Tourist Information

County Durham: the Land of the Prince Bishops

County Durham is truly one of the most beautiful counties in England. From its western boundary high in the Pennine Hills to the limestone cliffs of its North Sea coastline few counties have so much variety. There's a wealth of interesting places to visit with much to surprise and delight you, and wherever you stay there is an excellent range of accommodation. The county is also an excellent touring base for nearby Northumbria, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

County Durham is the Land of the Prince Bishops. For centuries the powerful Bishops of Durham ruled the County Palatine as a virtually independent state. They had their own army, nobility, courts and coinage, and they left behind a fascinating legacy which can still be traced today. Few counties have such variety of landscape as Durham. From the North Pennines in the west to the North Sea Coast in the east, there are pleasures to suit all tastes. At its heart lies Durham City, small enough to enjoy on foot yet so exceptional that its castle and cathedral are designated a World Heritage Site. Un-crowded roads lead to unspoilt countryside, including some of the highest, wildest and finest scenery in England. Much of the west of the County, including Teesdale, Weardale and the Derwent Valley, is included in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is perfect country for walking, cycling, riding, wildlife-watching and exploring characterful villages and towns. There are many footpaths and bridleways to explore, including the Pennine Way National Trail and C2C National Cycle Route. Derwent and other reservoirs offer opportunities for sailing, fishing, canoeing and even water-skiing. Add a fascinating heritage from Mediaeval castles built to defend the North to the cradle of the world's railways - and you have a largely rural county full of interest and attraction. We hope that you take the time to enjoy exploring County Durham and appreciate its many places to visit.



Name Description Contact
Durham Tourist Information

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Information on attractions, events, accommodation and access in and around Durham City.

Durham County Council

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Comprehensive guide to what County Durham can offer the tourist including places to visit, activities, accommodation, maps and useful publications.

Teesdale District Council

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A guide to tourism in the district of Teesdale including holiday accommodation, events, local attractions and outdoor activities.

Wear Valley District Council

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Information about the picturesque district of Wear Valley covering local history, architecture, and an interactive guide to the district.


Tourist Information Centres

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Durham City

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Millennium Place,
Durham City,
County Durham,

0191 3843720

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Barnard Castle

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Flatts Road,
Barnard Castle,
County Durham,
DL12 8AA

01833 690909

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Bishop Auckland The Town Hall,
Market Place,
Bishop Auckland,
County Durham,
DL14 7NP
01388 602610
Middleton in Teesdale 10 Market Place,
Middleton in Teesdale,
County Durham,
DL12 0QG
01833 641001

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