The Bowes Museum

Discover internationally significant collections of art at a magnificent French-style château nestled amongst the breathtaking countryside of the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Discover medieval walled gardens at Raby Castle

Discover medieval walled gardens at Raby Castle

Visit one of England’s finest medieval castles, and explore the medieval walled gardens and 200 acre deer park.

Location: Durham Dales

Castles and Historic Properties
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Take a walk around Low and High Force Waterfalls

Take a walk around Low and High Force Waterfalls

Experience the sights of the Low and High Force Waterfalls, and discover the breath-taking landscapes of the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

Walking and hiking
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Seasonal wine and menu tasting at Finbarr’s

Seasonal wine and menu tasting at Finbarr’s

Try a bit of everything at one of the northeast's best-loved eateries.

Location: Durham

Food and Drink

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