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Read on to discover some of the local attractions you can explore and enjoy while staying at one of our holiday cottages in Durham. A stay in one of our County Durham cottages offers the chance to sample the varied natural and man-made attractions of this lovely area.
Without doubt the jewel in its crown is the city of Durham whose impressive cathedral, together with the nearby castle, has been a World Heritage site since 1987. The cathedral features some of the best Norman architecture in the country and dominates the old city on a rocky peninsula above a loop in the River Wear. Upstream lie the bleak, yet beautiful, Northern Pennines, a remote and sparsely populated area of moorland and dales, where an industrial heritage of lead mines and quarries invites visitors to marvel at the determination of those who worked this unforgiving landscape in the past.
A visit to the Beamish Open Air Museum brings alive the workings of a 19th-century Durham community. With guides in authentic period costume and trams serving different parts of the site, this skilful interpretation is careful to avoid a romanticised view of the past.
Another mighty English river, the Tees, also runs its course through County Durham. Above the handsome market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, where there is a good choice of holiday cottages Durham Dales attraction Cauldron Snout draws visitors. The river snarls its way over this natural feature, forming what is reckoned to be the longest waterfall in England. Just a few miles downstream it cascades over the aptly named High Force. Further on lies Barnard Castle, a market town with impressive old shop fronts, a cobbled market square and, nearby, the French chateau-style Bowes Museum, home to a collection of outstanding European fine and decorative arts including works by Goya, El Greco and Canaletto. By selecting one of our holiday cottages Durham and its many attractions can be discovered. ... Read More »