With a vivid history and heritage Durham is a beautiful place to visit with a range of wonderful attractions. Why not start with a stroll through the beautiful rooms at Auckland Castle in the Vale of Durham and discover the majestic works of art and historic artefacts housed within. And in the Durham Dales, seek out The Bowes Museum a magnificent French style château housing a fantastic collection of fine and decorative arts and world-class exhibitions. Or visit nearby Raby Castle one of England's finest medieval castles. Step back in time in the Vale of Durham as you take in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the past at award-winning Beamish Museum, or discover the county's role in the development of the railways at Locomotion the National Railway Museum at Shildon. With these and a range of other heritage sites you’re spoilt for choice in Durham.
Family Activities and Attractions
Along with a wide range of historic attractions Durham also provides family attractions full of adventure perfect for a fun packed day out. Ever wanted to enjoy fantastic flying displays, then look no further than Walworth Castle Birds of Prey. This wonderful falconry centre offers a range of experiences in the beautiful grounds of Walworth Castle. If you’re looking for an adrenaline packed day out Fury Events is the place to go with a range of outdoor activities set in the Durham countryside. If you’re looking to keep the entire family active in some team building activities Beamish Wild is the home of adventure in the North East giving you the chance to climb and zip among the treetops. With all these and a host of walking and cycling routes you will never be left with nothing to do in Durham.
Food and Drink
The secret ingredient to the perfect break is enjoying great food and drink, and you’ll be spoilt for choice with what’s on the menu in Durham. If you’re planning on exploring Durham’s great outdoors during your break, what better than enjoying a hearty lunch in a friendly pub along the way, or take some time out and indulge in a tasty homemade treat at a cosy café or tearoom. And after a busy day exploring the county’s heritage or award-winning attractions why not enjoy an evening of fine dining at a delicious restaurant. Today the county is still home to innovative local producers, including award-winning cheese makers, artisan bakers, brewers, butchers and farmers. Get a true taste of Durham by stocking up at one of the county’s farm shops, farmers markets or foodie events including the Bishop Auckland Food Festival which is held every April.
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