Attractions in County Durham

There are plenty of places to see and visit in County Durham. Whether you love hiking or cycling, County Durham is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions in County Durham

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    Durham Castle and Green

    Hiking Highlight

    The castle was originally built in the 11th century to protect the bishop of Durham from attacks. The north of England, especially after the Norman conquest of the country in …

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    Timber
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    Waskerley Way

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Waskerley Way is a 9.7 mile (15.6 km) traffic-free cycle path. Running through County Durham's finest countryside, it passes impressive railway structures, patchwork farmland, woodland, wetland, scrub and moorland. The …

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    High force

    Hiking Highlight

    Starting as a trickle high on the north Pennine fells, the River Tees steadily gathers pace until it drastically drops 69 feet (21 meters) into the plunge pool below at …

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    Dan
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    Hurworth Burn Reservoir

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Nice Spot on a Summers Day to stop for a Picnic and a breather whilst cycling this stretch of the Castle Eden Walkway, which is part of National Cycle Network 1.

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    Keith
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    Hownsgill Viaduct

    Bike Touring Highlight

    A former railway bridge, the Hownsgill was constructed by Stanhope and Tyne Railway from 1832 to 1834. Designed by engineer Robert Stephenson, the bridge is 210 meters long and 46 …

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    Amy
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    This is an absolutely brilliant cycle path and it's amazing how far up it travels, the even better news is that there's no cars, now that i like, lol.

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    C2C - Beamish

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    If your looking for Beamish Museum this is where you turn up steep ramp, follow path to Shepard and Shepherdess pub (good food) and your near the entrance

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    steve
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    Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Really good Museum situated on the outskirts of Barnard Castle. Famous for mechanical Silver Swan, and originalled belonged to the Bowes-Lyon family (relatives to the U.K Queen Elizabeth).
    Well worth …

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    Keith
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    Tan Hill Inn

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Inn is quite eccentric, accommodation is very basic, the food is great. The place seems like it was frozen in the 70’s.

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    Knitsley farm Shop.

    Bike Touring Highlight

    As far as farm shops go, this has the option of a sit-in​ cafe with a great choice of food or alternitavley, the Deli has a choice of freshly made …

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    Hamsterley Forest - Mayland Bank

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    A category 4 climb leading to the Descent Hut, it has a average gradient of around 10% over 0.7 Mile peaking at around 18%. The trail also leads to the …

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    Park Head Café

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Nice cafe situated on the coast 2coast route, very cyclist friendly.

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    A Category 4 climb at the beginning of the Black Route at Hamsterley Forest lasting around 1.2 Mile with an average gradient of 7% peaking at 15% in places. The …

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    The Incline

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Old Incline and rail line. Relentless start on gravel but rideable (Dan did it on a road bike). Followed by another gravel section skirting the edge of the valley. Stunning riding.

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    Whorlton suspension bridge

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Opened in 1831 and still supported on its original chains. Grade II* Listed Structure and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The bridge crosses the River Tees near Barnard Castle.

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    Riverside Walk

    Hiking Highlight

    Great for a post lunch walk.

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    Martin
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    Rookhope

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Rookehope is situated along the Sea to Sea cycle route after a 5 mile (8 km) downhill stretch. The small village was once described by author W.H. Auden as "the …

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    Amy
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    Blackhall Rocks Beach

    Hiking Highlight

    Lovely Long length of cliff sides and pebbled beaches to walk along. Small cave located at far end of beach called Gin Cave.

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    Hunstanworth

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Small hamlet on the long elevated exposed road (after left turn away from Rookhope) just before reaching Blanchland.

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    PStraghan
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    Chatterbox Cafe

    Bike Touring Highlight

    nice and friendly, good stop for cyclists, they even have a track pump

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    steve

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