Durham - often referred to as County Durham - is a beautiful county in North East England and a place well worth a visit. There is bags to do here so leave plenty of time to explore this historical and fascinating part of the country. Durham City is home to one of the UK's most recognisable landmarks - Durham Cathedral. The author Bill Bryson called it " The best Cathedral on Planet Earth" which is an accolade if ever I've heard it!. Built in the 12th century, this extraordinary Norman style cathedral is home to (among other things) a giant lego model (of itself of course) an excellent museum and a shop, and you can have guided tours too. It is very family-friendly, with toddler backpacks full of games and puzzles for kids to do, as well as the interactive Open Treasure exhibition with lots of activities and things to do. If you are keen on history then also take a trip to some of the county's other exciting attractions including Beamish - the Living museum of the North, England's largest open-air museum, set in 300 acres of gorgeous County Durham countryside. You can find out what it was like to live in North East England during Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, war-time and fifties Britain. The county is also home to numerous country parks, green spaces and gardens, and you can explore the Durham Dales and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which has breathtaking scenery and is packed full of walking and cycling routes. From a city break to a countryside camping holiday, make Durham your next destination for a fantastic holiday.
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