Rich in history and in natural beauty, the primarily rural County Durham is a wonderfully peaceful choice for holidays and short breaks. The Yorkshire Dales, the North Pennines and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are all within easy reach, and when you wake each morning you’ll be able to look out from the window of your hotel room to a sunrise over mile after mile of stunning open countryside.
The County Durham landscape is one that looks spectacular in all seasons, whether the fields are coated with a blanket of snow or are decorated with wildflowers through the spring months. The same dramatic settings that you’ll explore on your holiday have played host to some of the UK’s most important battles through history, with the region’s castles and historic houses as lasting evidence of the county’s turbulent past.
Visit famous landmarks like Hadrian’s Wall and the Angel of the North, or take a drive to the coast for a day on the sand. You might also want to set aside a day to spend at the Beamish open-air museum, bringing County Durham’s history to life with character actors, scenes that include a Pit Village and a 1940s farm, and a town complete with vintage buses and trams. Buy treats at the old sweet shop, watch a printing press at work and learn what it was like to work in the coal mines.
A visit to County Durham is certainly a memorable and educational experience, made better by attractions such as the spectacular Bowes Museum, set in a grand and elegant French chateau home to wonderful collections of art. Other County Durham attractions include Durham Cathedral and Castle, the HMS Trincomalee and the beautiful Hardwick Hall Country Park.
Treat your county Durham holiday as a chance to refresh the mind and rejuvenate the body, with long walks through rural surroundings and with chances to learn about Durham’s incredibly diverse history. See High Force – one of the highest waterfalls in the UK – and visit towns such as Chester-le-Street and Barnard Castle where you can put your credit card through its paces. Wherever you spend your time and however many miles you cover, you can always return to your County Durham hotel for a relaxing drink and a wonderfully comfortable sleep.