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From the historic city of Durham to the North Pennines, County Durham is an amazing county for weekend breaks and family hot tub holidays.
You have a choice of places to stay including cottages and lodges throughout the county, whether your perfect getaway is a countryside retreat or a city break. With plenty to see and do, a stay in County Durham, in the North East of England is a great choice at any time of the year.
Durham is an absolutely stunning place to visit and it’s packed with things to experience on your visit. The city of Durham is packed full of must-see attractions including Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. A walk over the Elvet Bridge is the perfect photo opportunity. And of course, there are plenty of shops, cafes, and pubs for you to enjoy before heading back to your cosy cottage.
As well as rustling up something special in your holiday let, you’re spoilt with choice in Durham when it comes to eating out, with many restaurants along the river offering incredible views while you dine.
Durham also has some modern and vibrant bars in the City centre making for a great night out, along with a host of traditional pubs serving local ales and beers to try.
Just a short drive from the city centre and you can visit Durham Heritage Coast which offers a beautiful coastline with cliffs and dunes. This is a great place for a dog walk when you’re on a dog-friendly cottage holiday.
A trip to the North Pennines is ideal for those who love the great outdoors and want to walk through the stunning countryside, especially with a dog. The North Pennines are the most Northern part of the Pennines offering lots of excellent walking trails as well as Raby Castle, Whinfell Forest and Acorn Bank. If you’re looking for unforgettable Northern countryside, the North Pennines won’t disappoint.
A self-catered lodge or cottage provides the perfect base for exploring County Durham. Whether you plan a coastal holiday or romantic hot tub retreat, there are lots of holiday lets in County Durham to choose from. Roslyn Cottage and Burnside Cottages are both cosy holiday cottages that sleep up to 4 guests and a dog.
Situated in the countryside and just a short drive from the city of Durham, they are perfect for guests wanting a relaxing countryside break with easy access to the surrounding area. They also feature private hot tubs which is a fabulous way to spend an evening relaxing after a busy day exploring.
Durham is a historical city in the North East of England. A great place for a city break or short weekend away with your friends, family or partner, Durham is easy to access and the perfect holiday home for a memorable break at any time of the year.
Durham Cathedral – A must-visit when you’re in the city, Durham Cathedral is voted as one of the best buildings in Europe! Visitors can visit the Norman building in the heart of the city which provides spectacular views from the train line and the surrounding area. Enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent building and climb the 325 steps to the central tower for unmissable views across the city and countryside.
Beamish is the living museum of the North and an excellent day out for the whole family. Travel back in time to the early 20th century where you can learn about life in the North East of England and see the cottages people lived. Visit a 1900s pit village, 1900s town village with a traditional pub, bank, garage, co-op store, and popular sweet shop. You can also take a ride on the tramway, enjoy traditional fish and chips and visit the tea-room or bakery for a delicious lunch. With something for all the family to enjoy (including being dog-friendly) Beamish is the perfect day out on your break in Durham.
Crook Hall and Gardens – A medieval hall in Durham, Crook Hall and Gardens is a great place to visit rain or shine! The stunning gardens with English themed displays are beautiful to explore. There are gardens tours available for those who want to learn more, and visitors can enjoy afternoon tea in the garden café.
Riverside Walk – Enjoy a lovely walk along the River Wear when you’re in Durham. The walking trail is a moderate 3-mile circular walk which takes visitors along the river with some beautiful views of the Durham riverside scenery. The full walk takes around 3 hours, passing Durham Cathedral and several cafés where you can stop for a delicious treat.
Crimdon Beach – Take a trip to the coast when you’re next in Durham. Crimdon beach is a sandy beach just a short drive from the city of Durham. A very popular spot on the north-east coast, Crimdon beach is a great beach for the whole family, including the dog!
Local towns: Darlington, Hartlepool, Bishop Auckland, Peterlee, Stockton-on-Tees, Consett and Seaham.