Durham City, with its medieval past, has eagerly embraced the modern with its captivating mix of history and heritage with contemporary culture. The dramatic city skyline is one of the most stunning panoramas in Europe, and is dominated by the ‘UK’s number one landmark’ Durham Cathedral, and adjacent castle – a world UNESCO heritage site. Durham City is also home to one of the finest regimental museums in the country, the Durham Light Infantry Museum, and Durham University’s Oriental Museum; the only museum in the North of Britain devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the orient.
The Durham Dales and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are home to breathtaking scenery and fascinating attractions including The Bowes Museum, a magnificent French-style chateau housing an impressive collection of European and fine arts, and medieval Raby Castle, home to Lord Barnard’s family since 1626. And don’t miss High Force – one of England’s largest waterfalls and a truly magnificent sight.
In the Vale of Durham you can step back in time and experience Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, winner of VisitEngland’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012, or board a steam train at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon.
And the colourful and dramatic landscape of Durham’s Heritage Coast is waiting to be discovered, with its beaches, rugged cliffs and imposing headlands making it a stunning location and a must-visit.
When it’s time to refuel, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Durham’s many restaurants, pubs, cafes, tearooms and coffee shops waiting to tempt your taste buds. Look out for the Taste Durham Award, a sign of great food and service proudly displayed at over 60 businesses across the county.
And just when you think you’ve seen it all, Durham will continue to delight with a gem around every corner. There’s only one thing for it… stay a little longer
To find out more about Durham and to book your perfect break visit the official tourism website here.