About County Durham
County Durham is a sea-facing county of vivid contrasts, from the high cliffs of its Heritage coastline and its bleak, rugged moors, to smooth, inland valleys and a city steeped in political history.
County Durham was once the territory of the Prince Bishops of Durham, medieval church leaders endowed with far-reaching powers. Durham Cathedral, founded in 995, is a superb reminder of the age of these implicit rulers. It is one of the finest examples of cathedral architecture in the world, and holds the tombs of St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede. Durham Castle was built to house the Prince Bishops in suitable refinement. In 1837 the last Prince Bishop granted the castle to Durham University and it now serves as a residence for students.
With stone-walled fields, wide moors, areas of unspoilt natural beauty and exquisitely-preserved historic buildings, there is much to discover in County Durham. Use the links below for more information on the county. Alternatively, try searching for a district, town or parish within County Durham.
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Information and news on from government departments including Health and Social Care, Environment, and Leisure and Culture. Search for jobs and local services, make payments, apply for housing benefit, view licensing applications and report problems online.
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A guide to County Durham with information on the county's main attractions, including Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and the Bowes Museum. Search for accommodation and County Durham events online.
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The National Trust protect and open to the public historic houses and gardens, industrial monuments, forests, beaches, farmland, islands, archaeological remains, castles and nature reserves. Plan days out and holidays, walks and educational excursions. Plus details of how to become a member or get involved with charity work.
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General information on many of the annual arts festivals in County Durham, celebrating drama, music, cinema, literature and art.
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Raby Castle is one of the largest and most impressive of English medieval castles. Find out about the rich history of the castle, its interior collections and exhibitions, plus information on guided tours, educational excursions and events.
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