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The Durham City skyline is one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe, and is dominated by the majestic Durham Cathedral and the adjacent Durham Castle, which together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Durham City was voted “Best City in the UK” by Conde Nast magazine and is the quintessential old English University City. It has a wonderful timeless quality with rowing on the River Wear and relaxing riverside walks, and yet buzzes with a vibrant contemporary culture with superb cafés, artisan workshops, boutiques, galleries and museums.

Durham University’s Oriental Museum is the only museum in the North of Britain devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the orient, and Palace Green Library is nestled between the Castle and Cathedral and displays some of their own riches. The Durham Light Infantry Museum, one of the finest regimental museums in the country, and also shares its home with the Durham Art Gallery.

If you prefer shows to museums then head to the Gala Theatre, the city’s main entertainments venue. Escape to one of Durham City’s many green spaces including Crook Hall and Gardens, a beautiful oasis of peace and tranquillity in the heart of the city, while Durham University’s Botanic Garden is a delight throughout the seasons.

Venture further afield and experience the Durham Dales, the Vale of Durham and Durham Coast.

Get a glimpse of times gone by at award-winning attractions across the county. Board a tram at Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, VisitEngland’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012, or discover the county’s role in the development of the railways at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Discover some of Durham’s incredible castles, including Auckland Castle in the Vale of Durham, which was the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham for over 900 years, and Raby Castle in the Durham Dales, one of England’s finest medieval castles.

In the Durham Dales you can experience The Bowes Museum, a magnificent French-style chateau which houses an impressive collection of fine and decorative arts in a building as impressive as the exhibits within. Or head to Killhope – an award-winning museum where you can experience the life of a Victorian lead miner.

If you like to get outdoors and active then escape to the countryside and discover the breathtaking surroundings of the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 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. And if you prefer coast to countryside head to the Durham Coast where you can explore the colourful and dramatic landscapes of the heritage coastline, discovering imposing headlands and rugged cliffs revealing dramatic views.

For more information and to plan your perfect break visit the official tourism website here.

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