Durham and Beamish Open Air Museum

The city of Durham has developed on a peninsular created by a bend in the River Wear. The Cathedral and Castle complex is a World Heritage Site.

The Norman Cathedral stands on the site of the earlier Saxon church, housing the shrine of St Cuthbert, who died in Lindisfarne in 687. Also buried in the Cathedral is the Venerable Bede, one of the greatest scholars of 8thc.

The 11thc Norman Castle was the home of the Prince-Bishops, who ruled the north of England for the King. It now houses University College, Durham.

Another award winning attraction in the North East is Beamish Open Air Museum. It provides you with a chance to explore what life was like in England in the early 1800s and 1900s. There are working steam trains, a chance to visit a coal mine, tram rides, a farm with animals, a town with a sweet shop, dentist’s surgery and solicitor’s office, and even a school.