Durham is a great vantage point for locations in the North and the North East of England as well as scotland, but there is a lot to see in Durham itself…
Durham is situated in the North-East of England, with good road links to the rest of the country. This is an ideal location if you want to start your holiday with a choice of bustling city, wild countryside or rugged coastline – this area has it all.
The Durham Dales
The stunning Durham Dales are part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a tranquil landscape with moors, rivers, hills and valleys. There are many market towns and quaint villages to explore, and ample opportunities for walking and cycling.
The waterfall ‘High Force’ is well worth a visit – at 21 metres it is reputedly the highest unbroken fall of water in England.
Durham Heritage Coast
The coastline running along the Northeast has been internationally recognized for the rich diversity of plants and animals living there. This area won the UK Landscape Award in 2010, and every year thousands of people enjoy its remarkable beauty.
The coastal town of Seaham enjoys fantastic views over the cliffs, as well as a sandy beach and bustling harbour. Nearby, the Dalton Park Shopping Centre is a very well specified retail park, so ideal for stocking up on your holiday essentials.
The Cathedral and nearby Durham Castle were one of the first ever World Heritage Sites. The Cathedral is hailed as one of the finest Norman buildings in the world – partly due to the quality of the architecture, and partly its imposing location at the peak of a hill. It is one of the UK’s premier landmarks, and it attracts many visitors from across the world.
Durham City is a characterful blend of cobbled streets and modern shopping. It is a classic university city, and visitors can enjoy rowing down the River Wear or relaxing in one of the many cafés and bars.
There are many award-winning attractions in the Durham region. Beamish – The Living Museum of the North is a unique opportunity to experience life in the Northeast through the ages. Not your standard museum: it is a living working experience of a town in the Northeast, many years ago.
Diggerland is a great day out for kids – it’s all about diggers! It’s a hands-on experience and perfect for children to let off steam after a long journey.