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Organisations In and Around County Durham

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum opened to the public in 1892 and is the creation of John and Joséphine Bowes. John Bowes, the..... See more >
The Bowes Museum Newgate DL12 8NP

Dalton Moor Vegan Fruit Farm /School of Sustainable Living & Wellbeing

Event Image Take a Love of Nature & the Outdoors, a Passion for Animals & Plants, a Childhood Dream to grow Orchards & Apples, a... See more >
Dalton Moor Farm Dalton Moor Lane, off Truro Avenue,Murton Dalton le Dale Seaham County Durham (No vehicle access via postcode) SR7 9JY

Dalton Moor Farm School of Sustainable Living & Wellbeing

Event Image DMF SOSLAW offers a range of fun and informative classes and activities to bring you closer to nature, to empower you... See more >
Dalton Moor Farm off Truro Avenue, Murton Seaham County Durham SR7 9JY

Ayclive Events Ltd

Ayclive Events Ltd organise a Music Festival for Newton Aycliffe, the first event take place on Saturday 29th July 2023... See more >
Ayclive Events Ltd c/o Blue Bridge Centre St Cuthberts Way Newton Aycliffe Co. Durham DL5 6DS

Things to do around County Durham

If you're planning a day out in County Durham, this northernmost county in England offers a rich blend of history, natural beauty, and cultural attractions. Here are some delightful activities to consider:

1. Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle:
- Durham Cathedral, dating back to the 12th century, is a masterpiece of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Marvel at its stunning design and explore the tombs of St. Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede. Don't miss the Chapel of the Nine Altars. While in Durham, visit Durham Castle, occupied by University College since 1840. Take a guided tour to explore its medieval great hall, Norman Chapel, and Tunstall Chapel with intricate carvings¹.

2. Barnard Castle:
- Despite its recent notoriety, Barnard Castle remains a top attraction in County Durham. Visit the Bowes Museum, home to the largest art collection in northern England. Explore the 12th-century Norman castle perched high on a rock overlooking the River Tees. Look for King Richard III's boar emblem carved into the castle wall¹.

3. North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and High Force Waterfall:
- Discover the rugged beauty of the North Pennines AONB. Enjoy scenic walks, rolling hills, and breathtaking landscapes. Don't miss the High Force Waterfall, one of England's most impressive waterfalls¹.

4. Beamish Museum:
- Step back in time at the Beamish Museum, an open-air living museum near Stanley. Explore historic buildings, ride vintage trams, and immerse yourself in the past. It's a fascinating glimpse into the region's industrial heritage¹.

5. Raby Castle:
- Visit Raby Castle, a medieval fortress surrounded by beautiful gardens and deer parks. Explore its grand rooms, learn about its history, and enjoy the picturesque setting. Don't miss the views from the castle's towers².

Remember, County Durham offers a mix of cultural landmarks, natural wonders, and historic sites – perfect for an enriching and memorable day out! 🌳🏰🌿¹².

Source: Conversation with Bing, 30/01/2024
(1) 16 Ideas for a Brilliant Day Out in County Durham. https://dayoutinengland.com/day-out-in-county-durham/.
(2) County Durham Days Out and Things To Do Near Me - Visit Attractions. https://www.visitattractions.co.uk/county-durham-things-to-do.html.
(3) THE 10 BEST Fun Activities & Games in County Durham (2024) - Tripadvisor. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186267-Activities-c56-County_Durham_England.html.