Do you love Castles?
Durham’s castles and historic houses are filled with dazzling art and furniture collections along with legends and the odd ghost or two! There are castles and grand houses with stunning formal gardens that make a great day out for the family.
Take a look around the medieval kitchens at Raby Castle or escape to the sanctuary of Crook Hall and Gardens or check out Durham University’s Botanic Garden. There’s too many to mention, so we’ve selected a few of our favourites…
Barnard Castle – This is a ruined castle overlooking the River Tees with a fine great hall and a dominating round-towered keep.
Binchester Roman Fort – See the remains of part of the Roman fort Vinovia including an excellent military bathhouse.
Eggleston Hall Gardens – Garden lovers will adore Eggleston Hall Gardens that are set in 4.5 acres of winding paths, borders, a stream, walls and 16th century churchyard. There’s a wide range of plants for sale, including trees, shrubs, hardy perennials and herbs.
Durham Botanic Garden – Is set in countryside and mature woodland. Plant collections range from North America, Himalayas and China, glasshouse rainforest and desert plants. There are also six Colin Wilbourne sculptures in landscaped garden to view.
Auckland Castle Deer House – Is a charming Gothic Revival ‘eye catcher’ built in 1760 in the park of the Bishops of Durham. It provided deer with shelter and food, and has rooms for picnics and enjoying the view.
Whitworth Hall Country Park – This is a lovely historic parkland with resident deer, ornamental lake and Victorian walled garden. It is also home to Britain’s most northerly vineyard.