Whether you are considering a visit to Durham the City or Durham the County, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to tour this enchanting part of the country. Located in Northeast England on the River Wear, Durham is a hilly city with steep wooded riverbanks. The region is home to Durham University which is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world. Another favorite, Durham Castle, has been named a UNESCO Heritage site and is today a residential home for university students as well as a hotel.
There are market towns to peruse, foodie tours, theatre productions and Heritage events to enjoy. Spa days are another popular way to while away the day. High rope activity parks and parachute jumps might be appealing options for those seeking adventure.
Sports lovers will be able to enjoy watching football or rugby, cricket, or an ice hockey match. It could be that perhaps a rowing tournament at the Durham Dales would be more enticing. For those who desire a quieter pastime, there are plenty of places one can golf, fish, or cycle in the region. Hamsterley Forest offers walking, cycling and horseback riding trails.
Rail enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to Locomotion where there are 60 railway vehicles on display. Another place for rail buffs to go is Tanfield which offers visitors an opportunity to take a ride on the world’s oldest railway.
Killhope is a 19th century lead mining museum where one can don a mining hat, wellies and a cap lamp and travel down into the mine. The living museum Beamish is another popular tourist spot where visitors can learn about life in Northeast England in the 1800’s, 1900’s and 1940’s. Bowes Art Museum and the ruins at the Egglestone Abbey are additional destinations worthy of a visit. Two more castles worth a look are Auckland which has a deer park on the premises and Barnard.
Visitors to Durham will find ample selection to meet their taste in accommodations. There are hotels, guest houses, cottages, B&B’s, rooms at Durham Castle, camping in tents or glamping in camping pods and yurts, hostels, and caravan parks to suit every budget. Hostels may be located under that name, adventure center, or YHA. Some of the listings will advertise hostels as bunkhouses.
People who use a mobility device should note that it may be difficult to get around in Durham because of the cobblestone paths which are narrow and can be winding and steep.
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