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A visit to Raby Castle provides the perfect opportunity to explore more of the Durham Dales, and discover more of an extraordinary county. From attractions to incredible natural wonders and stunning scenery, the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will take your breath away.

The Bowes Museum is a magnificent French-style chateau in the nearby market town of Barnard Castle. The museum houses one of the greatest collections of fine and decorative arts in Europe, as well as the 230 year old Silver Swan.

A photo opportunity not to be missed is High Force waterfall. One of England's most spectacular waterfalls it is a must-visit. Or get outdoors and active at Hamsterley Forest where you will discover 2,000 hectares of woodland offering cycling and walking routes galore.

Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum: a multi-award-winning Victorian Museum and the most complete lead mining site in Great Britain. It features a huge working water wheel and visitors can experience the life and work of lead mining families and put on hard hats to descend into the mine to take a tour underground - an unforgettable experience.

Why not stay a little longer and explore more of what Durham has to offer?

Step back in time in the Vale of Durham and experience Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, the largest open-air museum in England, or learn about the county's role in the development of the railways at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Uncover our fascinating history and heritage as you visit Auckland Castle which was the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham for over 900 years, or visit Durham City and discover the awe-inspiring Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From city, countryside to coast, Durham is waiting to be discovered.

For more information on what to see and do on your trip and for all your accommodation needs visit thisisdurham website.

The Bowes Museum

High Force Waterfall

Hamsterley Forest




Auckland Castle

Durham City

Durham Cathedral

Durham Castle

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