DURHAM CITY & COUNTY
EXPLORE HISTORIC DURHAM
The city of Durham offers one of the most magnificent sights you will ever see when walking up the hill towards the majestic cathedral & castle, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A beautiful, easily navigated city with perfect spots to enjoy a drink, find some peace and expore…
And then there is the county – so many hidden gems from lost coastlines, small rural escapes, villages and the vast landscapes of the Durham Dales. Take a look below at our short introduction to one of our best kept secrets…
DURHAM'S WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Durham City – what a beautiful little historic gem. You will love walking through the medieval streets, soaking up the atmosphere and taking in the sights. The city has hidden paths, independent shops and tons of nooks & crannies to discover.
The highlights is, without any doubt, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Durham Castle & Cathedral – both sitting proudly on the city’s highest points. And both waiting for your visit – you can tour the cathedral with one of our expert tour guides and, afterwards, head out through the amazing College to the riverside to get a totally different sense of place…
Whatever you are planning, plan with us and we will enrich your visit giving you a memorable experience to cherish.
THE STUNNING DURHAM DALES
One of our personal favourite places within the North East England region has to be the North Pennines, consisting of Weardale & Teesdale. Both unique in their own rights and can be easily visited in one day. August is the time of year to see the huge fields heather in full bloom but, personally, we find any time of year quite special in the dales.
As part of your tour through the dales you can expect to see wildlife, empty roads travelling off the beaten path, small village charm & some real highlights such as the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle (beautiful in itself), High Force waterfall (and many more) or the stunning village of Blanchland (technically Northumberland)…
Come on a spectacular tour with us to forgotten lead mines, fabulous views & great tales of past and present.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
You’ll find a whole host of museums and galleries across the county. Explore the fantastic Oriental or Archaeology museums in the heart of Durham city.
Or travel a little further to one of the most spectacular museums in the country in Barnard Castle – The Bowes Museum houses their magnificent collections over three floors of this French-styled building (pictured).
One of the greatest galleries in the region is found in Bishop Auckland at Auckland Castle – home to the bishops of Durham but also to the famous and impressive series of thirteen life-size paintings by Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán. Discover more on your private tour with us…
CASTLES & GARDENS
The county’s castles and historic houses are filled with dazzling art and furniture collections – not to mention swashbuckling legends and the odd ghost or two.
Discover ancient buildings in Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle, Brancpeth, Raby Castle (Staindrop) or hidden gems such as Egglestone or Derwentcote (not exactly a castle!)…
The Auckland Project is set to be one of the greatest re-openings of 2021…
HISTORY & HERITAGE
The county is a treasure trove of history – Roman legacies, Anglo Saxon stories, Viking invasions, Norman conquests, battles, the Prince Bishops, coal, railways (look out for 2025!), ship building, education…
Pick your interest (or several) and we’ll put together a tour suitable to that theme and your fellow tour party. Create your own personal tour.
A SELECTION OF DURHAM TOURS
BEST OF DURHAM WALKING TOURWelcome to beautiful Durham, home to England's third oldest university, the fabulous river Wear and UNESCO World Heritage Site Durham Cathedral & Castle. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour through time exploring this historic city.
2+ HOUR PRIVATE WALKING TOUR
AVAILABLE AS CRUISE EXCURSION
CREATE YOUR OWN BESPOKE TOUROur tours of Newcastle & North East England are highly flexible & we can arrange the perfect authentic experience for you. You be as involved as you like in the planning - add guides, transport, languages, entry fees and more...
FULLY BESPOKE & CUSTOMISED FOR YOU
FLEXIBLE FOR INDIVIDUALS & GROUPS
WANT TO DISCOVER MORE?
We have compiled some web links for you below to find out more about Durham and the region: