Things to do

Durham is bursting with cultural and heritage attractions. For a full list of must-see attractions and hidden gems, go to www.thisisdurham.com, but here are a few ideas to get you started...

Our Arts and Culture Top Tips  

Beamish Museum

The award winning Beamish Museum in the Vale of Durham vividly recreates life in the North of England in the early 1800s and early 1900s. To find out more, visit www.beamish.org.uk or call 0191 370 4000 

Durham Castle

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1072, Durham Castle is one of the first fortified castles built by William in his 'harrying of the north'. In 1836 it became the University's foundation college, University College and is still part of Durham University today. No other college in the British Isles has a more ancient or impressive home! Durham University is offering 10% off their attraction pass which includes entry to Durham Castle, Palace Green Library, Oriental Museum, Botanic Garden and Old Fulling Mill. Please print this voucher to redeem the discount.

To find out more, visit www.dur.ac.uk/university.college or call 0191 334 3800 

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is the greatest Norman building in Europe. It is loved and admired not only for its stunning architecture but also for its incomparable setting. Bill Bryson called it the 'Best Cathedral on Planet Earth'. Together with the Castle it was one of Britain's first UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

To find out more, visit www.durhamcathedral.co.uk or call 0191 386 4266 

Crook Hall and Gardens

Crook Hall is a stunning medieval manor house surrounded by glorious gardens in the heart of Durham city. It includes a secret walled garden, a Shakespeare garden, a Cathedral garden, silver and white gardens, a moat pool and a meadow with maze. 

For more info, visit www.crookhallgardens.co.uk or call 0191 384 8028 

Oriental Museum

Durham University's Oriental Museum is one of the city's hidden gems. It is Northern Britain's only museum dedicated solely to the Orient and displays exquisite collections from China, ancient Egypt, Japan, Korea, India, South East Asia and the Near and Middle East. Durham University is offering 10% off their attraction pass which includes entry to Durham Castle, Palace Green Library, Oriental Museum, Botanic Garden and Old Fulling Mill. Please print this voucher to redeem the discount.

To find out more, visit www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum or call 0191 334 5694 

The Bowes Museum

One of the county's grandest surprises, The Bowes Museum is a splendid 19th Century French style chateau containing over 15,000 important and precious works from all over Europe. The building is a treasure in itself but despite its size it does not dominate the town, tucked discretely into its own world of parkland and gardens.

To find out more, visit www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk or call 01833 690 606 

Raby Castle

This impressive building, first built in the 11th Century, is steeped in history: 700 knights plotted the 'Rising of the North' in the Barons' Hall, and the Medieval Kitchen was used until 1954. Now, Raby houses a fabulous art collection and splendid interiors. The grounds are equally fascinating, where visitors can explore a Deer Park, ornamental walled gardens and a coach house with a collection of 18th and 19th century coaches and carriages.

To find out more, visit www.rabycastle.com or call 01833 660202

DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

The DLI Museum tell the 200 year story of Durham's famous regiment and the gallery has a changing programme of exhibitions. The DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery are offering 2 for 1 entry. Please print this voucher to redeem the discount.

To find out more, visit county.durham.gov.uk/sites/dli or call 0191 3842214.

Durham University Botanic Garden

The stunning Botanic Garden, set in 18 acres of parkland will appeal to the old and young alike. Durham University is offering 10% off their attraction pass which includes entry to Durham Castle, Palace Green Library, Oriental Museum, Botanic Garden and Old Fulling Mill. Please print this voucher to redeem the discount.

Further Afield

Take the time to venture further afield and you'll discover some of the UK's treasures. Here are a few of our favourites. 

BALTIC

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art's dynamic, diverse and international programme ranges from blockbuster exhibitions to innovative new work and projects created by artists working within the local community.

To find out what's on, visit http://www.balticmill.com/ or call 0191 478 1810 

The Angel of the North

Only 20 minutes from Durham, The Angel of the North, Britain's largest sculpture, was designed by Antony Gormley for Gateshead Council. It weighs 200 tons, is 20m high and has a 54m wing span. It can withstand winds of more than 100 miles per hour.

To find out more, visit http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/

MIMA 

The Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art is one of the UK's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art and craft. MIMA hosts temporary exhibitions of fine art and craft from 1900 to the present. Exhibitions change throughout the year and admission is free.

To find out more, visit http://www.visitmima.com

Special offers to help you with your Christmas Shopping

Sedgefield Racecource

This friendly racecourse is situated in County Durham countryside, where high quality facilities provide close-to-the-action views. They are offering 2 for 1 admission to their Christmas Craft & Food Fair on Saturday 19 November. Please print this voucher to redeem the discount.

To find out more, visit their website.

Glass and Art Gallery

Featuring the work of more than 120 regional artists. A wide variety of unique works of art which include glass, ceramics, paintings, metalwork and textiles They are offering 15% off all goods purchased. Please print this voucher to redeem the discount.

To find out more, visit their website.

These special offers are all subject to terms and conditions, please download the vouchers for full details.