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Ranked #1 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Award winning WCBOP, formerly Northside Falconry is based in the stunning grounds of Walworth Castle Hotel and offers... more » Owner description: Award winning WCBOP, formerly Northside Falconry is based in the stunning grounds of Walworth Castle Hotel and offers fabulous falconry experiences and daily falconry displays « less
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Ranked #2 of 90 attractions in County Durham
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Ranked #3 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites
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Ranked #4 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens
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Ranked #5 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Historic Sites; Museums
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HMS Trincomalee (Hartlepool)
Ranked #6 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Ships
Britain's oldest warship, from 1817, is afloat and on display in Hartlepool.
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Ranked #7 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Other
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Ranked #8 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Performances
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Ranked #9 of 90 attractions in County Durham
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The Bowes Museum (Barnard Castle)
Ranked #10 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Museums; History Museums
Owner description: It’s been delighting visitors for more than 100 years, and now a £12m revamp has transformed The Bowes Museum into a must see... more » Owner description: It’s been delighting visitors for more than 100 years, and now a £12m revamp has transformed The Bowes Museum into a must see 21st Century place to visit.A romantic history, stunning galleries, great location, fine dining, top class exhibitions, family fun events, a thriving toddler group – all these can be discovered inside this fabulous listed building which resembles a French chateau.And that’s not all. It’s surrounded by parkland, woodland walks, formal gardens and a newly opened children’s play area.No visit is complete without a browse in our shop, or a delicious snack in Café Bowes.If you’re looking for a great day out, make The Bowes Museum your destination of choice. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute info on what’s on when. « less
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Ranked #11 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: History Museums; Art Museums
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Ranked #12 of 90 attractions in County Durham
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High Force Waterfall (Middleton in Teesdale)
Ranked #13 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Waterfalls
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Museum of Hartlepool (Hartlepool)
Ranked #14 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: History Museums
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Ranked #15 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: History Museums
Owner description: Killhope, multi award winning Victorian Mining Museum, and a gold standard Green Tourism destination as well as a 'Quality... more » Owner description: Killhope, multi award winning Victorian Mining Museum, and a gold standard Green Tourism destination as well as a 'Quality Assured Visitor Attraction' and offers a grand day out for all. Equipped with mine hat, cap lamp and wellies, accompany one of our guides on an unforgettable tour of the mine. Our enthusiastic team will ensure you have a day to remember. Find your own minerals as you work as a washerboy. Dress up in Victorian style clothes in the lodging room. A total of 4 working water wheels on site . 2011 exhibitions include ‘BIRD by Diane Maclean, a series of outdoor installations, Letters and language of Lead by Sue Lawty as part of the Museumaker project. The National Spar Boxes Collection, and Magnificent Minerals from the North Pennines. Walk the woodland trails to see our red squirrels and an array of other wildlife. Visit Killhope shop and café to complete a great day out. Killhope is also the inaugural winner of the Guardian's Family Friendly Museum, winner of the North East England Sustainable Tourism award 2007, Customer Service Silver Award 2006 and 2005 winner of the "Most Welcoming Experience." 2008 and 2010 Small visitor attraction of the Year. « less
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Beamish Wild (Beamish)
Ranked #16 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks
Owner description: Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush at Beamish Wild’s High Ropes Course! High in the treetops, tackle Burma Bridge, jump... more » Owner description: Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush at Beamish Wild’s High Ropes Course! High in the treetops, tackle Burma Bridge, jump the leap of faith and freefall on the incredible power fan. With over 25 daredevil elements, it’s a must for families, schools, stag or hens and any other thrill seekers.Have an adventure filled party or event with additional activities like Archery, Climbing towers and Den Building.Please visit our website for further info and complete list of activities. « less
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Diggerland (Langley Park)
Ranked #17 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks
Owner description: Diggerland is the Ultimate adventure park experience where children and adults can drive REAL construction machinery. With... more » Owner description: Diggerland is the Ultimate adventure park experience where children and adults can drive REAL construction machinery. With over 15 rides and drives there’s something for everyone at Diggerland. For the daredevil in you, take a ride on ‘Spindizzy’, unique to Diggerland; prepare to feel the ultimate adrenaline rush on this world famous attraction. Want to get some real JCB experience? Try out your excavating skills on our giant dirt diggers, or drive a monster JCB 3CX. Or you can relax and take in the views, from 50ft in the air on our ‘Skyshuttle’. « less
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Ranked #18 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #19 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Beaches
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Raby Castle (Darlington)
Ranked #20 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Castles
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Auckland Castle (Bishop Auckland)
Ranked #21 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Owner description: Auckland Castle has been the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham for over 900 years.The Castle was the seat of power in... more » Owner description: Auckland Castle has been the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham for over 900 years.The Castle was the seat of power in the North East of England and after the Norman Conquest and the subsequent Harrying of the North, the Bishop of Durham was granted exceptional powers to act as a political and military leader. The king allowed him to raise taxes, mint coins and hold his own parliaments. Such royal privileges made the Bishop of Durham the second most powerful man in the country - he effectively ruled the area between the Tyne and the Tees.The Castle is now home to many important works of art, most notably the paintings of Jacob (Israel) and his twelve sons by Spanish master Fransisco da Zurbaran. « less
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Ranked #22 of 90 attractions in County Durham
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Durham Castle (Durham)
Ranked #23 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Castles
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Palace Green (Durham)
Ranked #24 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #25 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Museums
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Hardwick Park (Sedgefield)
Ranked #26 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Parks
Owner description: Hardwick Park is a country park with a difference. Now a Visit England accredited attraction, it has survived since the 1750s... more » Owner description: Hardwick Park is a country park with a difference. Now a Visit England accredited attraction, it has survived since the 1750s when its then owner, John Burdon, created a sprawling ornamental park. Today, the remains of some of the original buildings he created can be seen throughout the park, which suggest the area has a richer story to tell. Hardwick Park is a great place to spend the day. Stroll through the park and admire the natural beauty of the lake, woodland and wildlife. The visitor centre also has excellent facilities including an interactive display, education room, cafe and toilets.Throughout the year there are a variety of events, activities, walks and workshops for all to enjoy. « less
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Ranked #27 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Gardens
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Ranked #28 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Gardens
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Ranked #29 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #30 of 90 attractions in County Durham
Category: Museums
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