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County Durham

Welcome to County Durham, a small and frankly underrated county in the North East of England, nestled between North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

From stargazing in the perfect Durham Dales and one of England’s biggest waterfalls, to wonderfully preserved castles and Durham City's Harry Potter filming locations, there are so many things to do in County Durham.

There are good primary and secondary schools, as well as renowned universities in the region, making County Durham the perfect place to make roots and raise a family.

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Things to do

For the stargazers, there are 16 dark sky discovery sites dotted throughout the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO Global Geopark (some of the darkest skies in England.) Luckily, you’ll find 12 of them in the Durham Dales. If you like gazing into the universe, head to the Grassholme Observatory, overlooking Teesdale’s Grassholme Reservoir. Using a range of high-tech instruments and computers, you’ll be transported to the stars to see planets spin, gas clouds glow and galaxies light up the universe.

County Durham’s landmarks and landscapes often play a starring role in television shows and Hollywood films, and one of the most notable locations is Durham Cathedral in Durham City. The UNESCO World Heritage Site and place of pilgrimage for almost a millennium doubled up as Hogwarts in a few of the Harry Potter films. Follow in the footsteps of the main characters in the Cathedral’s cloisters, and The Chapter House, which was transformed into Professor McGonagall’s classroom. The Cathedral’s Galilee Chapel was also used in Marvel’s Avengers Endgame.

Experience County Durham’s history first-hand at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. This working museum is set in 300 acres of Durham countryside, bringing the Industrial Revolution (and the early 20th century) to life through costumed village people, agricultural workshops and authentic buildings that were brought brick-by-brick from around the region and rebuilt on Beamish land. Wander around the cobbled Pit Village and visit the friendly shopkeepers that line the high street, practice handwriting at the school, see what’s cooking in the cottages and take a ride on the Beamish Tramway, all before tucking into some battered cod from Davy’s Fish and Chip Shop.

Journey under towering trees to the spectacular High Force Waterfall, one of County Durham’s most impressive natural landmarks. Beginning its journey on the fells of the North Pennines, the River Tees swells before plunging 21 metres into a gorge below. While the falls are gorgeous all year round, the best time to visit is in the autumn and winter months when, thanks to heavy rainfall, the water is at its most powerful. After stopping to admire the falls, carry on your adventure using the variety of marked routes that take you around, across and through the surrounding countryside.


For big name brands and high street favourites, there are a number or retail parks and shopping centres in the region. For bargain hunters, Dalton Park Outlet is home to over 200 stores with discount price tags, including Adidas, Molton Brown, Next, The Body Shop and Levis.

Prince Bishops Place in Durham is a go-to retail centre, home to big name brands offering fashion, beauty, sportswear, technology and much more!

Durham Market is so much more than just a market. The Market Hall is where history and tradition meet modern retail. Housing 40 independent traders, this is a shopping experience.


County Durham has the major motorway, the A1(M), running straight through it and connecting it to the north and south on the UK. With many other busy A roads snaking through the region, travel by car, whether for business or pleasure is straightforward and fuss-free.

Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Durham all have major train stations connecting to other large cities like Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, and London.

For those wanting to travel further afield, Newcastle Airport is close by, with both domestic and international flights available.


Nestled between the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland and Newcastle, County Durham tends to slip off the culinary map. But there is so much to discover here to suit all tastes and budgets.

For coffee lovers, Flat White Kitchen is a must-visit. Amazing coffee, home-baked cakes and fluffy pancakes are to be expected here. The monthly supper club draws locals from all walks of life and cements this independent coffee house in the heart of the community.

At the Claypath Deli owners, a husband-and-wife team, dish out fine coffee and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Expect homemade breads, from rye sourdoughs to slowly fermented ciabattas.

At the Raby Hunt expect unbelievable presentation and high-quality ingredients including French caviar, Lindisfarne oyster, Australian wagyu beef and Yuzu, Japan’s delicious citrus. Last year, it was awarded its second Michelin star.

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