20 Must-Visit Attractions in Durham, England

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Freelance Travel & Music Writer11 September 2020

Cathedrals, castles and a riverside setting all make the northeastern city of Durham a picturesque and interesting place to visit. Read on to discover 20 of the best attractions in the area – how many can you tick off your list?

Durham Castle

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Durham Castle, now Durham University student accommodation, County Durham, England, UK
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One of the city’s most notable landmarks, Durham Castle has been wholly occupied since the 11th century and is at the centre of Durham’s Unesco World Heritage Site. Now occupied by Durham University, daily guided tours explore the extensive history of the castle and are bookable online.

Wharton Park

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Following a recent £3m investment, Wharton Park is one of the best outdoor days out in the city. The park, home to a putting green, miniature car track, junior play area and even an outdoor gym, makes planning summer days a breeze. Durham railway station is also at the edge of the park, making travelling here even easier.

High Force Waterfall

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Autumn view of High Force waterfall in Teesdale, north east England, UK
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One of England’s rare and most impressive waterfalls, High Force is set within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Beauty. Follow the routed walk through greenlands to the summit, where the gentle River Tees turns in to a 21m (69ft) waterfall.

Crook Hall and Gardens

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Crook Hall is a 13th-century, Grade I-listed medieval hall with plentiful green space to explore in its immediate surrounding areas. At this idyllic, quintessentially English hall, visitors are able to enjoy a cream tea over the log fire in the beautiful Georgian dining room and explore the well-kept gardens.

These recommendations were updated on September 11, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.