Durham is overflowing with charm so seductive you may fall in love with it and decide never to leave. No one would blame you - it's nothing short of sensational. Dominating the city centre is the Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Norman cathedral is one of the finest surviving examples of its type and has an impressive collection of historical artefacts, including three original copies of the Magna Carta.
The Award winning Beamish Museum is a great family activity, especially for those with kids who enjoy being hands-on. With trams to ride and animals to feed, it is a day they won't forget; and the Bowes Museum in the Durham Dales is also worth a visit. Durham University is one of the best in the UK and has a breathtaking botanic garden. As well as lending the city a youthful vibe, the university also ensures you're never short of places for great coffee or a pint!
Head out of the city and you'll discover the Durham Dales, a pristine landscape where the scaling of a hill is rewarded with an incredible view. Hamsterley Forest is an exhilarating family day out, with cycling and walking paths, horse riding trails, play areas and 2000 hectares of woodland. The North Pennines is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you really need to see High Force Waterfall. Durham Heritage Coast has won awards for the quality of its landscape and is popular with anyone who appreciates nature.
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