Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

The City of Durham

With cultural capital Durham city at its heart, the land of the Prince Bishops – County Durham – offers a magical mixed landscape of Dales, Heritage Coast, ancient market towns and family fun industrial heritage museums. The North East’s two World Heritage Sites, Durham Castle and the breathtaking Norman Durham Cathedral are essential visiting in the region. Stay in a boutique B&B in Durham City, one of Europe’s favourite cultural city breaks, and be close to Durham’s superb markets, award-winning inns and restaurants, specialist shops, chic cafes, river boat trips and world class museums.

High Force, Durham Dales

High Force, Durham Dales

Durham Dales

The beautiful Durham Dales sweeping west of Durham City are rich in spectacular family friendly walks like the memorable High Force and Low Force waterfalls walks. Tour the pretty villages of Weardale, Teesdale and Derwentside in the Dales, all brimming with craft and local produce shops, markets, traditional inns, tearooms and a choice of holiday cottages and B&Bs. The ancient market towns of County Durham are idyllic holiday settings. Stay in Barnard Castle and be close to the acclaimed Bowes Museum with its world class art collection and castle ruins alongside the River Tees.

Auckland Castle, palace of the Prince Bishops in Bishop Auckland

Auckland Castle, palace of the Prince Bishops in Bishop Auckland

Prince Bishops

County market town and architectural gem Bishop Auckland along the River Wear is a great gateway into the Weardale area of the Durham Dales. The town’s spectacular Auckland Castle is the historic stronghold of the region’s famed Prince Bishops, with beautiful surrounding woodland, a deer park and parklands.

Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Heritage Coast

Spectacular coastal walking is along the breathtaking Heritage Coast, once dotted with coal mines, and today lined with coastal nature reserves and a mecca for birdwatchers. The Durham Coastal Footpath pushes along 11 miles of the coastline, taking in a mixed scene of coastal cliffs, sandy and pebble beaches and saltmarsh.

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

Family Friendly Heritage Attractions

Some of the most popular family attractions in the North East are here in County Durham like the enchanting Beamish Open Air Museum near Stanley, with recreated 19th Century mining village, Edwardian town and a host of year round festivals, family activities and seasonal events. If you’re a lover of scenic heritage steam railways, County Durham won’t disappoint. Visit family friendly ‘Locomotion’. The National Railway Museum, Shilden and hop aboard the pet friendly Weardale Railway with station stops at Bishop Auckland, Wolsingham and Stanhope. If you head deep into the Weardale area of the Dales you’ll find fantastic family friendly museums digging deep into the region’s ancient industrial heritage like the Killhope North of England Lead Mining Museum on the edge of the wild North Pennines.

Locomotion, National Railway Museum Shildon

Locomotion, National Railway Museum Shildon

Accommodation in County Durham

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    Modern Travelodge hotel set one mile from Durham city centre. Double & family ensuite rooms, free parking, 30 minutes initial free Wi-Fi. Pet friendly by arrangement.
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    Charming 250 year old guest house in Durham city centre just a short stroll from the castle & cathedral. Full English Breakfasts, parking permit, pretty garden and wifi.
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    Contemporary Chester-le-Street Travelodge ideal for Durham County Cricket Ground with free parking and Vintage inn. WiFi. Double, family and twin rooms. Pets welcome.
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    Travelodge budget hotel on A1 Southbound at Washington with free parking available and great family rooms. Book online for rates from £29! Wi-Fi service.
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    Travelodge budget hotel on A1 Northbound at Washington with free parking available and great family rooms. Book online for rates from £29! Wi-Fi service.
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    This stone built barn conversion is located near to Barnard Castle and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
     
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    19 serviced cottages & apartments on a 40 acre private estate 3 miles from Durham City. Various sizes available with WiFi and parking. Long lets & short breaks welcome. Sleep 2-6.
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    This cosy detached cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms, in the hamlet of Plawsworth, six miles from Durham.
     
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    Excellent Park Resorts Holiday Park near Hartlepool with leisure facilities & kid's clubs. Choice of caravans, great entertainment, direct beach access & indoor pool.
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    This historic Grade II* listed 16th century country house is situated on the edge of the village of Stanhope, County Durham and sleeps seven people in three bedrooms.
     
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