County Durham Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by tim07
  • Durham Castle & River Wear
    Durham Castle & River Wear
    by spidermiss
  • Things to Do
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County Durham Highlights

  • Pro
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    stevezero says…

     lots to see, nice scenery 

  • Con
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    NoodleT says…

     Hilly 

  • In a nutshell
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    NoodleT says…

     Count the cobbles 

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Durham

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Darlington

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Barnard Castle

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Chester-le-Street

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17,35,1

Billingham-on-Tees

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Newton Aycliffe

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0,3,4

Sedgefield

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Haughton-le-Skerne

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Brandon

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Seaham

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Durham

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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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  • Ramside Hall Classic Hotel & Golf Club

    Durham Hotels

    Ive stayed at the ramside many times, its just off the A1 about 10mins out of durham. its a golf...

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  • A PEACEFUL SPOT TO PICNIC

    Durham Off The Beaten Path

    FINCHALE PRIORY ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER WEAR, IS ONLY A SHORT DISTANCE FROM DURHAM CITY,ITS OFTEN OVERLOOKED BY VISITORS TO THE AREA,I HAVE A LOT OF VERY FOND MEMORIES FROM MY CHILDHOOD DAYS SPENT CAMPING HEAR,THIS IS A REALY NICE RIVERSIDE PLACE TO VISIT,TAKE TIME TO VISIT AND HAVE A PICNIC ,I BELIEVE ENTRY TO THE PRIORY IS FREE. THERE IS ALSO A...

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Darlington

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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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  • King's Head Hotel Darlington

    Darlington Hotels

    I didn't expect the Ritz for this price but I did expect better value. The Room was clean with...

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  • A Filling Start to the Day!

    Darlington Restaurants

    My parents, niece and I had breakfast at the Toby Carvery. We had a filling but satisfying breakfast at Toby's. It only cost us 5.00-6.00 gbp (December 2013) each including a drink for which I had an orange juice.This pleasant restaurant is infamous for its carvery which is served daily. Please check out the website for more information. We opted...

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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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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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Haughton-le-Skerne

  • Traditional Pub

    Haughton-le-Skerne Nightlife

    Typical English pub, well traditional for a "town" pub rather than a "country" pub. Two big rooms and "cosy" without being overly comfortable. Anything goes

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  • English Chips

    Haughton-le-Skerne Local Customs

    "Foreigners" should be aware that English chips are not like "french fries" or "belgian frites" or anything. The ones you will get from McDonalds or Burger King might be a bit like that, but REAL chips from an English chip shop are not. For one thing, they're a lot thicker, and usually they are not crispy. Some places do do them with a bit of...

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  • Best Chips In Town

    Haughton-le-Skerne Restaurants

    Chipmates is one of the best chip shops that I know, and it has been for the entire time that I've lived here (18+ years). It's just your standard English chippy, serving Fish, Chips, Sausage, "Patties", Pies, Peas and so on - oh, and Dandelion & Burdock to wash it down.Has recently branched into Pizza delivery too - can't comment, I only go for...

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Brandon

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  • Buses and Taxis

    Brandon Transportation

    Brandon and Meadowfield are about 3 or 4 miles from Durham....quite a walk, up and down hills, and not the most pleasant as the roads are busy. You could take a walk over Prebends Bridge in Durham, climb the hill and pass through a couple of fields to Obserbatory Hill near Nevilles Cross, from where there is a great view over Durham. Half a mile...

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  • St Brandon Church, Brancepeth

    Brandon Things to Do

    Don't do what we nearly did and stop at the driveway to the castle. We thought we might have been trespassing, and were half expecting some eccentric aristocrat to take potshots at us with an antique rifle...but this is actually a right of way as the castle drive leads to the historic village church of St Brandon. Apparently, this church was gutted...

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  • Brancepeth Castle

    Brandon Things to Do

    I was surprised by this well hidden stone castle. From the road, the only signpost is for a golf course, so you wouldn't know that a Norman castle lurks beyond the anonymous gate. From outside, it looks like private property, but there's nothing to stop you wandering down the driveway and past the trees, where the impressive castle reveals itself....

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Top County Durham Hotels

Durham Hotels
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Darlington Hotels
81 Reviews - 237 Photos
Barnard Castle Hotels
41 Reviews - 135 Photos
Newton Aycliffe Hotels
4 Hotels
Sedgefield Hotels
5 Reviews - 37 Photos
Chester-le-Street Hotels
17 Reviews - 35 Photos
Bishop Auckland Hotels
11 Hotels
Billingham-on-Tees Hotels
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