Places to visit in 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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Sampling England’s national dish in historic Whitby

The traditional taste of fish and chips still comes out on top in the picturesque seaside town of Whitby.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

 

October events: Get the giggles at the Halifax Comedy Festival

See rising talent and stand-up greats at the Halifax Comedy Festival.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

 

Enjoy a weekend break in picturesque Helmsley

For a National Park town known historically for its castle and market, Helmsley these days is more about makeovers, macchiatos and boutique beds.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

 

Go under the sea at The Deep Aquarium

Get out of the rain and head... into the water? This underwater world features Europe's deepest viewing tunnel, offering unparalleled views of exotic fish, sharks and other sea creatures.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

 

Taste fresh seafood fished straight out of the harbour

Overlooking Scarborough’s harbour, this spacious restaurant serves the very best seafood dishes and the finest fish and chips on the seafront.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Learn about lively Huddersfield on a walking trail

Immerse yourself in this creative town, rich in culture, stories, international food and heritage. Grab a free walking trail and off you go!

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

 

Explore, learn and discover on the Dinosaur Coast

Find your own fossils and discover what it was like to live 180 million years ago.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Stay in a quintessentially English village

The rural beauty of idyllic Bradfield – complete with a medieval church, Norman castle and cosy pubs – will take your breath away.

Location: Bradfield, South Yorkshire

 

August events: Be bowled over by the Scarborough Cricket Festival

The annual festival is one of the most historic sporting events in the world and has played host to some great cricketers over the years.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

Celebrate 200 of the world’s greatest artists at 4 leading arts venues in Yorkshire.

Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire

 

Enjoy romance and relaxation at Brocco on the Park

Enter an oasis of calm with luxurious surroundings, great views and a very special terrace restaurant at Brocco on the Park.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

 

Escape on a seaside holiday where the beach is never far away

Explore the magnificent Yorkshire coastline, just a stone’s throw away from the Flower of May Holiday Park with its gold-standard caravans.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Discover ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in Yorkshire

Tour Yorkshire writer and vet James Herriot's original home, recreated to look just as it did in the 1940s, in the picturesque town of Thirsk.

Location: Thirsk, North Yorkshire

 

See the last operating Vulcan bomber in flight

Aviation fans won’t want to miss the Vulcan Experience, a chance to see the world’s last flying Vulcan bomber, here at its original home.

Location: Robin Hood Airport, South Yorkshire

 

Savour family fun in sandy Scarborough

If you’re looking for good old-fashioned fun that's easy on the wallet, you might want to consider Scarborough beach, also known as the “St Tropez of the North”.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

View Hull from above from the iconic Humber Bridge

The world’s longest single-span suspension bridge when it opened in 1981, the Humber Bridge is an impressive sight that includes its own country park.

Location: Hull, East Yorkshire

 

Take a brisk winter walk and curl up in a cosy pub

Wrap up for a winter stroll, warm up in front of a real fire, have a great meal and then admire the starry skies.

Location: Appletreewick, Yorkshire Dales National Park

 

Fall in love with historic houses and gardens

Be warned! After a visit to the splendid historic houses and gardens around Barnsley, you may wish to move in and live the life of a lord or lady.

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

 

A luxury stay that’s a Wold away from the everyday

Leave it all behind in a quirky, cosy Shepherd Hut hideaway. Enjoy long country walks and relax together in a hot tub under the stars.

Location: Bishop Wilton, East Yorkshire

 

Waterfalls, row boats and a pagoda in Peasholm Park

Explore this beautiful Grade II listed oriental themed garden, set on the site of a medieval manor house with many activities to enjoy.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Feel like a duke or duchess for the day but without the price tag

You don’t have to be as rich as a lord to visit East Riddlesden Hall, near Keighley, former home of the 17th century cloth merchant James Murgatroyd.

Location: Keighley, West Yorkshire

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