Durham boasts a huge range of cultural attractions. From industrial heritage to art collections, ancient castles to exotic gardens, rail heritage to religious heritage, it's got it all.
The iconic Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage site was the first to be designated and is one of the finest surviving examples of Romanesque architecture on the planet.
There are castles and historic houses filled with dazzling art and furniture collections. While The Bowes Museum is home to European art and the famous mechanical Silver Swan dating back to 1773. Or step back in time at Beamish Museum and experience life in the North in the 1800s and 1900s.
Marvel at the work of Saxon stonemasons who created Esomb's tiny church, a place of worship for over 1400 years! Hop aboard a steam engine at Locomotion in Shildon, ride the world's oldest existing line at Tanfield Railway or pop on a hard hat and head down the mine at Killhope, the North of England Mining Museum. Delve into the tropical collections in the University Botanical Garden or meander through the themed borders at Crook Hall.
High House Chapel is now the oldest Methodist chapel in the world in continuous weekly use since its foundation in 1760 and is one of only 4 chapels listed by Simon Jenkins in his book 'England's Thousand Best Churches', 1999. Wesley preached here 13 times and the small folk museum next door includes a dedicated Wesley room, an 1870 period Weardale cottage room, local history displays Read More…
Gardens include national collections of meconopsis and sorbus. Large heather bed, alpine house, water garden, naturalised narcissus plantings. Large arboretum ("The World Of Trees") with fully-labelled plantings, with a comprehensive guidebook available from the Country Coffee Shop. Over 500 species of trees can be seen and you can go on a 2.5 mile discovery trail of the surrounding countryside. Read More…
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