Durham Cathedral North East


A world famous cathedral, castles, wild dales and a rugged coastline combine to make this county an exceptional choice for retirement living

From the quaint streets and ancient architecture of the City of Durham to the historic quay of Hartlepool and Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, this county has so much to offer. Around a third is covered by the wild Durham Dales, perfect for cycles and rambles and exploring the pretty, rural, market towns and villages, while the dramatic Durham Coast offers exhilarating walks as well as traditional seaside treats and superb sandy beaches. 

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Things to do in County Durham

Things to do in County Durham

No trip to the county would be complete without visiting the delightful city of Durham home to the stunningly majestic Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. These impressive examples of Norman architecture form a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the cathedral also played a starring role in the Harry Potter film series. 

The pretty town of Darlington has a bustling weekly market as well as stunning Raby Castle, while at Hartlepool you’ll find the fascinating National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool and the HMS Trincomalee. County Durham is also home to the unique Beamish Museum – which brings to life the history of the North East of England from the 1820s onwards.

The attractive market town of Barnard Castle is well worth a visit as is the castle which gave it its name.  In the area you can also visit the Bowes Museum and gardens, set in an attractive French-style Chateau and the ‘secret garden of the North’ at Eggleston Hall – these beautiful gardens even have their own mini Angel of the North.


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