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Stay a little longer...

A visit to Palace Green Library provides a wonderful opportunity to explore more of Durham’s treasures.

With majestic Durham Cathedral one side of Palace Green Library, and the imposing Durham Castle on the other, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is the ideal base from which to embark on a short break steeped in history and heritage.

See the shrine of St Cuthbert, admire the exquisite stained glass, climb to the top of the Cathedral tower or simply stop for a bite to eat inside this marvellous building before exploring more of Durham City. Discover the city’s museums, galleries, boutiques and artisan workshops, or enjoy a relaxing riverside walk with unforgettable views. Don’t miss Crook Hall and Gardens, a 750-year old manor house with breathtaking gardens just minutes from the city centre.

Stay a little longer and see Durham’s heritage come to life at award-winning attractions across the county. In the Vale of Durham, admire the treasures inside Auckland Castle which was the palace of the Prince Bishops for more than 900 years. Step into history itself at Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, England’s largest Open Air Museum, or discover the county’s role in the development of the railways at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

In the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you will find wonderful attractions amongst the breathtaking landscapes and market towns; don’t miss The Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and Killhope – an award-winning lead mining museum. Plus, seek out High Force, one of England’s most impressive waterfalls.

And if you prefer coast to countryside, head for the Durham Heritage Coast for dramatic views – look out for the marina, heritage centre and visitor centre.

Get more information, find accomodation and plan your break with This is Durham.