Durham

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...

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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!

OFFER: 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 quote 'LUMIERE Offer'.

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

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.

OFFER: 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 quote 'LUMIERE Offer'.

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 

Locomotion: The National Railway Museum

Locomotion at Shildon is the first national museum to be built in the North East. It combines a state of the art 6,000 sq ft collections centre, housing over 60 vehicles from the National Collection of locomotives and interactive exhibits.

To find out more visit the Official Locomotion Website or call 01388 777999.

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.

OFFER: The DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery are offering 2 for 1 entry
. Please quote 'LUMIERE Offer'.

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. 

OFFER: 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 quote 'LUMIERE Offer'.