The College, Durham, DH1 3EH
Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost a millennium. Built in 1093 to house the Shrine of St Cuthbert, it is renowned for its magnificent Romanesque architecture. Highlights include the twelfth-century Galilee Chapel with its original medieval wall paintings, the towering sandstone pillars in the Nave, and the stunning Rose Window in the Chapel of the Nine Altars. Don’t miss the medieval Cloister, which featured in the first two Harry Potter films.
Beamish, County Durham DH9 0RG
Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in the North East of England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. Much of the restoration and interpretation is specific to the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, together with portions of countryside under the influence of industrial revolution in 1825. On its 350 acres estate it utilises a mixture of original and replica buildings; a huge collection of artefacts and working vehicles as well as livestock and costumed interpreters.
Elvet Hill Road, Durham, DH1 3TH
The Oriental Museum, formerly the Gulbenkian Museum of Oriental Art and Archaeology, is a museum of the University of Durham. The museum was founded due to the need to house an increasing collection of Oriental artefacts used by the School of Oriental Studies that were previously housed around the University. The Museum's Chinese and Egyptian collections are 'designated' by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) as being of "national and international importance.
Forest-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XN
Discover the force of nature at High Force, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England. From its rise as a trickle, high on the heather covered fells at the top of the North Pennines, to the top of the whin sill rock at Forest-in-Teesdale, the River Tees steadily grows and gathers pace, then it suddenly and spectacularly drops 21 metres into the plunge pool below. A gentle and pretty woodland walk leads you to view this spectacular sight at the base of the falls.
Durham, DH1 3RW
Durham Castle is a Norman castle which has been wholly occupied since 1840 by University College, Durham. The castle has a large Great Hall, created by Bishop Antony Bek in the early 14th century. It was the largest Great Hall in Britain until Bishop Richard Foxe shortened it at the end of the 15th century. However it is still 14m (46ft) high and over 30m (98ft) long. It is open to the general public through guided tours, since it is in use as a working building and is home to over 100 students.
Langley Park, Durham, DH7 9TT
Diggerland UK Theme park is the perfect destination for action, fun and thrill packed family days out. Fun for all ages (height restrictions apply) Diggerland has 20 different rides and drives, is the ideal theme park for small to large groups looking for something exciting and truly unique. Get to grips with real JCBs and excavators, take a head-reeling turn on the Spindizzy, enjoy the views on the Skyshuttle, take an off-road ride on the Groundshuttle or have a go on the Dodgems and Go-Karts!