Less than a mile from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle, close to Durham University and a five-minute walk from the mainline train station, The Kingslodge Inn is a great base for a break away in this fantastic city, recently voted one of the nation’s favourites. The Kingslodge Inn is also perfectly placed for exploring the exciting attractions and beautiful countryside of County Durham.
Stroll along the winding cobbled streets of Durham City up to Durham Cathedral – one of the great buildings of Europe – which has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost a millennium, inspiring all who come to visit.
Voted Britain’s best building by BBC Radio 4 listeners and The Guardian readers, Durham Cathedral certainly stands proud. Set on a rocky promontory next to the Castle, with the medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping round, the profile of the World Heritage Site is instantly recognisable to travellers on the East Coast railway line.
History-lovers can experience Durham’s amazing heritage brought to life at Beamish Museum – a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside, brought to life by costumed folk.
The Kingslodge Inn provides the perfect accommodation for you to enjoy Beamish throughout the year with its exciting programme of events, The Great North Festival of Transport, a Georgian Fair, The Great North Festival of Agriculture and much more besides, including a whole season of historical Christmas festivities.
Marvel at over 2,000 years of spellbinding history at Open Treasure, a new world-class exhibition experience at the heart of Durham Cathedral.
Durham Cathedral has invested over £10 million in Open Treasure, which sees the Cathedral opening up previously hidden spaces within the Cathedral Cloister which represent some of the most intact surviving medieval monastic buildings in England and home to the best-preserved monastic library in the British Isles.
The story of these remarkable buildings is told, revealing their historical and architectural significance through the creation of a new exhibition route which begins in the magnificent fourteenth-century Monks’ Dormitory and ends in the Great Kitchen.
Discover the force of nature at High Force, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England, in the heart of the Durham Dales.
The most majestic of waterfalls, it is both a magnificent sight and the perfect photo opportunity. From its rise as a trickle, high on the heather covered fells at the top of the North Pennines, to the top of the whin sill rock at Forest-in-Teesdale, the River Tees steadily grows and gathers pace, then it suddenly and spectacularly drops 21 metres into the plunge pool below. A gentle and pretty woodland walk leads you to view this spectacular sight at the base of the falls. High Force is surrounded by the stunning countryside of Upper Teesdale and is situated in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Following a recent £3 million investment, Wharton Park is a gem in the heart of Durham with commanding views over the city. At its summit there are Grade-2 listed battlements dating back to 1858. 19th century philosopher John Ruskin, described the spectacular views as “the Eighth Wonder of the World”.
The park is home to a putting green, miniature car track, junior play area and even an outdoor gym as well as quiet areas to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Bowes Museum is the jewel in the heart of the historic market town of Barnard Castle in the beautiful Durham countryside of Teesdale. Housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts, the Museum was purpose built in the 19thC by wealthy businessman John Bowes and his French actress wife Josephine.
Located less than an hour’s drive away in the Durham Dales, The Kingslodge Inn provides the perfect accommodation for you to enjoy the delights of The Bowes Museum.
Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon was the first national museum to be built in the North East and opened in 2004.
Sited at Shildon, the home of the first ever steam hauled passenger train which operated during the opening ceremony of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. Visitors to the museum can see Timothy Hackworth’s pioneering locomotive “Sans Pareil”, built in 1829.
This family-friendly attraction is now home to over 70 vehicles from the National Collection. Visitors may also enjoy a ride on a passenger steam train service, on special event days throughout the year.
The 13th century Grade-1 listed medieval hall with Jacobean drawing room, turret and gallery in Durham City, just a few minutes walk from The Kingslodge Inn, is set in four acres with two walled gardens, a maze, a silver and white garden and a Shakespeare garden.
Soak up the atmosphere over a home-made cream tea in the pretty courtyard or in front of a log fire in the Georgian dining room. Country Life described the Hall as having “history, romance and beauty”, and it’s just waiting to capture your heart.
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