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Durham Attractions

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.

All Attractions

Eggleston Hall Gardens

Old-established gardens growing many species of plants. Eggleston's old church and churchyard have been planted with interesting trees, shrubs and plants. The church, which has lost its roof, dates back to the 17thC and has never been open to the public before. Wide range of plants for sale, including trees, shrubs, hardy perennials and herbs.   Read More…

Egglestone Abbey

The charming ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white canons', picturesquely set above a bend in the River Tees near Barnard Castle. Remains include much of the 13thC church and a range of living quarters, with traces of their ingenious toilet drainage system. Read More…

Escomb Saxon Church

There are a few buildings which loom out of the darkness of history to present a challenge to us in the present, to baffle us with a sense of mystery which no amount of reasoning can resolve. The Saxon church at Escomb is one such building. When was it built? Who built it and why? How has it survived so long? A date of construction can be tentatively put at around AD670, making it Read More…

Finchale Priory

The very extensive remains of a 13thC priory, founded on the site of a retired pirate's hermitage. Part of it later served as a holiday retreat for the monks of Durham Cathedral. Beautifully sited by the River Wear, it can be reached from Durham via a delightful riverside and woodland walk. Read More…

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