Durham County Cricket Club is located in Chester–le-Street, a historic market town in the Vale of Durham . Proud of its Christian heritage, evidence of religious significance can be found throughout the town Follow the town Heritage Trail to explore the history of the town and take in the sites, including St Mary and St Cuthbert’s Church, while Cuddy’s Course walking trail traces the route of the Community of St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, from here to Durham City, via Finchale Priory.
No visit to the Vale of Durham would be complete without a trip to Beamish – The Living Museum of the North. This open-air attraction brings the past to life, vividly recreating life in the North East through the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods. Or discover your wild side at Beamish Wild, an adventure woodland where visitors can scale the tree tops, tackle the Burma Bridge, jump the leap of faith and free-fall on the incredible power fan.
Discover more of Durham and explore historic Durham City, the breathtaking Durham Dales and the dramatic Durham Coast.
A short drive into Durham City will allow you to discover the treasures of the world famous Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site, or marvel at an unrivalled collection of antiquities in Durham University’s Oriental Museum. Take in the sights and smells of Durham’s glorious gardens, including Crook Hall and Durham University’s Botanic Garden.
The striking scenery of the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty provides peace and tranquillity or the perfect chance to get outdoors and active, with walking and cycling trails revealing unforgettable views. At Hamsterley Forest you will find 2,000 hectares of woodland to explore, or get back to nature at High Force waterfall, a truly magnificent sight. Experience the dramatic views and rugged beauty of the Durham Heritage Coast, with nearby Dalton Park, the region’s biggest outlet shopping centre.
For those craving culture, The Bowes Museum houses an impressive collection of European fine and decorative arts in a building as impressive as the exhibits within. Or immerse yourself in history and heritage at Raby Castle, one of England’s finest medieval castles.
Durham plays host to many more treasures too, visitors can board a steam train at Locomotion – The National Railway Museum at Shildon, or experience the life of a Victorian lead miner at Killhope – The North of England Lead Mining Museum in the Durham Dales.
And for some family fun, Durham has a host of great days out including Hall Hill Farm and Adventure Valley.
When it’s time to refuel, whether you want to relax in one of Durham’s cosy pubs with a hearty meal, enjoy a tasty tearoom treat or indulge in a stylish restaurant, it’s all on the menu in Durham. Look out for the TasteDurham mark, a sign of great food and service.
Whether you choose Durham City, the Durham Dales, Vale of Durham or the Durham Coast as a base for your trip to Durham, you'll find accommodation to suit every taste and budget.
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