As proud ambassadors for Co. Durham, we are always very excited to help guide our guests around the local area. Whether this is your first visit or know the area pretty well, we will be delighted to help inspire your next adventure while staying with us at The County. Please give us a call on 01325 312273 or send us an email at info@thecountyaycliffevillage.com if you are looking for any guidance for your upcoming stay and we will be delighted to assist. In the meantime, here are just a few recommendations we would like to share.

Lumiere Festival

The inspiring Lumiere Festival returns to Durham between 18th and 21st November. First held in Durham in 2009, the festival invites international artists to reimagine familar spaces and buildings, changing the way we interact and experience urban life.

High Force Waterfall

A spectacular visual reward on a 5 mile circular trek within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The starting point is at Bowlees Visitor Centre which is just a 45 min drive from The County. 


An epic performance taking you through 2000 years of English history. Tripadvisor ranks it in the Top 5 Shows to see in the UK and we highly recommend a visit. Kynren is part of The Auckland Project that also offers a collection of galleries, parkland and event all around the historic Bishop Auckland. All this is just 18 minutes from The County.


If you fancy a trip to the seaside both Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Redcar are highly accessible either by car (45 min drive) or train (60 -75 mins). Saltburn is a Victorian seaside resort, well-known for its famous pier and cliff tramway. The beach is blue flag rated with a promenade, lots of nearby facilities and is very  popular for surfers.