Durham

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Places to stay in Durham

The perfect blend of stunning countryside and historically important treasures, Durham is sure to enthral the whole family. Boasting the Durham Cathedral which is viewed as the finest Norman building in Europe, the city’s castle is also a World Heritage Site and the Durham's Heritage Coast won the UK Landscape Award in 2010 - what better place to explore with the kids?

Explore the Durham Dales and the stunning Durham Heritage Coast, be enthralled by the museums and beautiful gardens; whatever kind of holiday you fancy, Durham will leave no room for boredom!

 
Hostels in Durham
Hostels in Durham

If you want to be in the heart of Durham – and trust us, once you know more about this beautiful medieval city, you will – YHA Durham is an ideal location for your stay. As one of the oldest colleges in the university, St Chad’s is only open as a hostel during the college’s summer holidays, but is the perfect base for a family’s summertime stay.

 

Five Free Things To Do In Durham

Durham Cathedral
This was one of the first ever World Heritage Sites and a fine example of Norman architecture, but what the kids will really want to know is that it was the setting for both the interior and exterior scenes of Hogwarts in the much-loved Harry Potter films.

Locomotion: The National Railway Museum
The first national museum built in the north east, Locomotion opened in 2004 at Shildon. That’s not the only first this attraction boasts; the first ever steam-hauled passenger train is housed here.

Low Barns Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre
Spend the day at this forty hectare nature reserve and enjoy not only a nature trail, woodland, ponds, a stunning lake and a river, but also an observatory, bird hides and a butterfly garden.

Pow Hill Country Park
Telling the kids they are off to visit a bog may have them giggling, but this Site of Special Scientific Interest is a great place to spend your time. The area of moorland is home to specialised plants such as cotton grass, marsh thistle and ragged robin, and many animals call this type of land home. Look out for red squirrels, slow worms and common lizards, and take a picnic to enjoy in the glades for the perfect addition to your visit.

Bowes Castle
Head towards the Stainmore Pass over the Pennines and there you’ll find Henry II's 12th century tower keep, set inside the earthworks of a Roman fort. These imposing ruins will spark up the whole family’s imagination.

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