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If you fancy doing something completely different from your usual UK city break, booking a hotel in county Durham really is the choice for you. Best Western has seven hotels spread around this beautiful northern county. The region is famous for its mining and farming heritage as well as a heavy railway industry.

Town and city breaks in County Durham

Staying in a hotel in County Durham will give you access to plenty of interesting and significant British towns and cities. The county town of Durham in particular is worth a visit with its striking architecture and electric ambience. The city's castle and cathedral are both magnificent structures and have been designated UNESCO world heritage sites. The city has everything: great shopping facilities (particularly for those who like browsing through unique and different, independent boutiques), pubs, food and eateries fit for royalty, as well as plenty to do and see, especially for those who like high-end culture and arts. Booking a County Durham hotel with us will give you access to other charming traditional towns including Hartlepool as well as the most populous settlement: the historic market town of Darlington, internationally renowned for being the site of the world's very first railway.

Holidays in the County Durham countryside

The countryside of this magical county epitomises the beauty of England. Long, sloping meadows interspersed with scruffy woodland are divided up by babbling brooks connecting a collection of secret ponds and lakes. The county is blessed with several parklands and nature reserves. Download a trail map for Dalton Park to help you explore the network of paths through the 55 acres of wildlife-infested marshland and natural terraces. Venture from your County Durham hotel to explore the dramatic scenery of the North Pennines. Hiking through the trees in Upper Teesdale will take you to the famous High Force Waterfall, where the roaring River Tees tumbles from a seventy-foot drop. The rugged, unspoilt coastline also deserves a visit during your stay. Explore the dramatic and colourful, heritage shoreline and get back to one with nature. The Coastal Path will clear your head and lungs along the imposing clifftops, after which a relaxing coffee or hot chocolate in Crimdon during a sunset reflected off the darkened waters will be a truly memorable experience.

Beach holidays in County Durham

Drink in fresh North Sea air on a clifftop walk along Durham’s Coastal Path, stretching 11 miles between Seaham and Crimdon. On Seaham’s sandy beaches kids can get stuck into some bucket-and-spade fun or try a spot of rock pooling.

Attractions in County Durham

Despite the country being so rural and green, there is plenty of things to do here. If you're booking a county Durham hotel for a trip with children, you will not be disappointed. Zooming around on zip wires at Beamish Wild Adventure Park, charging through the various Play Zones at Adventure Valley or riding the waves at Splash Leisure Facility will keep your children more than satisfied for an afternoon and evening. For something a little more cultural and informative, the region is decorated with museums and heritage sites. The Bowes Museum is full of striking galleries and displays and encourages entrants to engage with the past through hands-on activities and events. The Beamish Open Air Museum, covers a staggering total of over 300 acres of stunning countryside and brings the past to life with experienced actors and props. Booking a beautiful Best Western County Durham hotel really will give you a different experience from your usual UK city break. It will give you satisfaction and culture and certainly some wonderful memories that you will cherish forever!

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Attractions in County Durham:

Discover life in the early 1800s at Pockerley Manor, Beamish. Courtesy of Beamish

Opening times:
Summer Season: daily 10am-5pm
Winter Season: Tue-Thu, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm Nov 2012 - Apr 2013; not Mon or Fri (various dates)

Newcastle United FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Sunderland AFC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Bamburgh Castle. Photo by Jane Ellis, courtesy of Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle

Opening times:
Nov 2012 - Feb 2013; Weekends only (various dates)

Tolling the Devil's Knell

Opening times:
The last bell tolls at midnight Dec 2012 - Dec 2013 (annual)

What's on in County Durham:

Gateshead International Jazz Festival, The Sage Gateshead. © Mark Savage, Courtesy of The Sage Gateshead
Gateshead International Jazz Festival

Dates Open:
23/03/2015 to 25/03/2015

Newcastle Science Festival, Newcastle. Courtesy of Goulding PR
Newcastle Science Festival

Dates Open:
08/03/2015 to 14/03/2015

Northern Lights Film Festival, Newcastle. Courtesy of NLFF
Northern Lights Film Festival (NLFF)

Dates Open:
28/03/2015 to 05/04/2015

International Magic Festival, South Tyneside. Courtesy of
International Magic Festival

Dates Open:
07/03/2015 to 10/03/2015

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