Durham is the perfect place to escape to this summer. With everything from world-class historic sites to natural wonders right on the doorstep, there’s more to our city in the North East than meets the eye.
Check out our run-down of the top things to do this summer below.
This living museum allows you to step back in time and discover what life was like through the early 1900s. Visit bakeries and watch traditional Edwardian recipes being baked, take a tour of the Mahogany Drift Mine, and discover more about steam trains at Rowley station.
High Force Waterfalls
Feel the force of this magnificent waterfall in the heart of the Durham Dales. This 21-metre natural wonder dates back 300 million years. And with a gentle woodland walk that leads you to the gorge, it’s the perfect place to stretch your legs on a sunny day.
Sea glass hunting at Seaham Beach
Seaham Beach is renowned for the sea glass that gets washed up on the shore each day. The glass dates back to the Victorian and Edwardian eras, when Seaham and nearby Sunderland were home to several glassworks and bottleworks. You’ll always find lots of people collecting the glass to create artwork, jewellery, or simply take home as a souvenir of their staycation by the sea.
Perhaps the most famous of all Durham’s landmarks is the cathedral. Stroll around the nearby riverbank trails, discover more about the building’s fascinating history, or climb the 325 steps to the top of the central tower and take in the breathtaking views of the city and beyond.
Lickety Split ice cream parlour
Ever tasted award-winning ice cream? Take a stroll along Seaham seafront and head to Lickety Split for your ice cream fix. With a wide selection of sundaes, ice cream cones and shakes to choose from, the 1950s-inspired parlour is the best place for summertime sweet treats.
Durham University Botanic Garden
Explore the beautiful 10-hectare botanic garden on the outskirts of the city and get lost in the beauty of nature. The site is home to an Alpine Garden, Bamboo Grove, Tropical Rainforest House and more. Summer is the perfect time to visit, as the sun will be shining and the borders and wildflower meadows are in bloom.
Hundreds of years of history, 200 acres of glorious gardens, and one of the UK’s finest collections of art and artefacts – Raby Castle is the perfect place to while away a summer’s day. Hire bikes and explore the grounds and walled garden, take a tour of the castle itself, and tuck into a cream tea in the cafe.