County Durham is a ceremonial county in North East England, the county town is Durham. It is an area of regeneration and promoted as a tourist destination. Durham is the only English county name to be prefixed with "County" in common usage a practice more common in Ireland.
The Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are home to breath taking scenery, the dramatic Durham Heritage Coast begs to be explored, and the Vale of Durham is dotted with award-winning attractions and exciting activities.
Durham's market towns each have their own unique shopping experience, such as Barnard Castle with its array of antiques shops. Durham's farmers markets showcase the best of local produce, whilst Dalton Park is a must for bargain hunters.
Things to do
Step back in time and discover Durham's fascinating history and heritage at award-winning attractions including Beamish Museum and Locomotion at the National Railway Museum in the Vale of Durham. And if you crave culture, you can't get much better than the incredible collections and contemporary exhibitions at The Bowes Museum.
Escape to the peace and tranquillity of the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to relax and unwind or get outdoors and active. Or experience the rugged beauty of High Force waterfall and the Durham Heritage Coast.
If you crave culture, the Gala Theatre runs a year-round programme of exciting performances.