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Crook Hall and Gardens

A Medieval hall with Jacobean drawing room, turret and gallery, set in 4 acres of gardens including 2 walled gardens, a silver and white garden, an orchard, courtyard fountain, large moat pool and a maze. Described as 'A tapestry of colourful blooms' by Alan Titchmarsh, Crook Hall is enchanting throughout the seasons. Light lunches and home-made cream teas are served in the Georgian dining room or in the pretty little courtyard.

Durham Castle

Durham Castle, together with the Cathedral, was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site in 1986 providing international recognition for this unique, historic and scenic site. Standing side by side on a prominent hill top site and encircled by the wooded slopes of the meandering River Wear, the Castle overlooks the medieval and fascinating narrow streets of the City of Durham.

Durham University Botanic Gardens

Don't miss all that the Botanic Garden has to offer, with attractions appealing to young and old alike. Wander through the Alpine Garden, Winter Garden, Bamboo Grove and recently developed Woodland Garden and wild flower meadow. With so many places to just sit and muse, feel free to view the Modern Art or watch the bees in action in their hive.

To round off your day, why not treat yourself to something refreshing in the coffee shop, or pop into the gift shop to take away memories of your visit.

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is regarded as the finest Norman building in Europe. It is the burial place of both St Cuthbert, a great northern saint, and the Venerable Bede, author of the first English history.

The Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology

Once a key part of Durham's cloth-making industry, The Old Fulling Mill is now home to Durham University's Museum of Archaeology.

The collections on display provide a fascinating insight into the rich heritage of the North East of England, as well as showcasing items from across Europe. Highlights include outstanding Roman collections together with Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Tudor finds from Durham City and the local area.

In addition to the permanent displays, The Old Fulling Mill hosts regularly changing, temporary exhibitions and a lively program of family activities at weekends and during school holidays.

Durham Heritage Centre and Museum

A local history museum housed in a historic church close to the cathedral. The exhibition tells the story of Durham from the 10th Century to the present day using displays, artefacts, models and videos. The museum also has a program of regularly changing temporary exhibitions and an education service providing special activities for school visits. Brass rubbing is also available and there is a gift shop with refreshments.

Find trains to Durham with First TransPennine Express and visit any of these great attractions to add a bit of culture to your trip.

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