Explore Durham, the amazing county where history comes to life

Durham is a county with a fascinating past, brought to life by award-winning attractions where you can step back in time and get hands on with history

Tuesday 01 October 2019 11:39 BST
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What links Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone to Downton Abbey and Avengers: Endgame? The answer lies in Durham, the stunning county, where dramatic architecture and breath-taking scenery make it the perfect cinematic backdrop and an amazing break for all the family.

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Step onto the set of the new Downton Abbey film at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. This world-famous open-air museum brings the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s to life, whether you’re riding a vintage tram, enjoying treats at the Jubilee sweet shop or scaring sugar-loving kids into good dental hygiene with a trip to the dentist’s surgery, 1900s style.

Durham Cathedral

Follow Harry Potter’s footsteps as you explore this Hogwarts stand-in, with its beautiful medieval cloisters and famous Rose Window. Breath-taking views are your reward for climbing the 325 steps of the newly re-opened Cathedral Central Tower (get the kids to count them!).

Durham Castle

Journey back in time with a trip to Durham Castle, witness to some of England’s most momentous historic events, from the Norman Conquest to the English Civil War before becoming the first college of prestigious Durham University. Guided tours by students will provide real insight into what it’s like to live and study in a piece of history.

Journey through time with more amazing experiences across the beautiful county of Durham...

Other Durham highlights

Inspire young engineers with a visit to Locomotion in Shildon, the world’s first railway town. Ride a vintage train, watch live shunting demonstrations and explore the locomotives that helped shape our past.

Let your imagine transport you back 600 years with a visit to Raby Castle. Friendly guides will illuminate the castle’s rich past, while outside you can explore the 200-acre deer park and relax in the walled gardens.

Relax and unwind amid the renowned art and fashion collections of The Bowes Museum. Explore this beautiful Grade 1 listed French-style chateau and unlock the secrets of its romantic past.

Be among the first to visit the refurbished Auckland Castle when it re-opens on 3 November. Grab your tickets now for an awe-inspiring journey through 1,000 years of history.

With Durham only three hours from London by train, what are you waiting for? Visit https://www.thisisdurham.com/amazing to start a trip to remember

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