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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 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.

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Raby Castle

Raby Castle is a landmark location in the North of England. Visit one of the most impressive intact castles in the North of England, with a powerful exterior and superb collections. The castle is steeped in history, built by the powerful Nevilles in the 14th century, it has been the family home of the Vanes for nearly 400 years. The picturesque parkland surrounding the magnificent castle are home to herds of red and fallow. Close by there is a hideaway playground at The Plotters' Forest, built within a Christmas tree plantation, where 'close to nature' takes on a whole new meaning. Visitors can also enjoy a delicious lunch at the Cafe and complete your day by browsing the beautiful Shop.


Opening in Spring 2024, an extended area of the grounds will open which will elevate the elegant leisure destination complete with heritage buildings restored to incredible event spaces, remodelled walled gardens by world renowned Luciano Giubbilei, stylish shopping, exciting events and great food, sourced within the Estate served in the new Vinery Restaurant.

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Lumiere Festival

The inspiring Lumiere Festival returns to Durham between 16th and 19th November. First held in Durham in 2009, the festival invites international artists to reimagine familiar spaces and buildings, changing the way we interact and experience urban life.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

You can find up to date information on the Weather, Tide Times and Fishing by clicking here.
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