Days Out Attractions & Buildings
Open weekends, bank holidays, and Thurs in Aug. Admission: adult £6, child £3.50, family £15. Entry to tea-room and gardens free. The 300 year old estate is a spot of rural splendour amid Teesside’s urban chaos (you know it has to be good when the National Trust puts its name on it) The decor of the home is a testament to the now resurgent rococo 18th Century style and the grounds make the average garden look like a humble plant pot.
Ouseburn Farm Education Centre
Forming part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the Castle on one side and the Cathedral on the other, Palace Green lies at the centre of a truly spectacular scene. Framed by the University of Durham Music Department, Palace Green Library and the Union Society Debating Chambers, Palace Green is easily accessible from Durham train station by the regular Durham Cathedral Bus.
Path Head Water Mill
1 April-30 Sept 10am-5pm, 1 October-March 31 11am-3pm. Adult £3.50/Concs £2 A restored 18th century watermill complete with working waterwheel and machinery. Grounds with exhibits, picnic area and local wooded walks & renewable energy exhibits (wind and water power).
Houghton le Spring
Open dawn to dusk all year. Free. The monument dominates the skyline on Penshaw Hill, overlooking the river Wear. This Sunderland landmark was built in 1844 and is dedicated to John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham and the first Governor of Canada.
Piercebridge Roman Fort
Free entry, open any reasonable time. The Piercebridge Roman Fort was built around 260 - 270 AD on the banks of the River Tees and was used regularly by the Romans up until the 5th Century. It’s a great way to go back in time without trying to build a dangerous contraption.
Durham City Centre, southern peninsula of river Dating from 1777, this bridge has one of the best river views in the city. The Cathedral spirals up above, whilst trees and foliage adorn the riverbank.
Queen's Hall Arts Centre
Box office open: 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, plus open one hour before performance start times in evenings. Arts venue offering visual arts exhibitions, comedy, theatre, film, live music and workshops.
May, June and September: Sunday to Wednesday. July and August: daily, except Saturdays. Park and Gardens: 11am to 5.30pm. Castle: 1pm to 4.30pm. Castle, park and gardens: Adult £10, children (5-15) £4.50, under-5s free, concs. £9, family £27. Park and gardens: Adults £6, children £2.50, concs. £5, family £15. A visit to Raby Castle will put all property programmes to shame because this Medieval fortress has being showing the north-east how to live in style for nearly 1,000 years. It has a traditional 18th Century garden with plenty of deer. You move through the ages as you move through the interior, from the medieval kitchen to the Gothic vaulting in the hall ways: a great day out for all the family.
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10.30am-5pm, Sundays 12pm-4pm An interiors shop which sells ‘REscued and REstored found objects from around the world’. And very stylish they are too.
Redcar is a family coastal resort with a good range of accommodation, cafes and shops. Children are well catered for with playground, BMX track and indoor and outdoor funfairs. The Esplanade is decked with fishermen's' 'cobles' and the RNLI Zetland Museum houses the world's oldest surviving lifeboat, the 'Zetland', built in 1880.
Open: April-Sept 10am-5pm Wed-Sun. Closed: 1st Oct–31st March. Adults £3.90, Conc. £350, Child (under 16) £2.30 Children under 5 go free.
As well as the fabulous St. Peter’s beach, for many, one of Roker’s main attractions is the 200 berth Marina complex, which offers up all sorts of thrilling water-based sports from sailing and canoeing to pleasure fishing and river cruising. Heritage fans and art lovers visiting the area should also check out St. Andrew’s Church: designed by Edward Prior one hundred years ago and much inspired by the Arts and Craft Movement.