County Durham

Properties and events in County Durham

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A fascinating InSite into Durham masonic Hall

Masonic Hall, 36 Old Elvet, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3HN
In person
Pre-booking required

From the small front of the building to the Tardis like interior, it has to be seen as it is part of the History of Durham Freemasons for those that are intrigued to know more.

Binchester Roman Fort

Binchester Roman Fort, Stobbs Hill Lane, Near Bishop Auckland, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 8DJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visitors can see the remains of the commanding officer's house of the fourth century fort, including the impressive bath building, which contains one of the best preserved examples of a hypocaust (underfloor heating system) in the whole of Britain.

Brancepeth Castle Tour

Brancepeth Castle, Brancepeth, County Durham, County Durham, DH7 8DF
In person
Pre-booking required

A guided tour of the exterior (weather permitting) and principal rooms.

Church of Our Lady of Mercy and St. Godric

Church of our Lady of Mercy and St. Godric, 2, Castle Chare, Durham, County Durham, DH1 4RD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Between the train and the bus stations, a landmark in the Durham City Conservation Area, St. Godric's Grade II listed church was designed by Edward Pugin. Opened in 1864 it has beautiful examples of Victorian stained glass and a fine high altar.

Cotherstone Quaker Meeting House

Demesne Lane, Cotherstone, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9PG
In person
Pre-booking not required

A chance to visit an eighteenth-century meeting house in open country. Its history dates back to 1654, when George Fox reached Teesdale on foot, inspiring generations of local Quakers. Adults and children can expect a friendly welcome.

Crook Hall Gardens

Crook Hall Gardens, Frankland Lane, Sidegate, County Durham, DH1 5SZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit Crook Hall Gardens, a quiet escape in Durham City Centre, and enjoy tranquil gardens set against the backdrop of a Grade I listed medieval hall.

Darlington Library

Darlington Borough Council, Darlington Library, Crown Street, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 1ND
In person
Pre-booking required

Guided tour of the library including areas not usually open to the public.

Durham Crematorium

South Road, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3TQ
In person
Pre-booking required

A rare chance to see behind the scenes, learn about cremation and view this rich and beautifully detailed building and its grounds.

Durham Mining Museum

Durham Mining Museum, Spennymoor Town Hall, High Street, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6DG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come along to our little museum and chat with former coal miners in a fantastic setting filled with artefacts and history, as well as experience what it was like working down the pit in our coal seam experience.

Durham School Tour & Durham School Chapel

Durham School, Quarryheads Lane, Durham, County Durham, DH1 4SZ
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Sunday 8 Sept, Durham School will open its doors to the public. The Chapel will be open with volunteers answering questions and playing the organ. There will also be a tour of the school, exploring its 600-year history.

Durham Town Hall

Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3NJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover a hidden gem of a building at the heart of civic life in Durham city since the 14th century.

Escomb Saxon Church

Escomb Saxon Church, Saxon Green, Escomb, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7SY
In person
Pre-booking not required

Have a guided tour of this ancient, Anglo-Saxon Church, built in the 7th century, and learn about its history and heritage. See our art exhibition.

Explore Durham Cathedral Refectory Library

Durham Cathedral, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3EH
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Join our expert staff to explore our library collection housed within the former Medieval Refectory of Durham Cathedral.

Kepier Hospital and Loggia

Kepier Farm, Kepier Lane, Durham, County Durham, DH1 1LB
In person
Pre-booking required

Guided tour with Martin Roberts of the Grade I and II * listed buildings and scheduled ancient monument of the medieval hospital at Kepier, once the richest in County Durham.

Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ Visits

New Victoria Centre, High Street, Howden Le Wear, Crook, County Durham, DL15 8EZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

See & hear the North East's only Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ (one of UK's largest). Explore the 'Secret Spaces' that visitors normally don't see as you delve into the workings of this amazing machine and learn how it was used 100 years ago!

Old Durham Gardens

Old Durham, Benthouse Lane, South of Sherburn Road (A181), Durham, County Durham, DH1 2RY
In person
Pre-booking not required

Restored 17th to early 18th century formal gardens. View the listed features of the gardens and on-going planting improvements throughout the gardens.

St Andrew's Church, Haughton le Skerne, Darlington

Haughton Green, Haughton le Skerne, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 2DD
In person
Pre-booking not required

The oldest church in Darlington, c1125, including interesting stonework and woodwork. Some Saxon relic stonework and extensive 17th century 'Cosin' woodwork throughout the church.

St Barnabas Burnmoor Church

75 St. Barnabas, Bournmoor, County Durham, DH4 6EU
In person
Pre-booking not required

A visit to a lovely church where you can expect a warm welcome and refreshments.

St Cuthbert's Catholic Church, Durham

St. Cuthberts Catholic Church, Old Elvet, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3HL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit this simple, peaceful church to rest a while or to see the stunning window by the world-famous Irish stained glass artist Harry Clarke or works by renowned local sculptor Fenwick Lawson.

St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington

Market Place, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 5QG
In person
Pre-booking not required

St. Cuthbert's Darlington, the Church in the Market Place is preparing to undergo a transformation, as we 'Open Our Doors', offering access for all to our architectural, historical and musical traditions.