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.
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
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
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
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
Accommodation in County Durham
Per person B&B (2 sharing)
Rating from 208 reviews
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.
Per person Per Night B&B (2 sharing)
Rating from 38 reviews
Exquisite Victorian Town House B&B in Chester-le-Street with stylish double and twin en-suites, parking and children welcome. Close to the cricket ground and Lumley Castle.
per week (seasonal)
Luxury holiday cottage Rowlands Gill, set within 100 acres, opposite Gibside and adjacent to the Derwent Walk. Open plan and family friendly. WiFi and gardens. 14thC chapel onsite.
per week (seasonal) Sleeps 4
Delightful holiday cottage in Chester le Street, perfect for Durham and Newcastle. Just off the A1 with a pretty courtyard area, WiFi, parking and Sky TV. Sleeps 4.
per week (seasonal)
Rating from 8 reviews
Luxury cottage at Rowlands Gill, set within 100 acres of grounds. Opposite Gibside and adjacent to the Derwent Walk. Ideal for families. 14th century chapel on-site.
Per week (seasonal) 8
Rating from 1242 reviews
Excellent Park Resorts Holiday Park near Hartlepool with leisure facilities & kid's clubs. Choice of caravans, great entertainment, direct beach access & indoor pool.
Per two night short break (seasonal) sleeps 9
Rating from 55 reviews
4 nights for the price of 3
Beautiful four bedroom manor house near Richmond in the Yorkshire Dales with large lawn garden, kitchen with AGA, wood burners, Wi-Fi and parking. Short breaks off peak. Sleeps 9.
Per Week (Seasonal), Sleeps 2-6
Rating from 40 reviews
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.
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6
Luxury barn conversion cottage in County Durham close to Wolsingham offering wonderful country views. 3 bedrooms, ensuite wet room, courtyard seating. Off peak short breaks.
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6
Hoseasons Caravan Park near Hadrian's Wall & Hexham in a rural spot ideal for walking. Children's play ground onsite, pet friendly. Book online for great deals