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The Riverside Durham


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Durham, in North East England, is a county with breathtaking dales, a dramatic coastline, a vale steeped in history and a vibrant city at its heart.

Chester-le-Street, home to The Riverside Durham, has a history that reaches back through the centuries. Visit St Mary and St Cuthbert’s Church, a place of worship since 883AD, discover the town’s fascinating past as you walk the heritage trail, or simply enjoy the surroundings on a walk in Riverside Park with its riverside path, gardens, wildlife area and children’s activities.

Durham boasts one of the most stunning city skylines in Europe
Durham boasts one of the most stunning city skylines in Europe

Boasting one of the most stunning city skylines in Europe, Durham City captivates with its characterful streets and prominent peninsula crowned with the towering sight of Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral, which together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Two of the county’s treasure troves can be found in the Durham Dales. Raby, one of England’s finest medieval castles, houses stunning interiors, fine artwork and furniture; whilst The Bowes Museum showcases one of the most important collections of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England.

For a journey through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend, the UK’s ‘must see’ live-action show Kynren - An Epic Tale of England is spectacular family entertainment for all ages. And 2019 sees the fruition of Auckland Castle’s exciting redevelopment as the breathtaking building, a significant part of English history, reopens to become an attraction not to be missed.

As day turns to night, Durham’s skies light up as the North Pennines AONB is home to more nationally recognised Dark Sky Discovery Sites than any other part of the UK. Or for stars of a different kind, head to Gala for a packed programme of entertainment. 

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