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Durham is a sweeping emerald canvas with breathtaking dales, a dramatic coastline, a vale steeped in history and a vibrant city at its heart.

Durham City’s skyline is one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe dominated by Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral, widely recognised as the UK’s number one landmark, or as author Bill Bryson puts it “the best cathedral on planet earth’. The two Romanesque buildings are part of Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax on a riverside walk or admire the views from a river cruise, or simply soak up the atmosphere at one of the many quaint coffee shops and tearooms tucked away on the city’s cobbled streets

The Durham Dales’ breathtaking scenery provides the ideal backdrop to your break. Within easy reach of Durham City, you can escape to the stunning surroundings of the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walking and cycling are the best ways to experience the Dales’ beautiful landscapes, which have inspired artists and writers through the ages – none more so than JMW Turner – the painter of light.

Only half an hours drive from Durham City you’ll find the Durham Heritage Coast, a great place to get active or enjoy some peace and tranquillity. This stretch of wild and beautiful coastline is the ideal place for a walk that weaves its way through wild flowers and coastal villages and you can also enjoy stunning clifftop scenery along the way.

Delve into Durham’s amazing heritage in the Vale of Durham. From social and industrial, to spiritual and sporting, Durham’s history is brought to life at a range of attractions in the Vale. Stroll through the ancient deer park at Auckland Castle and admire the view from the top of the newly opened Auckland Tower in Bishop Auckland. Take in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of times gone by at Beamish – the Living Museum of the North and discover the county’s role in the development of the railways at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon.


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