A trip to Durham can feel like travelling back in time. As you journey down winding roads through green landscape and valleys, the hills peel away to reveal the grand Romanesque cathedral at the heart of the city. Durham Cathedral and Castle sit on top of a rocky outcrop, the very reason for Durham’s construction on this site. Brimming with history, Durham is packed with narrow medieval streets and some lovely independent shops offering everything from bespoke jewellery to designer fashion.
Every year Durham is transformed by the power of light for Lumiere, the hugely popular festival of light packed with family-friendly installations and groundbreaking artistic commissions. And it’s not just this huge event that draws visitors to the region; Barnard Castle is home to the Bowes Museum – a wonderful collection of art, sculpture and curiosities housed in the majestic splendour of a grand chateau. To the North is Beamish, a popular living history museum, which shows how the people of the North East of England lived over the last three hundred years. Equally, an impressive collection of railway vehicles can be found at Locomotion (part of the Science Museum Group) in nearby Shildon, the world’s first railway town.
County Durham itself also draws in visitors with its beautiful landscapes and rolling green hills. With the North Pennines to the west, and the Derwent Valley with its Land of Oak and Iron Heritage Centre to the north, you will discover wild beauty and land reclaimed and revitalised after centuries of heavy industry. From cathedrals and industrial heritage to beautiful rolling landscapes, a visit to both city and county has something for everyone.