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  • CIH North East Conference

    CIH North East Conference

    County Durham

    The CIH North East conference is the biggest and best housing event in the region and the only event of its kind. It gives you the chance to come toge…more

  • Brancepeth Castle Christmas Craft Fair 2019

    Brancepeth Castle Christmas Craft Fair 2019


    Brancepeth Castle Christmas Craft Fair 2019Brancepeth Castle, Brancepeth, Durham DH7 8DE Friday 22nd November 2019 to Sunday 24th November 2019Ove…more

  • A Certain Ratio 6th December 2019 Georgian Theatre

    A Certain Ratio 6th December 2019 Georgian Theatre


    A CERTAIN RATIO & MUTE = GOOD TOGETHERMute are delighted to announce a new partnership with A Certain Ratio to look after their extensive catalogue …more

  • Believe Christmas

    Believe Christmas


    What Is Believe? Believe is an outdoor Christmas experience taking you on a journey through theatrical performances and interactive activities. It is…more

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Whilst Durham town is a well deserving highlight of County Durham, it is by no means the only reason to visit. County Durham is an unspoiled northern county, defined by the calm ochre uplands of Teesdale and the empty but inspiring northern Pennines.

A county of charming, gentle villages and bustling independent market towns, rich in produce and rich in history. It is a county with an industrial heritage and its economy used to be almost completely based around iron and coal. Now however, it is a popular tourist destination with a World Heritage Site (Durham Castle and Cathedral) at its heart. Stretching from the North Sea Coast in the east to the North Pennines in the west, the county of Durham is bordered by Northumberland, Cumbria, Yorkshire and Tyne and Wear.

Historically, County Durham was a liberty under the control of the Bishops of Durham -in 883 a Cathedral (containing the remains of St Cuthbert) was established at Chester-le-Street. In 995 the see was moved to Durham. In the 12th century Durham was part of the shire of Northumberland and in the 14th century it was declared a liberty.

Durham City is one of the finest in the UK and Durham Cathedral is over 900 years old and a world heritage site and the best example of Norman church architecture in the UK, featuring rounded arches and spectacular columns. Durham also has an incredible selection of galleries and museums, historic houses and ancient castles, from Barnard Castle to Bowes Castle, Whitworth Hall Country Park to Auckland Castle.

Also worth visiting are Durham University Botanic Garden, Eggleston Hall Gardens and the Bowes Museum. Further out there is the Derwent Walk that follows the former railway through the Derwent Valley and of course the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Pennine Way National Trail, some of the UKs finest trails, landscapes and views.

Days Out & Attractions

Attractions in Durham

Fun days out in Durham

Enjoy a fun filled and fantastic day out for all the family at a range of attractions in Durham, including theme parks, castles, zoos, museums and historic houses.

Zoos & Safari Parks in Durham

Zoos & Safari Parks

Get close-up and personal with a wild animal at a zoo or safari park in Durham.

Theme Parks in Durham

Theme Parks

Thrills and spills on rides and rollercoasters at a theme park in Durham.

Museums in Durham


Love British history?Come and take a stroll through the ages at a local museum.

Art galleries in Durham

Art Galleries

From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, enjoy art at its very best.



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Towns in Durham

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