Things to see and do in Durham

We might be perched on the shores of Durham's unspoiled coastline, but we're right at the heart of it all. Step outside our country house and you'll find beautiful beaches, charming cycle routes, and a collection of attractions and experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

History and heritage

Step back in time and discover Durham Cathedral and the adjacent Durham Castle – together forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Durham City, and one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe. History lovers can experience award-winning attractions in the Vale of Durham, including Auckland Castle and 'Beamish – The Living Museum of the North', or 'Locomotion: The National Railway Museum' at Shildon, where in 1825 the world’s first steam-hauled passenger train departed on its historic journey. In the Durham Dales, you can experience the life of a Victorian miner at 'Killhope – The North of England Lead Mining Museum'.

The Great Outdoors

Take a stroll along Seaham Beach, which is just a 10-minute walk away, or head just a bit further out and explore the Seaham Marina. Feel the power of High Force waterfall or explore 2,000 hectares of woodland at nearby Hamsterley Forest. Stroll through the historic parkland of Hardwick Park in Sedgefield and admire the natural beauty of the lake, woodland and wildlife. In Durham City, escape to one of the numerous green spaces or enjoy a quintessentially English experience at medieval Crook Hall and Gardens, whilst Durham University’s Botanic Garden is a delight throughout the seasons. And if you fancy staying closer to home, complimentary bike hire and maps are available.

Culture and sport

For those craving culture, The Bowes Museum is a magnificent French-style chateau in the Durham Dales, housing an impressive collection of fine and decorative arts. Durham City’s Gala Theatre runs a year-round programme of exciting events and performances, or if you prefer sports to shows, head to the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground or Sedgefield Racecourse. Seaham Golf Club boasts a heathland 18-hole course overlooking a stunning coastline. With three par fives and five par threes, the course is a true test of golf whatever your level of play. The clubhouse includes a bar, restaurant and social areas - perfect for a break between rounds.

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