- Art, History & Culture -
- History -
Whatever your favourite era, you'll find something of interest close to the cottage.
You can visit the Roman fort at Binchester, just a 10 minute drive away. You could also plan a day out to Hadrian's Wall and Vindolanda Roman Fort, it takes around an hour to drive there from the cottage.
There are numerous local castles; Auckland Castle, just up the road is now open after a substantial refurbishment, and you can go for a pleasant wander around its medieval Deer Park which is free to enter. Raby Castle is a spectacularly well-preserved local castle, and of course Durham City has its own castle right next to the world heritage site of Durham Cathedral.
Witton Castle is a great destination for a walk from the cottage, as you can go via a virtually road-free route, you could also head to the ancient Saxon church nearby in Escomb, dating back to about 675AD.
The world-famous museum at Beamish should be on your must-see list when you visit Durham, but don't miss out on some of the less well-known industrial heritage sites like Locomotion, the railway museum at Shildon and Killhope lead-mining museum. You can also go for a day out on the local heritage railway lines at Weardale and Tanfield.
- Art & Culture -
Our closest gallery is in Bishop Auckland; the Mining Art Gallery is a collection of art by prominent local artists.
In 2020, a world class Spanish art gallery will also be opening in Bishop Auckland, you can read about the exciting plans here. Auckland Castle, also in the town, will soon include England's first faith museum.
Bowes Museum is the North East's museum of art, fashion and design. It is a thirty minute drive from the cottage set in the wonderful market town of Barnard Castle, well worth a day out.