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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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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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

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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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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

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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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Walk, cycle or ride through ‘the Durham Forest’

Walk, cycle or ride through ‘the Durham Forest’

Get active and get outdoors at Hamsterley Forest with 33 miles of way marked walking, cycling and horse-riding trails in striking surroundings.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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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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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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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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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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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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See world-class sport in Durham this spring bank holiday

See world-class sport in Durham this spring bank holiday

Get a warm north east welcome and see the England cricket team play once again on the ground where they dramatically clinched the Ashes in 2013.

Location: Chester-le-Street, Durham

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Set off on an electric bike adventure around the Durham Dales

Set off on an electric bike adventure around the Durham Dales

Leave the car behind and head off on an electric bike to explore the breath-taking North Pennines, discovering award-winning attractions and delicious food and drink along the way.

Location: Durham Dales

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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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Watch the sunrise over the Durham Heritage Coast

Watch the sunrise over the Durham Heritage Coast

Grab an early morning hot drink from the marina and watch the sunrise from the lively town of Seaham before setting off on a windswept walk with dramatic views.

Location: Durham Coast, Durham

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Take your senses on a trip back in time at Beamish

Take your senses on a trip back in time at Beamish

Touch, taste, hear, see and smell history on an unforgettable journey into the past at England’s largest open-air museum.

Location: Vale of Durham

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Discover a castle fit for a prince

Discover a castle fit for a prince

Explore artistic treasures in Auckland Castle, home of the Prince Bishops of Durham for 900 years, and set to host a spectacular new show from 2016.

Location: Vale of Durham, Durham

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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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Get a real taste of Durham this autumn

Get a real taste of Durham this autumn

Eateries across Durham are celebrating the very best in local produce this October, as Taste Durham month returns to make dining out even more of a treat.

Location: 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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