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Durham Castle and Cathedral The Greenhead is likely to appeal to visitors looking to visit the magnificent Norman Cathedral of Durham. Founded in 1093, it is one of the great architectural experiences of Europe, and together with the adjacent Castle, is a World Heritage Site.

You can take a "virtual tour" here or read more about the cultural city of Durham here www.culturedurham.com

 

Other attractions at Durham City include the D.L.I. Museum, the Oriental Museum, and Durham University Botanic Gardens - set in 18 acres of mature woodland with exotic trees from America and the Himalayas, there is a Tropical house, cactus house, butterflies and insects, plant sales, Prince Bishops Garden and Visitor Centre with café.

 

The Greenhead lies at the foot of The Durham Dales. Part of the North Pennines, it is one of England's largest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty with waterfalls, river valleys and wildflower meadows. 

 


Three firsts that can be experienced within easy travelling distance:

bulletThe Highest Market Town in England (Alston)
bulletThe Highest Road in England (with breathtaking views!)
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The Highest Waterfall in England (High Force)

Lovers of long distance walks should check out the Weardale Way.  77 miles through the heart of Weardale.

 

High Force

 

Bowes Museum A return via Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, and Raby Castle will provide an excellent day out. Or for an excellent insight into some of our Industrial Heritage, visit Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum.

Pictures of Weardale tours can be found here.

Shildon National Railway Museum. celebrates the birth of the Railways.

The Timothy Hackworth Railway Museum tells of his part in the creation of the Stockton & Darlington Railway.

Also check out The Weardale Railway and The Weardale Museum and North Pennine Walks.

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Another day might include a visit to Beamish Museum, voted the “Best Open Air Museum in Europe”. At least six hours will be needed to fully experience working life at the turn of the century.

 

Beamish Museum
Hadrian's Wall Into your stay additional days out can be planned with a visit to Corbridge, where a specialised visitor centre will advise on the best vantage points for visiting Chester's and Housesteads Roman forts and Hadrian’s Wall.

An evening might consist of a forest drive through the centre of Hamsterley Forest and a peaceful walk before an excellent meal in the village.

   There is much for the sports enthusiast:

Chester-le-Street is home to Durham County Cricket Club, offering a full programme of First Class County Cricket. Their Riverside ground has views towards the River Wear and historic Lumley Castle, and on occasions is host to International Class Matches.

Durham County Cricket Club Grounds

There are sixteen golf clubs in County Durham offering temporary membership. The nearest is Crook Golf Club 3 miles from The Greenhead, at Low Job's Hill, Crook.

A relaxing break for anglers will be most productive, with some renowned river spots close by! And don't forget all the leisure centres, football grounds, tennis courts...... go-fish
North-East Coastline Over recent years the County Durham coastline has been completely regenerated. Several car parks and picnic areas offer access to the coast, and there is an 11 mile walk from Crimdon to Seaham along the cliff-tops and (tide permitting) beaches.

A fine set of beach, and cliff top walks can be found here stretching from Seaburn to South Shields.