Visit Northumberland (including Durham)
As news emerges that the prime minister’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, took a 260 mile trip from London to Durham during Britain’s lockdown, the spotlight has now been thrown on this gem located in North East England.
Steeped in history and with stunning countryside it is no wonder that people travel from far and wide to experience what Northumberland and Durham have to offer. Here at Bookitlist we aim to provide you, and Mr Cummings if he’s reading, with our top things to visit in Durham and the surrounding county of Northumberland whilst you are in the vicinity.
1. Visit Durham Cathedral
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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a truly magical spectacle. So much so that the Cathedral has appeared in the Harry Potter film series. The Cathedral has been welcoming visitors since 1093 and guests can now seek to obtain fantastic views over Durham from the Cathedral’s central tower.
There is just a small matter of the 325 steps to overcome first! If you have travelled from far and wide to get here then adding an additional 325 steps shouldn’t hurt.
2. Visit Hadrian’s Wall
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must for anybody keen to understand Britain’s cultural history. Hadrian’s Wall was built by the Romans to protect the northern limit of the Roman Empire. There are a number of trails to traverse along the wall including the Chesters Trail that begins 6 miles from the Northumberland market town of Hexham. For more information about these trails is available here. This fresh air should be a welcome relief from those travelling long journeys by car from places such as London.
3. Visit Bamburgh Castle
The site of this Grade I Listed Building has been inhabited for over 12,000 years. As such there is a lot of history to discover within this castle located in the beautiful Northumberland countryside. Bamburgh Castle is host of two museums with one of these dedicated to historical treasures found by archaeologists at the site. A wander around the grounds that house this beautiful castle should be a welcome relief for anybody wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of city life during lockdown.
4. Visit Beamish – The Living Museum of the North
If you, or Mr Cummings, would like a trip down memory lane to remember a time before Covid-19 then why not take a trip to this open-air museum based on a 1900s town. With a functioning sweet shop, pub and fish and chip shop all at your disposal it is a great place to reminisce on the nostalgia times gone by!
Dominic Cummings Quiz
To find out more about what Durham had to offer Mr Cummings during his stay why not take our quiz located here.