Durham has a had a great year so far; it was voted the top city to visit in England in a National Poll, it won three National Tourism awards and is the latest city to join Britain’s Heritage Cities. At Days Inn Durham we’ve been asking our customers what they most like about the city and what are their favourite sights and attractions. We’ve narrowed down the top 5 to share with you:
Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral make up this beautiful World Heritage Site in the centre of Durham. The site was inscribed by UNESCO in 1986 because of its outstanding architectural importance and today we know that it continues to impress our guests. Durham Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Norman Architecture in Europe and the Castle is home to Durham University, the third oldest university in the country.
Situated in the town of Barnard Castle, the Bowes Museum is another favourite with our customers. Housed in a French style chateau, the museum contains one of the greatest collections of European fine and decorative arts. The grounds also boast some glorious parkland and gardens where visitors can enjoy picnics and gentle walks.
Beamish has always been a favourite with our guests, especially those with children. Nationally recognised as one of the top attractions in the UK, Beamish Museum allows visitors to discover what life was like in Northern England during the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times with plenty of exciting things to see and do. In May this year, the Museum won the ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at the annual VisitEngland Excellence Awards.
Many of the guests staying in Days Inn Durham take advantage of the nearby coast. An area officially recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Durham’s Heritage Coast has a colourful landscape of beaches, grasslands and cliffs, perfect if you fancy a change from city life. The Coast is also internationally recognised for its rare plants and varied wildlife species.
This is one of the finest medieval castles existing in England so there’s no wonder why our guests enjoy visiting here. Dating back to the 14th century, the Castle has a number of art collections and treasures and the onsite deer park and gardens provide hours of fun.
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