Choose one of the best luxury hotels North England has to offer, Seaham Hall, as your base and explore the colourful and dramatic landscape of Durham’s Heritage Coast. Its beaches, rugged cliffs and imposing headlands are not to be missed. This truly stunning location is recognised for its rare plants and wildlife, winning the UK Landscape Award in 2011. The coastal footpath provides the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and active, with walking and cycling routes revealing unforgettable views. The harbour town of Seaham has many bars and cafes, as well as an award-winning 1950s style Ice Cream parlour and one of the oldest churches in the country. And with Dalton Park, the region’s biggest outlet shopping centre nearby, there is plenty to see and do.
Why not venture further afield and discover Durham City, the Durham Dales and the Vale of Durham.
History and Heritage
Step back in time and discover the treasures of the UK’s Number One Landmark, Durham Cathedral and the adjacent Durham Castle – together forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Durham City, and one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe. History lovers can experience Durham’s rich heritage brought to life at award-winning attractions in the Vale of Durham, including Auckland Castle, home to Durham’s unique Prince Bishops for over 900 years, and Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, winner of VisitEngland’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012. Or visit Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, where in 1825 the world’s first steam-hauled passenger train departed on its historic journey. In the Durham Dales you can experience the life of a Victorian miner at Killhope – The North of England Lead Mining Museum. Plus don’t miss the impressive Raby Castle, one of England’s finest medieval castles.
The Great Outdoors and Durham’s Green Spaces
Feel the power of High Force waterfall as you explore the breathtaking scenery of the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and at nearby Hamsterley Forest you will find 2,000 hectares of woodland to explore. With free admission, you can stroll through the historic parkland of Hardwick Park in Sedgefield, and admire the natural beauty of the lake, woodland and wildlife. In Durham City, escape to one of the numerous green spaces; enjoy a quintessentially English experience at medieval Crook Hall and Gardens, whilst Durham University’s Botanic Garden is a delight throughout the seasons.
Culture and Sport
For those craving culture, The Bowes Museum is a magnificent French-style chateau in the Durham Dales, housing an impressive collection of fine and decorative arts in a building as impressive as the exhibits within. Durham City’s Gala Theatre runs a year-round programme of exciting events and performances. Or if you prefer sports to shows, head to the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground or Sedgefield Racecourse.
Seaham golf club
boasts a heathland 18 hole golf courseoverlooking a stunning coastline. With three par fives and five par threes thecourse is a true test of golf whatever your level of play. 9 hole golf is alsoavailable. The clubhouse includes bar, restaurant and social areasand you can be sure of a friendly welcome. The pro shop meets all your golfingneeds To book tee times at preferential rates please contact the clubprofessional, Andrew Blunt on 0191 5130837