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Historic Haughton-le-Skerne Gardens - Open Garden for NGS

Historic Haughton-le-Skerne Gardens - Open Garden for NGS Enjoy a range of secluded gardens, ancient and modern, set in this historic village: tranquil spaces which combine... See more >
Historic Haughton-le-Skerne Gardens, Darlington DL1 2DD
Sat 6 Jul

MG Car Display at Durham University Botanic Garden

The Durham MG & Classic Car Club was formed in 2001 for local car enthusiasts interested in MG cars, both classic and... See more >
Botanic Garden, Durham University Hollingside Lane South Road Durham DH1 3TN
Sun 7 Jul

The Gardens of Carmel Road South - Open Garden for NGS

The Gardens of Carmel Road South - Open Garden for NGS The Carmel Road South Group comprise of 6 interesting and varied town gardens with some different and unusual plants,... See more >
The Gardens of Carmel Road South, Darlington DL3 8DR
Sun 14 Jul

St Margaret's Allotments - Open Garden for NGS

St Margaret’s Allotments - Open Garden for NGS Five acres of over 100 allotments against the spectacular backdrop of Durham Cathedral. Enthusiastic gardeners, many..... See more >
St Margaret’s Allotments, Durham City DH1 4QU
Sun 14 Jul

Brancepeth Village Gardens - Open Garden for NGS

Brancepeth Village Gardens - Open Garden for NGS Village gardens spread out over ½ mile in a picturesque historic setting. Refreshments available in the Village Hall... See more >
Brancepeth Village Gardens, Durham DH7 8EN
Sat 20 Jul

St Cuthbert's Hospice - Open Garden for NGS

St Cuthbert’s Hospice - Open Garden for NGS 5 acres of mature gardens surround this CQC outstanding-rated Hospice. In development since 1988, the gardens are cared..... See more >
St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham DH1 3QF
Sun 28 Jul

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.