County Durham Travel Guide

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Durham

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Barnard Castle

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Chester-le-Street

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Darlington

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Billingham-on-Tees

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Sedgefield

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Seaham

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Durham

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  • KNOCK KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR

    Durham Local Customs

    If you have the privilege of walking through the Palace Green towards the North Door of Durham Cathedral, you will see a lion/beast looking bronze door knocker. During the Medieval ages, this was a holy ‘get out of jail free card’. Even for murder! If you could outrun locals with torches and pitchforks, angry fathers or what passed for law...

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  • Premier Inn Durham City Centre

    Durham Hotels

    I have absolutely no complaints about this hotel. The location is excellent, the staff are very...

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  • Sourbugger's guide to the Pubs of Durham

    Durham Nightlife

    At one point the City of Durham had more pubs than you could shake a stick at. I believe there were over 30 along Elvet alone.For a tourist I would most easily recomend the "Swan and three Cygnets" on Elvet Bridge. It's got good real ales, old-fashioned food that is good value and an outside seating area overlooking the bridge.I would also point...

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Barnard Castle

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  • Central Town.

    Barnard Castle Restaurants

    It was nearly two o' clock (the time when most pubs stop serving lunch) and we were hungry! After a couple of failed attempts at rural pubs (closed) we hurried into Barnard castle, parked in the car park and looked at a couple of pub menus. We chose the Golden Lion, it seemed to have a good menu at reasonable prices and served food all day....

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  • The Rose & Crown

    Barnard Castle Hotels

    Romaldkirk, Barnard Castle, DL12 9EB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Farmers' Market

    Barnard Castle Shopping

    I came across a stall selling Parkin, a ginger cake renowned in Yorkshire. The stall holder informed me that the cake had been baked the previous day. He advised me to keep it as long as possible as the flavour improves. However after 24 hours more, I gave in.The cake was moist and with a full ginger flavour. Delicious I also bought some...

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Chester-le-Street

  • St Mary and St Cuthbert’s Church

    Chester-le-Street Things to Do

    The town's religious journey began with Cuthbert who began his career as a monk at Melrose Abbey. He travelled throughout Northumbria promoting spirituality until he was commissioned to reform the Lindisfarne monastery in 600 AD. He spent his final years as a bishop at Lindisfarne (Holy Island).The Lindsfarne community brought the coffin of...

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  • Tulip Inn Jarvis Springfield

    Chester-le-Street Hotels

    Durham Road, Gateshead, Durham NE9

  • A lunch take out!

    Chester-le-Street Restaurants

    This award winning family butchers sells sandwiches, savouries and soup as well as meats. I bought a cheese and onion roll, vegetable soup and roll for my lunch whilst in the town. The food was good although the vegetable soup was rather lukewarm, which was a pity. It cost around 3.00 gbp for my lunch (March 2013).Dicksons won Coutts Award in 2010...

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Darlington

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  • South Park

    Darlington Things to Do

    South Park is a large municipal park south of Darlington with 91 acres with a lake. This was opened to the public as Belasses Park in 1853 and was the first of the kind in the North East of England. There is a lot to see and do there including play areas for the children. There are some interesting historic buildings in the park which has gone back...

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  • Travelodge Darlington

    Darlington Hotels

    Over Christmas 2013 my parents, my niece and I stayed one night at this lovely new Travelodge...

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  • The Darlington 'Brick Train'

    Darlington Things to Do

    This sculpture was commissioned by David Mach who created it in 1997 to celebrate Darlington's rich railway heritage. The 'Brick Train' was opened the same year and is situated next to Morrisons at Morton Park Industrial Estate.185,000 bricks were used in constructing the 'Brick Train' along with 170 cubic metres of concrete. It took just over five...

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Billingham-on-Tees

  • Walking in certain areas at night.

    Billingham-on-Tees Warnings and Dangers

    Walking in the parks and certain areas around can be dangerous if walking alone, there are groups of gangs which can be known to hang around, or drunks late at night. It is generally obvious where isnt safe to walk aslong as you keep aware of yourself. The place is generally safe but like most places there are areas which arent. John Whithead Park,...

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  • Sedgefield Race Course

    Billingham-on-Tees Things to Do

    Racing is part of the history of Sedgefield with the first races said to take place in 1846.The racecourse is set amongst the countryside and is always extremly friendly. The facilities are high quality and close to the action views. The racecourse hosts 20 jumpraces 11months of the year. They also offer various hospitality packages for days out at...

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  • Knotty Hill Golf Course

    Billingham-on-Tees Things to Do

    Another beautifully located golf course this one nearer to sedgefield. A course which at present is always being developed and is extremly modern and well kept. There are two courses the bishops and the princes both of which have 18 holes which are widely varied. The courses are set amongst farmland and feel like your really away from it all, they...

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Sedgefield

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  • Hardwick Park

    Sedgefield Things to Do

    My family and I paid a visit to this incredible Country Park during Christmas 2013. It was great for taking my niece's dog out for a walk in the park and its woodlands.It was a cold and windy day but we enjoyed the walk around the lake and its woodlands. We had a look at the Gothic ruins on the walk and enjoyed the surrounding woodlands.Hardwick...

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  • Best Western Hardwick Hall Hotel...

    Sedgefield Hotels

    Sedgefield, Sedgefield, Durham, TS21 2EH, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • GAMBLE!

    Sedgefield Things to Do

    Like it? This your stop...Sedgefield RacecourseREMEMBER: Helicopter landing facilities are available at the course by prior permission.copied from their site...Getting to the RacecourseFax: 01740 620663View MapBy RoadSedgefield is conveniently placed five minutes from Junction 60 off the A1(M), and is clearly signposted from there. The Racecourse...

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