Beamish Museum - This award winning attraction in the Vale of Durham vividly recreates life in the North of England in the early 1800s and 1900s. Take a trip back in time aboard a real tram and meet some of the people who lived and worked in the past.
Crook Hall - Is it the historic house with its Medieval hall and Jacobean and Georgian sections which enhances the beautiful gardens? Or is it the other way round? There is only one way to find out - go there and explore the hidden nooks and crannies in both. A green oasis in the city.
The North of England Lead Mining Museum, Killhope is in Upper Weardale in the Durham Dales. It explores the life of North Pennine lead mining families. Park Level Mine underground experience, Northern England's largest working water wheel and 'hands on' activities, as well as woodland walks.
DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery - The museum at this family friendly attraction in Durham City features The Durham Light Infantry (with emphasis on WWI & WW2) and looks at Durham Home Front life during WW2. Durham art gallery presents an exciting programme.
The Bowes Museum -Teesdale in the Durham Dales is home to one of the country's most fascinating museum experiences. Created over 100 years ago, the museum contains the greatest collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North.
Durham Castle & Cathedral -The iconic Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site in Durham City was one of the first ever to be designated. Durham Cathedral is one of the finest surviving examples of Romanesque architecture on the planet, whilst Durham Castle was commissioned by William the Conqueror in the early 11th Century.
Botanic Gardens -18 acre garden in mature woodland on the outskirts of Durham City. Exotic trees from America and the Himalayas, plus the Prince Bishops Garden, tropical house, cactus house, butterflies, insects and plant sales.
Raby Castle -Teesdale in the Durham Dales is home to one of England's most impressive medieval castles, built by the Nevills and home to Lord Barnard's family since 1626. It features fine furniture, impressive artworks and elaborate architecture. Also has extensive grounds.
Locomotion: The National Railway Museum - The Vale of Durham is home to Locomotion which houses over 70 railway vehicles from the national collection, plus lively interactive displays relating to the development of the railways in Shildon.