County Durham Things to Do

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County Durham Things to Do

  • Framwellgate Bridge

    Framwellgate Bridge is a mediaeval masonry arch bridge across the River Wear. You can admire by the view at the Castle and the Cathedral from the bridge.The bridge was built after 1400 to replace one built early in the 12th century for Ranulf Flambard, who was Bishop of Durham 1199–1228. Flambard's bridge seems to have had five or six arches. The...

  • The River Wear

    The River Wear wends in a steep valley through the cathedral city of Durham.When it reaches the city it passes through a deep, wooded gorge, from which several springs emerge, historically used as sources of potable water. The river has cut deeply into the "Cathedral Sandstone" bedrock. The high ground (bluffs) enclosed by this meander is known as...

  • St Nicholas Chuch

    St Nicholas' Church, commonly known as St Nic's, is located on Durham marketplace and is the city's civic church.The current building dates to 1858, and was designed by Darlington architect J. Pritchett. The building was described as "the most beautiful specimen of church architecture in the north of England".

  • Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric’s Church

    St. Godric’s Church is conveniently located in Durham City Centre.The Church was built in 1864. In 1909 it was extended and a tower was added. In 1985 it was badly damaged by fire, but after extensive restoration it was reopened in 1987.We visited this church on the way to the Durham Cathedral.Unfortunately it was raining and we could hide...


    There is plenty to do and see in County Durham. From the Historic Cathedral city of Durham to the Maritime centre at Hartlepool. Durham has Cathedral’s, castles and medieval churches to explore.

  • Hamsterley Forest

    Hamsterley Forest is situated in the Durham Dales.Please see my tip under my Hamsterley Travel Page for more information.

  • Gibside - Statue of Liberty

    At the end of the mile long walk down the avenue from the chapel, sits the Statue of Liberty. Not at all like its namesake in New york, it is more akin to Nelson's column in London.

  • Gibside - The Hall

    The main house of the estate was a celebrated stately home, now reduced to a shell after becoming vacant in the 1940s, when death duties forced the Bowes-Lyon family to scale back its lavish lifestyle and give up some of its great houses.The hall was owned by the Bowes-Lyon family (Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorn) who also owned nearby Streatlam...

  • Gibside Orangery

    In the Gibside grounds there is a charming orangery. Although now ruined it retains much of its charm. It was formally used to grow exotic plants for the estate and contained a boiler which heated the building to the correct temperature.

  • Gibside Chapel

    Technically now in Tyne and Wear, Gibside was formally in County Durham until 1974 and is stil most asociated with the county.The Gibside Estate, overlooking the River Derwent about four mileswest of Gateshead, was created by land owner and coal baron George Bowesbetween 1729 and 1760For whatever reason, the estate was allowed to fall into...

  • Raby Castle

    Unfortunately the castle was closed as we passed, you could not even get in the grounds. It opens selected days in summer only.The present castle was built by John, 3rd Baron Nevill in about 1360; Sir Henry Vane the Elder, MP, purchased Raby in 1626 and his family still own Raby, now the home of Lord Barnard's family. Raby is one of the finest...

  • Egglestone Abbey

    The charming ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white canons', picturesquely set above a bend in the River Tees near Barnard Castle. Remains include much of the 13th-century church and a range of living quarters, with traces of their ingenious toilet drainage system.In the care of English HeritageAdmission free

  • Bowes Castle

    Bowes castle is in the small village of Bowes, some 8kms west of Barnard Castle.The castle is thought to have been built by Alan, Earl of Richmond, soon after the Norman conquest of 1066 on the site of the old Roman fort, a date of 1087 indicating how strategic the location was to the Normans. It appears to have been involved in considerable...

  • Barnard Castle - Bowes Museum

    The museum lies just outside the town of Barnard Castle, built in the style of a French chateau, unfortunately we did not have the time to visit this trip.It has one of the most impressive collections of pictures, ceramics, textiles, tapestries, clocks and costumes in the north of England. The Bowes Museum developed from the collection of John...

  • Barnard Castle - The River Tees

    Barnard Castle stands on the River Tees which is quite shallow at this point. From the castle you get a fine view of the river and the point where the Romans forded it just downstream.

  • Barnard Castle - County Bridge

    We came into town via the County Bridge, an old bridge, built in its current form in 1569 . It lies at the foot of the castle hill. You can park near here for free and walk up to the castle and main town.

  • Barnard Castle - Butter Market

    In the town centre, the octagonal Market cross, or Butter Market, served a number of purposes, dairy produce was sold here and it was also the town's lock up, Town Hall and Court House.

  • Barnard Castle - The Castle

    Taking its name from Bernard de Balliol, who rebuilt it in the 12th century, the castle stands on a rocky hill overlooking the River Tees.Unsuccessfully besieged by the Scots in 1216, it was confiscated when John de Balliol, briefly King of Scotland, was deposed by Edward I. It last saw action during the Northern Rising against Queen Elizabeth in...

  • Barnard Castle

    Barnard Castle is a castle and also the name of its surrounding town in Teesdale, County Durham, England. It sits on the north side of the River Tees, opposite Startforth. Other than the castle, Bowes Museum and the Butter Market are among the town's other attractions.

  • Durham Market Square

    This is, like all European markets, a perfect place to watch people and just hang out. You can also find some unique local merchandise.

  • Hiking along the River Wear

    It doesn't cost a thing to do this. And not only do you get some great views of the city, but it also affords an opportunity for some needed exercise.

  • Durham University Botanic Garden

    This is the finest garden in Durham. It is managed by Durham University. The Visitor Centre was established in 1988 by Durham University Chancellor Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias. It hosts seminars and talks on horticulture and other subjects.

  • Boat rides on the River Wear

    On the banks of the River Wear, near the Durham city centre, one can take a narrated boat tour around the city.

  • Durham Castle

    Durham Castle was built shortly after the Norman conquest, some 900 years ago. This, together with the Cathedral, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It now houses Durham University.Guided tours are available. No photos are allowed inside.

  • Durham Cathedral

    This huge cathedral towers over everything around it, much as Lincoln Cathedral does. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it was completed in 1093, shortly after the Norman conquest.The central tower provides an awesome view. Note also the heavy door knocker. In the Dark Ages, a fugitive could gain refuge inside the Cathedral. All he had to do was go...


    "Durham is one of the great experiences of Europe to the eyes of those who appreciate architecture, and to the minds of those who understand architecture." (Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England.) This beautiful building has the tombs of St. Cuthbert, St. Oswald and also The Bede.

  • Speechlessly beautiful

    From the riverside walk (opposite of the Cathedral), the view can make you stop in every two steps. Over 900 years old Durham Cathedral along the river bank...what a picturesque place.Before crossing the Framwelgate Bridge towards the Market place, on your right hand side there is a stair leading to the riverside walk. The path will take you to the...

  • Museum - Former Home Of The Queen Mother

    The Bowes was designed and purpose-built as a public art gallery by the French architect Jules Pellechet. It opened in 1892. The Museum has public galleries on three floors.The Bowes Museum originated in a private foundation created between 1862 and 1875 by John & Josephine Bowes. It has a collection of European fine and decorative arts of the...

  • Open Air Museum. Life In The 1800s to...

    Welcome to Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum, where the past comes to life. Beamish is unique. We're no ordinary museum but a living, working experience of life as it was in the Great North in the early 1800s and 1900s.

  • Visit Durham Cathedral.

    There are fantastic views from the top of the tower. This picture was taken from my college dining room.


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