‘Do Durham Differently’ in 2024 – discover the UK’s ultimate staycation destination

From city breaks to rural escapes and a whole lot more, there are endless possibilities for an unforgettable staycation in Durham.

History that intrigues…

Once home to the Prince Bishops of Durham, Auckland Castle is now at the centre of The Auckland Project’s unique collection of attractions, galleries, historic parkland and gardens. The Faith Museum is the latest addition and is the first museum in England telling stories of diverse faiths in Britain spanning 6,000 years.

At Raby Castle in the Durham Dales, get set for The Rising opening in spring 2024. Think restored heritage buildings, reimagined gardens, stylish shopping and local food served in the new Vinery Restaurant, set against the backdrop of one of England’s finest medieval castles.

And no visit to Durham is complete without a trip to the Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site.

… to attractions that amaze

Travel back in time at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, where costumed folk, vintage vehicles, period buildings and traditional food and drink bring the past to life. And there’s more to come, including a 1950s cinema and toy shop, Georgian pottery workshop, tavern and Georgian-themed self-catering accommodation.

Located in the world’s first railway town, get up close to incredible feats of engineering at Locomotion. This spring, a new exhibition hall will open, making the museum home to the largest undercover collection of historic rail vehicles on one site in the world!

Cultural treasures…

Expect the unexpected at The Bowes Museum, a building as breathtaking as the internationally significant collections of fine art, fashion, furniture and more within.

More cultural treasures await at The Auckland Project, including 16th and 17th century Spanish masterpieces at the Spanish Gallery, and fascinating artworks and objects at the Mining Art Gallery.

And at Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, centuries of art and history are waiting to be discovered.

…to natural wonders

Whether it’s blowing away the cobwebs on the Durham Heritage Coast or exploring the wild heather moorlands and tranquil valleys of the Durham Dales – choose from hundreds of walking and cycling routes in Durham’s great outdoors.

Plus, don’t miss the drama of High Force Waterfall, before enjoying the magic of stargazing under some of the darkest skies in the UK.

And incredible places to stay…

For a vibrant city break, experience the riverside views of Radisson Blu Hotel or the Victorian opulence of Hotel Indigo. Looking for a seaside spa experience? Relax at the luxurious 5-star Seaham Hall Hotel. Or for a cosy country escape, check into Headlam Hall or the Rose and Crown at Romaldkirk.

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