With its breathtaking scenery, picturesque villages and market towns, County Durham, in the North East of England, is an inspiring destination to be explored, centred on the city with its cathedral and castle adorning the skyline.
With such a wealth of experiences on offer, we thought it would be worthwhile highlighting a selection of attractions and events in the area.
Durham Cathedral, built in 1093 is recognised as one of the great buildings in Europe. Its central tower has reopened having undergone a £1.9 million refurbishment. Climb the 325 steps to enjoy unparalleled views across Durham City and beyond. Explore Open Treasure, an amazing exhibition route which allows visitors for the first time to discover previously hidden spaces within the Cathedral Cloister, including the 14th century Monk’s Dormitory and the monastic Great Kitchen, some of the best surviving monastic buildings in England.
An award-winning open-air museum that recreates the past though the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. Explore the 350 acre plot in an open-top tram or sample treats in the sweet shop or bakery in the 1900s town.
Kynren – An Epic Tale of England 2019 (Season runs from June until 14th Sept 2019)
This is a spectacular open-air dramatic performance taking its audience through 2,000 years of British history. New for 2019, allow time for the pre-show attractions with a visit to the Viking Village, soak up the atmosphere at the 1940s- style Bar or browse for gifts and souvenirs in the Georgian Shop.
Lumiere Durham (14th – 17th November 2019)
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the UK’s largest light festival is illuminating Durham with spectacular artworks and installations including some of the most popular displays from the last five festivals.
Durham City Traditional Christmas Festival (29th Nov to 1st Dec)
Planning ahead? A trip to Durham in the lead up to Christmas is magical! This traditional festival includes over 200 indoor and outdoor stalls, street entertainment as well as a children’s lantern parade.
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