Explore

Love where you live? We certainly do, and are proud to recommend some great places to visit, for those wishing to explore the area during their stay. Here are just a few:

Raby Castle

A beautiful medieval castle, with expansive parkland and walled gardens. Complete with a herd of wild red and fallow deer, Plotters Forest adventure playground and tearooms. 

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Auckland Castle 

Auckland Castle reopened in 2019 after major conservation work. A former seat of power in the North, being the residence of the Prince Bishops of Durham. Now you can explore its opulence, surrounded by a collection of galleries, gardens, parkland and events. Events, such as Kynren, a dazzling outdoor theatre spectacular. 

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Barnard Castle 

A nearby market town named after the castle around which it was built. Barnard Castle can be seen set on a high rock with impressive views overlooking the River Tees. A lovely place for riverside walks along the Teesdale Way. The town is also home to Bowes Museum, surrounded by gardens and parkland, this museum holds a significant collection of European fine and decorative arts.

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Durham

Durham is home to the impressive Durham Cathedral and nearby castle. Both listed by UNESCO as world heritage sites. The River Wear runs alongside the city which offers enjoyable walks, cruises and rowing boats. 

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Coast

The nearest beach, can be found at Seaton Carew, Hartlepool. Following the coastline north, you can experience the Durham Heritage Coast, from Sunderland to Hartlepool. An area worthy of Heritage Coast status with one of the finest coastlines in England. 

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Hamsterley Forest 

Hamsterley is spread out across 2000 hectares of mixed woodland, making it County Durham’s largest forest.  

The forest has an extensive network of trails and paths and is a favourite spot for mountain bikers. For the younger ones, there is a play park and themed trails.  


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