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Hotels in Durham
Are you looking for hotels in Durham? Our team have been working in the County Durham hotel market for nearly two decades, and we've put together our list of recommended hotels below, all of which are an excellent choice if you're looking for a hotel in Durham.
Top 10 Things to Do and See in County Durham
If you have never been to County Durham before, there are lots of fun and exciting activities waiting for you to experience. If you want to get a taste of local life, here are the top 10 things to do in County Durham!
#1 Durham Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of Saint Cuthbert of Durham is a Church of England cathedral and seat of the Bishop of Durham. The present building was constructed from 1108 to 1133 on earlier foundations following a fire that destroyed much of the Norman cathedral. The cathedral is regarded as one of Britain's finest examples of Norman architecture and is a Grade I listed building, while its carved stone interior has been described by UNESCO as outstanding within Europe.
#2 Beamish Open Air Museum
The UK’s largest open air museum located where you can enjoy a day out learning about life in times gone by. Set on over 600 acres of parkland and boasting 200 historic buildings from all corners of Britain, your visit is sure to be entertaining and educational for both children and adults alike.
Top tip: Many hotels in Durham offer discounted entry to Beamish - ask at Reception!
#3 Raby Castle
Raby Castle is a Norman castle located within the Raby Estate near Staindrop. The castle stands on an outcrop of Bowes Moor at over 400 feet above sea level. The site was first fortified with a wooden structure built by Viscount Raby in 1133, but was soon replaced by a stone castle.
#4 Bowes Museum
Find inspiration at Bowes Museum, a new museum located in Barnard Castle, northeast England. Displaying art from more than 2,000 years ago including art from China and Japan. Be sure to check out The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books for a fun interactive experience that both adults and children will enjoy.
#5 Auckland Castle and The Auckland Project
Located on a hill overlooking Bishop Auckland, Auckland Castle was built around 1200 by Hugh de Puiset, Bishop of Durham. In 1645 it was taken over by General Monck and became a garrison. In 1823 it was returned to private ownership and fell into ruin until 1885 when it was restored by J O Lawrance who gave it its present appearance. Today, Auckland Castle is owned by The Auckland Project, a charitable endeavour seeking to bring life back to the historic buildings of Bishop Auckland.
#6 Hamsterley Forest
Hamsterley Forest is a relatively untouched wildlife reserve and forms part of Durham’s forested coastline. It’s a great place for walking and mountain biking, and is especially well known for its caves – which can be toured during low tide – and rhododendron tunnels, which bloom with beautiful purple flowers every summer. If you’re looking for somewhere quiet to get away from it all, Hamsterley Forest is an excellent choice.
Describes as an Epic Tale of England, Kynren is a spectacular outdoor show that explores 2000 years of history, myth and legand. Performed entirely by volunteers, Kynren has been voted one of TripAdvisor's Top Five Shows to See in the UK.
#8 The Northern Saints Trails
The Northern Saints are a series of trails covering ten popular hiking routes throughout Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Cumbria. They take their name from St Cuthbert whose remains rest at Durham Cathedral. These lovely walks wind through beautiful countryside to reach some of England’s most breathtaking views. The best way to enjoy them is by starting small with one or two routes (each route takes about five hours) before working your way up.
#9 Low Burnhall
Close to Croxdale and Sunderland Bridge, Low Burnhall Wood is a tranquil haven for people and wildlife. Managed by The Woodland Trust, over the last few years the woodland has been restored and developed by the organisation to be an important ecosystem asset for the local area.
#10 Durham Indoor Market
This superb indoor market is housed in a Grade-II listed building, which was built in 1878. Take your time and explore local produce, or pick up some coffee or breakfast on your way. You’ll find everything from vintage clothing to fresh flowers here—plus there are plenty of friendly stallholders who will be happy to help you if you’re stuck for ideas about where else to go.
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