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We all need a little natural inspiration from time to time. Try a refreshing, beautiful ride along the coast or lose yourself in history with these rides.
Jonathan Livingston explores three of the best outdoors attractions in Durham.
If you’re deciding to visit the North East of England then you’re in for a real treat as there’s so much to do, see and explore in the outdoors when visiting. Whether you’re interested in historic castles, more of a museum person or something in between, Durham has it all.
For a real outdoor museum experience, Beamish Museum in the North East is a must. Discover what life was like for locals during the 1820’s all the way through to the 1940’s.
The museum comes alive, literally with people playing roles of locals from certain periods, dotted throughout the 300 acre open air museum, set in the beautiful countryside of Durham. You have the chance to experience life in The Town, Home Farm, Pit Village and Pockerley Old Hall.
You’ll find out how the area was transformed by the Industrial Revolution and more so, agricultural life in the North. Each brick that you see is an actual piece of history brought from around the region to give you the sense of what it was like back then.
There’s tons of events on throughout the year. Check their website for details.
Alternatively, you could head to the Botanic Garden at Durham University. Situated on the southern outskirts of Durham City, you'll be immersed in the beautiful woodland. Make an afternoon of it and take time out exploring the alpine and winter gardens, the bamboo grove, the glass houses and the newly developed wild floor meadow and woodland garden.
You'll discover something new on each corner in this unique garden, plus see something new every time you visit as the seasons change throughout the year. There's also a great coffee shop to relax and take time out at the end of your visit.
Lastly, the historic Raby Castle is a must visit during a stay in Durham. You can walk through the enchanted halls and chambers with the help of knowledgeable guides who really bring the historic building to life during your visit.
When you walk outside, this is where the real fun begins in 200 acres of parkland. Take a stroll through the deer park to discover the red and fallow wild deer or visit the extensive park and ponds where wildlife thrives. There's a woodland play area to explore with the kids and you can also discover the Carriage Collection.
You can enjoy time out in the Tearooms and gift shop after exploring the Walled Gardens. Or you can enjoy a glass of wine in the outdoor seating area in front of the stable block too. This is also a great place to take the dog a walk.
If you’re looking for hotels in Durham then you should have Raby Castle on your itinerary for sure.