Durham - City & County

County Durham – a name still dwelling in many people’s thoughts as this former mining county in Northern England (Billy Elliott – style) – and yes, the historic facts are not hidden however, the natural and physical beauty of the county is today here to be explored and discovered!

County Durham offers guests glorious contrasts of small towns, gentle dales, rugged moors and historic architectural masterpieces and stories of amazement.

Why not let Northern Secrets unearth some of the truly breath-taking landscapes in the North Pennines and its dramatic landscape of rugged moors, gentle dales and fantastic market towns. Discover the beautiful city of Durham, home to the finest Romanesque (Norman) cathedral in Northern Europe. The city also boasts England’s third oldest university – and one of the country’s best! Not only that, but the city is a magnet for visitors seeking tranquillity, shopping, cafes and history all in one place. Travel writer Bill Bryson calls Durham ‘a perfect little city’. There are many hidden gems to explore – a guided walking tour will help you unearth mysteries, secrets and quirky little stories.

Explore the legacy of Roman rule in Britain, follow in the footsteps of the earliest Christian pilgrims, discover life as a lead miner, enter the age of steam in the world’s first railway town or enjoy the spectacular landscapes of the Durham Dales. Did you know …Charles Dickens stayed in Barnard Castle when collecting material to write Nicolas Nickleby? …Durham Regatta pre-dates its southern counterpart Henley by five years? …Causey Arch is the world’s oldest surviving railway bridge?

Discover it all with Northern Secrets!