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Durham is a sweeping emerald canvas with breathtaking dales, a dramatic coastline, a vale steeped in history and a vibrant city at its heart.

Visit medieval Durham City where the winding cobbled streets lead to the imposing Durham Cathedral and adjacent castle – together forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided tour or explore Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral’s new world-class visitor experience where you can journey through 2,000 years of history.

See the past come to life at amazing attractions across the county. In the Vale of Durham, board a tram at award-winning Beamish: The Living Museum of the North, and in the Durham Dales look out for the resident deer at Raby Castle, one of England’s finest medieval castles, or head to Killhope, an award-winning Victorian mining museum. Plus, don’t miss Kynren – an epic tale of England – a spectacular live-action outdoor night show that takes place between July and August, taking audiences on a captivating 90-minute journey through British history, myth and legend.

For those craving culture, you will find a host of fascinating museums across the county too. In Durham City, Durham University’s Oriental Museum is the only museum in the North of Britain dedicated to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of Northern Africa and Asia. And in the Durham Dales you will encounter the surprising sight of a French-style chateau as The Bowes Museum comes into view – home to one of the greatest collections of fine and decorative arts, and the famous Silver Swan.

Take some tranquil time out in one of the county’s many green spaces. Crook Hall and Gardens is an oasis of calm just a short stroll from Durham City centre, and Durham University Botanic Garden is a delight throughout the seasons.

Durham’s great outdoors provide the perfect opportunity to get active or enjoy some peace and tranquility. For walking and cycling breaks, escape to the breathtaking surroundings of the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, home to High Force waterfall – a magnificent sight. At Hamsterley Forest you will find 2,000 hectares of woodland to explore, or stroll along the coastal path to discover dramatic views of the Durham Heritage Coast. Watch the video to see what Ben Fogle got up to when he visited the county.

Let us entertain you. Head to Gala Theatre in Durham City for the best in live entertainment, or if you prefer sport to shows, catch the county team and international action at the Emirates Riverside Stadium in the Vale of Durham.

If you love to shop, Durham City provides quite the setting for a little retail therapy. Across the county, towns including Bishop Auckland and Chester-le-Street in the Vale of Durham, Barnard Castle and Stanhope in the Durham Dales and Seaham on the Durham Coast offer their own unique shopping experiences. And if you’re hunting for a bargain, head to Dalton Park – the region’s biggest outlet shopping centre.

For accommodation and more ideas of things to see and do visit thisisdurham.com.

Durham Cathedral
@durhamcathedral • 34m
Join us for our next history walk on 24 June and explore the Cathedral's heritage woodlands & riverbanks… t.co/xjgBl9onIf
Durham Cathedral
@durhamcathedral • 18h
The Noli me Tangere stone was once part of the 12thC Rood Screen at @durhamcathedral, a dividing wall between the A… t.co/av7PcbA1Cl
Durham Cathedral
@durhamcathedral • 21h
#Lumiere returns this November! We'll be organising a special Patron event in the run up to Lumiere with… t.co/v2noX1jlTi
Beamish Museum
@Beamish_Museum • 22h
This Beamish visitor was obviously very pleased to meet Rob, our Station Porter, at Rowley Station! t.co/d2zeWsOQqO
Durham Cathedral
@durhamcathedral • 23h
There's still time to book for our flower arranging workshop on Wednesday t.co/QpHXXml0Af @moredurhamt.co/ojsgBWZUUJ
Durham Cathedral
@durhamcathedral • 25h
The new exhibition at @PalaceGreenLib opens today, featuring H G Wells's original manuscript for The Time Machine!… t.co/CeImiEwtLR
Auckland Castle
@aucklandcastle • 25h
Attending our FREE tours this weekend? Send us in your photos, we'd love to see them! t.co/MDPmaMbbDQ
Durham Cathedral
@durhamcathedral • 28h
Auckland Castle
@aucklandcastle • 26 May
Today @aucklandcastle gave Durham Tourism Superstar, Alan a gift for all of his efforts! t.co/aAh5edYDJM
Durham Cathedral
@durhamcathedral • 26 May
.@DeernessGA set a new @GWR at @durhamcathedral as a human skipping rope! Look out for them tomorrow on @cbbct.co/g0xwRMLoLX