Relax in Cottages with Hot Tubs in County Durham
County Durham may not be a place that immediately springs to mind when you are considering a cottage with hot tub, but in fact this region is steeped in history and offers lots to see and do.
Beautiful scenery, historic buildings, and the famous north east hospitality what more could you want especially when you stay in a traditional cottage or luxury lodge with hot tub. Whether you are looking for family accommodation, pet friendly cottages or an indulgent romantic getaway, County Durham has it all.
Spend your days sightseeing at one of the many attractions, experience the county's proud food heritage and enjoy the vibrant nightlife before returning to your holiday home and relaxing in your own private outdoor jacuzzi.
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You will not be disappointed, and we have put together the best properties the region has to offer to make sure you are guaranteed a memorable stay.
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Places to Visit and Things to Do in County Durham
This list of some of the best attractions and sights will give you some idea of what to expect from your holiday and are definitely worth checking out.
1. Durham Cathedral
This World Heritage site is one of the most significant buildings in the UK, perched next to Durham castle on a hill overlooking the medieval city and river it is instantly recognisable. Built in the 11th century for Benedictine monks it is almost a thousand years old and welcomes around 700,000 visitors a year who come to marvel at the breathtaking stained glass and arguably the best example of Romanesque architecture in the world. The Cathedral was also used in the Harry Potter films for many of the Hogwarts scenes.
2. Beamish Museum
Set in 300 acres of gorgeous countryside this world-famous museum enables you to experience life in the north-east during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Experience a real taste of history as you wander around Pockerley Old Hall, Home Farm and the pit village complete with staff in costumes that bring the place to life. Beamish hosts a variety of events and food festivals throughout the year so there is always something going on.
3. Walworth Castle Birds of Prey
A fantastic day out for the whole family, this family-run falconry centre is situated in the magnificent grounds of Walworth Castle. Take the nature trail through magical ancient woodland and watch the amazing flying displays, meet the birds and see the feeding station. There are kids craft workshops, special events and of course you can enjoy a bite to eat and some delicious ice-cream at Walworth Castle hotel.
4. World War One Soldier Statue, Seaham
Weather permitting Seaham is the perfect way to spend a relaxing day, with its beautiful dog friendly beach and County Durham's only marina offering stunning views. Enjoy some fish and chips or an ice-cream as you stroll along the front and take a camera as you will also encounter Tommy the WW1 soldier. This impressive steel statue of a war weary soldier marked the centenary of the first world war, he is 9.5 ft tall and weighs a staggering 1.2 tonnes.
5. High Force Waterfall
You may be surprised to learn that County Durham boasts England's biggest waterfall with a 70ft drop High Force Waterfall is one of the most exceptional natural features in the area. The best way to experience the picturesque scenery is to take the circular 5-mile walk from Bowlees visitor centre perfect for a day out which includes the dog.
6. Shopping at the Metro Centre
Less than 20 miles from Durham you will find the intu Metrocentre Europe's best and largest shopping centre. With around 330 shops, including big department stores, independent boutiques and well-known high street brands. Over 60 bars, restaurants and coffee shops, a cinema, bowling, soft play and much more to keep the whole family entertained and after all that retail therapy bearing in mind if you walk past every shop you will have clocked up 3.5 miles, what better way to recover than sinking into the warm bubbles of your own private hot tub.
7. The Bowes Museum
Situated in the heart of the idyllic Durham countryside is the historic market town of Barnard Castle and this is where you will find the Bowes museum. An elegant grade-1 listed building it was built in the 19th century and houses 3 floors of the finest collections of art, pottery, silverware and fashion. Check out the museum's unique silver swan musical automation, stroll through the 22 acres of parkland and gardens, sample an indulgent afternoon tea at Café Bowes and have the opportunity to purchase some more unusual souvenirs in the well-stocked gift shop.
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Experience lots of digger-themed fun at this unique theme park perfect for a fun-filled day out with the kids (I bet the dads love it too) Isn't it every little boy's dream to drive a digger? with 19 rides and lots to do you are guaranteed an action-packed time, take a picnic or have a bite to eat in the reasonably priced cafe.
9. National Museum of the Royal Navy
If you are interested in boats and the long history of the royal navy you will love this museum. Situated at Hartlepool marina this is one of the north-east's premier attractions. Go back in time to the battle of Trafalgar, with realistic period buildings and guides in authentic costumes, there is so much to see and a day spent here is both educational and fun.
10. Barnard Castle
Featured in the Guardian's best small towns in the UK this historic market town, with its Georgian and Victorian architecture is crammed with antique shops, independent boutiques and craft shops, a must see for anyone visiting the region. Set above the river Tees popular with anglers and canoeists the castle itself is an English Heritage property which was built in the 12th century and later added too by Richard lll. In 1838, the area was visited by Charles Dickens while he researched Nicholas Nickleby, although I bet he didn't have a luxury cottage with hot tub to return to in the evening.
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