Summer in Durham: Cottages, Cathedrals and Kynren

Posted 8 May 17, written by Amanda Lambert

Just 30 minutes by car from the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham is historic city which was founded over the final resting place of St Cuthbert. Home to England’s third oldest university and a Norman cathedral which was formerly a centre of pilgrimage in medieval England, Durham is the perfect holiday hotspot for learning all about the North East’s wealth of history.
With miles of captivating countryside just a stone’s throw from the acclaimed city centre, a getaway to this corner of the country is a must for hikers and nature-lovers alike - and where could be better than to rest your head than in one of our stylish cottages? Durham is no doubt one of the most beautiful places to visit during the summertime, and that’s why today, we’re bringing you the inside scoop on everything from the must-sees to the self catering options that come with a stay in this corner of Britain.

Durham: things to see and do


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Standing tall over the city, the staggering Norman architecture of Durham Cathedral is truly a sight to behold. Whether you admire the view from the banks of the River Wear or pay a visit to the shrine of St Cuthbert, this magnificent World Heritage Site is sure to take your breath away.
If you’re looking to explore the area’s natural beauty, why not take a trip to High Force waterfall on the River Tees? With a private and a public footpath on the respective north and south banks, pack your own picnic and spend the day by the impressive waterfall - which boasts the largest volume of water falling over an unbroken drop in England.
For a fun-filled family day out, Beamish is a must for anyone visiting the North East. A world famous open air museum which brings history back to life, Beamish boasts countless interactive opportunities - so you and your little ones can explore what life was like during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.

Celebrating British history with Kynren


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Whether you’re a culture vulture or just keen to learn more about the nation’s wealth of history, there’s surely nowhere better to absorb 2,000 years of British history, myth and legend than in the North East. With an array of castles, ruins and of course, Hadrian’s Wall closeby, Bishop Auckland is the perfect setting for Kynren - the world-class open air performance which tells the story of England’s rich history. Launched in 2016 by Eleven Arches, this volunteer-run production is returning for a second season this year, as the UK’s only open air night show.
Just a 20 minute drive from Durham’s city centre, step back in time on an action-packed voyage through the ages in Bishop Auckland and learn about everything from the Roman invasion to the Second World War during this sunset production. With the staggering backdrop of Auckland Castle setting the scene, over 1,500 volunteer cast members, over 50 performance animals and first class pyrotechnics bring this epic tale of English history to life. With the production running from the 1st July until the 16th September, whether you’re an avid theatre-goer or hoping to delve into the area’s dramatic past, make sure that an evening at Kynren is on your summertime itinerary.

Staying in Durham: self catering options

Our range of beautifully furnished holiday cottages in Durham means that you can enjoy all of the home comforts that you could need, while still being in close proximity to the city’s best attractions. For a couples retreat that will give you absolute privacy, Quarry Cottage is one of the most characterful countryside cottages in Durham, and with rustic furnishings throughout as well as its own patio area, you can celebrate your summertime break with style. 
If you’re looking for family-friendly self catering accommodation in Durham, Holly Cottage is a comfortable 7-bed which is just a stone’s throw from the picturesque villages of Hunstanworth and Blanchland. Looking for somewhere suitable for larger parties? With the 5-bed Hornbeam Cottage closeby, our rustic Durham holiday cottages will be the perfect setting for making memories with your loved ones.
Steeped in history and home to some of England’s most impressive views, there’s endless reasons why you should visit Durham this summer. With the sun finally making an appearance, there’s never been a better time to organise your getaway to the North East, so head online now to browse our range of magnificent holiday cottages in Durham. 
At Cottages in Northumberland, we know that when it comes to self catering in Durham, you’ll need somewhere that meets your every need - so why not call us on 0191 231 3020 today and see how we can help you?
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