Top 5 Things to See and Do in Durham

9 November 2012

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Durham

If you’re looking to book your winter break, look no further than the historic city of Durham. Durham has a wealth of attractions including castles, gardens, adventure parks and award winning museums, not to mention it holds some exciting events throughout November and December. Our Durham hotel is perfect if you’re looking to get away with the family or with your partner and to help you plan your trip, we’ve put together 5 of the best things to see and do:

Beamish Museum

Just twenty minutes away from the city is Beamish Museum. This is the living museum of the north; a fantastic place where you can go back in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times and see what life was once like in North East England. Experience what life was like down a drift mine, visit The Pit Village, taste some freshly made goods at Home Farm and meet the curly coat pits at the Old Hall. Tickets to Beamish are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase for an unlimited number of visits.

Durham Castle and Cathedral

The beautiful historic Durham Castle and Cathedral area was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site in 1986, and today it continues to be a popular attraction. Whether you wish to take a guided tour, take in the superb views of Durham, or gaze up at it from many different vantage points across the city, it’s an absolute must whilst you’re staying here. Tell the kids that the cathedral was transformed into Hogwarts in the famous Harry Potter films and they’re bound to be impressed too.

Crook Hall and Gardens

Crook Hall is a delightful place to visit, located just a short walk away from the centre. The 13th century medieval hall boasts some impressive architecture including Georgian and Jacobean whilst the idyllic English themed gardens attract from all over the world. If you’re visiting in December, expect a traditional Christmas wonderland.

Hamsterley Forest

Hamsterley Forest, near Bishop Auckland is the ideal place for a bike ride. The 2,000 acre woodland is popular with mountain bikers due to its sheer variety of terrain and challenges. There’s something for every rider thanks to the four colour-coded routes, but it’s those experienced cyclists that can expect a real thrill with a number of exhilarating ascents, descents, twists and turns!

Durham Coast

Many of the guests staying in our hotel take advantage of Durham’s stunning coast. The Heritage Coast is home to some of the most spectacular coastal views in Britain and provides the ideal setting for a winter walk. The Coast is made up of a mix of habitats, including the limestone grasslands on the cliff tops, home to unique wildlife and rare flora.

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