Durham

The grand Norman-era Durham Cathedral (which plays a role in Harry Potter), and nearby fairy-tale, turreted castle have the words 'World Heritage Site' written all over them. The majestic north east city of Durham is a historical treasure trove; castles nestle in riversides, parks thrive with deer, and living museums radiate with industrial heritage, but that’s just a taste of the best places to visit in Durham. Bring your map to visit Durham County and the North Pennines where there are miles of heather-carpeted dales to explore. And sports fans aren't short of things to do in Durham – it’s 'cricket mad', especially when The Ashes come to town.

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Discover your wild side at 'Beamish Wild' in Durham

Discover your wild side at 'Beamish Wild' in Durham

Swing from the treetops in ancient woodland, but keep your eyes on the prize as a refreshing real ale awaits in the micro-brewery & restaurant below.

Location: Vale of Durham, Durham

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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

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Follow in Gregg Wallace's foodie footsteps in Durham

Follow in Gregg Wallace's foodie footsteps in Durham

From farm shops to fine cuisine, set off on a tasty food and drink adventure and enjoy local produce galore in amazing locations in Durham.

Location: Durham

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Set off in search of sea glass on the Durham Coast

Set off in search of sea glass on the Durham Coast

Search for sea glass, walk the coastal footpath, visit the county’s only marina and enjoy dramatic views in a five-star luxury spa hotel.

Location: Seaham, Durham Coast

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Try 'Wolf Pie' on a tasty food trail in the Durham Dales

Try 'Wolf Pie' on a tasty food trail in the Durham Dales

Make The Moody Baker in Barnard Castle your first pit stop as you set off on a food trail through the breathtaking countryside of the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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Fall in love in the Durham Dales

Fall in love in the Durham Dales

Explore the rugged beauty of the Durham Dales’s rolling pastures and open moorland among the falling leaves and changing colours of the landscapes on a romantic break.

Location: Durham Dales

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Discover 2,000 years of history at Durham Cathedral

Discover 2,000 years of history at Durham Cathedral

Open Treasure is Durham Cathedral’s new world-class visitor experience, located in the most intact surviving set of medieval monastic buildings in the UK.

Location: Durham City, Durham

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Enjoy a river tour of Durham City

Enjoy a river tour of Durham City

Set off in your very own rowboat on the beautiful River Wear or enjoy a guided river cruise aboard the Prince Bishops River Cruiser.

Location: Durham City

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Follow in Ben Fogle’s footsteps on an activity break

Follow in Ben Fogle’s footsteps on an activity break

Discover Durham's great outdoors this summer and follow in the footsteps of TV's Ben Fogle.

Location: Durham

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Have an electric bike adventure in Durham Dales

Have an electric bike adventure in Durham Dales

Let the chain take the strain as you explore the North Pennines, finding top-class attractions, breathtaking landscapes and delicious food and drink.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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Join in the fun at an eclectic summer festival

Join in the fun at an eclectic summer festival

Stockton International Riverside Festival is four days of street theatre, circus, dance, music and more to inspire, entertain and make you laugh.

Location: Stockton-on-Tees

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Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

Experience the timeless beauty of Durham City as you explore the traditional Durham Christmas festival this winter.

Location: Durham City, Durham

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Retrace Turner's footsteps in Durham

Retrace Turner's footsteps in Durham

Durham’s landscapes and iconic buildings have inspired several of England’s great artists and writers, including the master painter JMW Turner.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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Sit in Harry Potter's classroom at Durham Cathedral

Sit in Harry Potter's classroom at Durham Cathedral

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry came to life via a number of locations across the UK, one of which was the awe-inspiring Durham Cathedral.

Location: Durham City, Durham

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Uncover a jewel for art lovers in the Durham Dales

Uncover a jewel for art lovers in the Durham Dales

Fall for the romantic charms of The Bowes Museum’s amazing art, quirky curiosities and fabulous contemporary exhibitions.

Location: Durham Dales

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Embark on a two-night classic car break in the Durham Dales

Embark on a two-night classic car break in the Durham Dales

Combine a luxurious stay at Headlam Hall with the use of a superb Jaguar E-type and a luxury picnic hamper with which to explore the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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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

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Peep into Durham’s locomotive past

Peep into Durham’s locomotive past

Discover Durham’s role in the development of the railways at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Location: Vale of Durham

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Delve into Durham’s historic treasure troves

Delve into Durham’s historic treasure troves

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

Location: Vale of Durham / Durham Dales

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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 City

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