Best Visits in County Durham
02 Dec 2022
Are you looking to plan a staycation in County Durham? The small and underrated county, nestled between North Yorkshire and Northumberland, has so many wonderful things to see and do. Let’s uncover the best visits in County Durham.
From stargazing in the Durham Dales and visiting perfectly preserved castles to uncovering the famous Harry Potter filming locations and gazing at stunning waterfalls; there are a plethora of things to enjoy when you holiday in County Durham.
Here are some of the best visits in County Durham you simply can’t miss!
County Durham’s landscapes and landmarks have starred in many television shows and blockbuster films over the years.
Durham Cathedral is one of the most notable locations, with UNESCO World Heritage Site status, it was a filming location for a few of the Harry Potter films. Follow in the footsteps of the young wizards in the Cathedral’s cloisters and head to The Chapter House.
12 of the best dark sky discovery sites are located in the Durham Dales. Gaze into the beauty of the universe at the Grassholme Observatory; a stunning observatory overlooking Teesdale’s Grassholme Reservoir.
Prepare to be transported to the stars to observe planets spin and galaxies light up the universe.
Grab the chance to experience the history of County Durham with a visit to the working Beamish Museum. Set amongst beautiful countryside, see what early 20th century life was like through costumed village folk, authentic buildings and agricultural workshops.
Take a stroll through the cobbled Pit Village and visit the friendly local shops that line the high street. Enjoy a ride on the Beamish Tramway, tuck into battered cod from Davy’s Fish and Chip Shop and see what delicious meals are cooking in the cottages.
If you are looking for some worthwhile walks in County Durham, Durham Heritage Coast has 11 miles of trails along the England Coast Path National Trail.
Admire views of dramatic bays, yellow limestone cliffs and an array of wildlife watching spots. Don’t miss out on a stop at Seaham, which is home to the county’s only marina, and hunt for the world-famous multi-coloured sea class.
Try an immersive experience with a steam train ride into the past with Tanfield Railway. The world’ oldest railway, take the chance to embark on a six-mile journey through rolling countryside and wooded valleys of County Durham.
Located in Barnard Castle, The Bowes Museum displays a remarkable French-style building that hosts a huge collection of fashion, design and art. Discover amazing artefacts and admire drawings, painting and sculptures accumulated from one of Durham’s best love stories.
If there’s time, you can also check out the stunning landscaped gardens designed by the Bowes family themselves.
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