Durham has a wide choice of great of days out for all the family. Durham’s position close to Scotland means there are a number of castles for visitors to choose from – Raby Castle is one of the most spectacular. The 14th century fortification overlooks a large lake, which was previously the moat but just watch out for the ghosts! Durham Castle stands high above the banks of the River Wear close to Durham Cathedral and is a spectacular sight – be sure to check out The Black Staircase between Bishop Pudsey’s building and the Great Hall. Other castles in the region include Bowes Castle and museum guarding the Stainmore Pass, the impressive Auckland Manor and Barnard Castle with views across the River Tees where you can take in the antique shops across its 16th century bridge.
One for the Durham bucket list is the city of Durham itself. Home to the spectacular Durham Cathedral – Harry Potter fans may well recognise some of the building and if you are feeling energetic there is a 66m climb where you will be rewarded with views across the city. Take in the nearby Durham Castle whilst you are there. Just outside Durham at Aykley Heads you can find the Durham Light Infantry Museum.
Other attractions in the county include the ruins of the 13th century Egglestone Abbey, Ankers House at Chester-le-Street and Tanfield where you can ride the world’s oldest working railway. The North of England Lead Mine at Killhope is an opportunity to go underground and see the mining history of the county. Beamish is the Living Museum of the North, set in 300 acres, where you can explore the heritage of the Industrial Revolution in the region.
Durham has a number of stately homes and magnificent gardens open to the public. Rokeby Park is an 18th century house surrounded by parkland with stables and an ice house. Visitors to Crook Hall and Gardens can enjoy a range of gardens including The Secret Walled Garden, Cathedral Garden, Shakespeare Garden and The Silver & White Garden.
There is plenty to do from a sporting perspective with Durham County Cricket Ground with its lovely setting, golf and the Durham Regatta attractions for visitors. Looking for some retail therapy? Then take a visit to Dalton Park, the region’s largest shopping centre or head to some of the market towns with their own charm and selection of local goods, art and crafts and food.
Durham’s famous names include former England football manager Sir Bobby Robson, Ashes winning cricketer Paul Collingwood, actress Denise Welch and record producer Tim Horn.
Durham has a large range of annual events including the Durham Regatta, Durham Brass Festival, Bishop Auckland Food Festival, the light festival of Lumiere, Kynren an open air spectacular and Durham Book Festival.
Durham’s famous food includes a range of tasty food such as the meat dish of Panackelty, Twelfth Cake, Epiphany Tart and Lammas Bread.
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