Delve into Durham’s historic treasure troves

Vale of Durham / Durham Dales

Step back in time and admire world-class art at captivating castles and manor houses across the county.

Explore breathtaking scenery in Durham and discover buildings as impressive as the exhibits within. Auckland Castle in the Vale of Durham is one of England’s most important historical buildings. The castle has been a seat of power since the Norman Conquest, and was the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham for 900 years. Now home to priceless Spanish art the castle sits within a stunning deer park in historic Bishop Auckland. Spot the deer too at 14th Century Raby Castle; one of the finest medieval castles in the country, it is inside this magnificent building that the unsuccessful Catholic Rising of the North against Elizabeth I was plotted in 1569. Explore the splendid rooms, marvel at the wonderful art collections, and don’t miss the medieval kitchen which was still in use until 1954.  Just  a short journey from Raby you will encounter the surprising sight of The Bowes Museum, a magnificent 19th Century French-style chateau home to some of the best examples of European fine and decorative art in the UK.

A short distance away, a magnificent 19th century French-style chateau awaits exploration: The Bowes Museum has some of the UK’s best European fine and decorative art, and hosts world-class exhibitions. Durham is just under 3 hours by train from London.

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Auckland Castle, Vale of DurhamAuckland Castle, Vale of Durham © Auckland Castle Trust / Visit County Durham
Zurbaran paintings at Auckland Castle, Vale of DurhamZurbaran paintings at Auckland Castle, Vale of Durham © Visit County Durham
Raby Castle, Durham DalesRaby Castle, Durham Dales © Visit County Durham
The Bowes Museum, Durham DalesThe Bowes Museum, Durham Dales © Visit County Durham
The Bowes Museum, Durham DalesThe Bowes Museum, Durham Dales © Visit County Durham

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