As we've discovered, Durham is a diverse area of rugged coastline and rolling dales centred around a charming historic city.
But here are a few things you might not know about Durham and the surrounding countryside from the fantastic team at Visit County Durham.
2016 marked 30 years of Durham Cathedral and Castle as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson and former Prime Minister Tony Blair attended the Choristers School in Durham City at the same time.
The 183rd Durham Regatta took place in 2016 on the River Wear in Durham City. Often called “the Henley of the North” it is, in fact, five years older than its southern counterpart.
Durham Cathedral was voted the UK’s No1 Landmark by TripAdvisor users in 2013. Together with Durham Castle, the cathedral was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986.
The poet Lord Byron married Anne Isabella Milbanke at Seaham Hall in 1815. The marriage lasted little more than a year but the register at the nearby Church of St Mary the Virgin contains Byron’s signature. Seaham Hall on Durham Heritage Coast is now a luxury hotel.
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