Durham’s landscapes and iconic buildings have inspired several of England’s great artists and writers, including the master painter JMW Turner.
19th century painter JMW Turner returned to Durham time and again to paint many of the beauty spots in the Durham Dales. It’s not hard to see why – the scenery is striking and the area’s light and atmosphere inspiring.
Follow in the artist’s footsteps to High Force waterfall and explore the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where he toured as a painter. South-west of Durham City, Raby Castle – one of England’s finest medieval castles – was another of Turner’s favourite spots, and The Bowes Museum has four of his works on display.
The area is known for its welcoming country pubs, so round out your cultural excursion with some real English food and drink by a roaring fire. Durham is just under 3 hours by train from London.