Visitors are being invited to create their own history in Durham as part of Visit County Durham’s national marketing campaign.
Delve into Durham’s amazing history with a break in 2018 and see the past come to life at award-winning attractions, enthralling experiences and amazing events.
This is History. This is Durham centres around Durham’s internationally famous built heritage and outstanding natural landscapes. Based on the county’s vast historic visitor offering and the interests of target audiences, the campaign theme will focus on showcasing Durham’s history in all its guises by lighting up the past, while extending an invitation for visitors to bring the past to life and ‘make their own history’.
Take a tram ride back in time to experience the amazing sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes of the past at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, one of the largest open-air museums in the UK.
Don’t miss the Bodies of Evidence exhibition at Palace Green Library in the heart of Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, and discover how science unearthed Durham’s eerily dark secret. Whilst in Durham City, why not visit the majestic Durham Cathedral and their Open Treasure exhibition, the world-class exhibition experience which was recently opened by HRH the Prince of Wales?
Discover Raby Castle and its beautiful 200-acre deer park, with walled gardens, horse-drawn carriage collection, unique woodland play area and recently refurbished tearoom. A visit to the splendid Raby Castle provides a fascinating insight into more than 600 years of history.
The heritage landscape of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty UNESCO Global Geopark is waiting to be explored, and sheds light on how the county’s development was influenced by this landscape.
Whilst in the Durham Dales, the striking sight of the magnificent Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle will take your breath away. The 19th Century French-style chateau is as impressive on the inside too, housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative art.
Supported by a range of historic accommodation options throughout the county including the newly opened Hotel Indigo in a Grade II listed building, these multi-dimensional layers of history have appeal and interest to visitors of all tastes.
If you’re looking for history and heritage, you’ve come to the right place…
This is History. This is Durham campaign is set to run until September 2018.
To find out more, visit: https://www.thisisdurham.com/history
About Visit County Durham:
- Visit County Durham (VCD) is the Destination Management Organisation for County Durham working on behalf of businesses and public agencies. We came into being on 1 April 2006 and are a private, not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with a board of directors including an executive director.
- The Company’s main funder is Durham County Council. The private sector also contributes financially to our work in return for benefits and activities that meet their needs.
- Visit County Durham assists the county to fulfil its potential as one of North East England’s lead destinations, attracting visitors to the region from across the UK and from target overseas markets. Its objective is to ensure that the tourism sector performs to its maximum capacity and brings economic benefits to the county in the form of wealth and job creation. Its broad aims are to attract people to the area and to provide visitors with the best possible experience.
- Beamish, The Living Museum of the North: https://www.thisisdurham.com/history/beamish-the-living-museum-of-the-north
- Durham Cathedral: https://www.thisisdurham.com/history/durham-cathedral
- Durham University: https://www.thisisdurham.com/history/palace-green-library
- Raby Castle: https://www.thisisdurham.com/history/raby-castle
- The Bowes Museum: https://www.thisisdurham.com/history/the-bowes-museum
Historical accommodation partners: https://www.thisisdurham.com/history/accommodation
- Headlam Hall Hotel
- Hotel Indigo Durham
- The Rose & Crown, Romaldkirk
- Seaham Hall Hotel
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham