5 Historical Outings Around Durham | Home Instead

Durham with its world-famous Cathedral and Castle are well known but you’ll find lots of other hidden gems all over County Durham that all the family can enjoy - take a walk i

Durham with its world-famous Cathedral and Castle are well known but you’ll find lots of other hidden gems all over County Durham that all the family can enjoy – take a walk into yesteryear with these six historical outings around Durham

Life in the past and reminiscing can bring much pleasure to people in their senior years. Staying active and engaging in activities is vital for older people, so why not make a day of it and bring the whole family to make new memories while walking down memory lane with some of these offering around Durham.

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

This is one of Durham’s largest attractions, situated on the outskirts of Durham and Chester le Street, this guarantees a great day out for young and old alike.

Take a walk through the decades from Victorian Britain to the recently developed 1950’s town, a colliery, a pit village, take a ride on a tram, view how farming used to be.

Why not pop into the old sweet shop for a quarter of cinder toffee, pick up fish and chips cooked on a coal range. For the more adventurous take a ride deep down in to the mine drift.

Plenty of parking, places to eat and sit. Dogs are allowed in some areas but restrictions do apply to many of the buildings, check before you go.

Our clients can often be found having a wander around here with their Care Professional during an afternoon of companionship.

Due to the nature of the open-air museum, there are uneven paths and steps, access for wheelchairs is limited due to the age of the buildings and steps at entrances of some buildings and exhibits. Free wheelchair hire is available at the main desk. Accessible toilets.

HMR Trincomalee

A spectacular example of a Royal Navy sailing frigate built in 1816, not long after the end of the Napoleonic War. The oldest floating British war ship, now a museum ship in Hartlepool in the historic 18th century seaport where you can walk back in time and get a sense of life on the sea.

Whilst there why not call into the Museum of Hartlepool where your journey starts 5000 years ago and travels through the centuries to the 1960’s.

Tanfield Railway

Having the accolade of the ‘World’s Oldest Railway’ you can enjoy a ride back in time on the steam locomotive and view the oldest railway bridge in the world, Causey Arch built in 1727.

You can wander around the shed yard and see other engines and there is a pub 600yads from the railway for refreshments.

Binchester Roman Fort

A little further out, but still within County Durham is a fine example of a Roman Fort, once one of the largest in Britain, it has 2 bathhouses that have been really well preserved, you can walk in the footsteps of Roman Soldiers.

The majority of the site is accessible, a small range of refreshments and souvenirs are available with toilets in a portaloo building, but dogs are not allowed on site.

Ushaw Historic House, Chapel and Gardens

May people aren’t aware of this incredible building and its history, situated in beautiful countryside about 5 miles from Durham City and just outside Ushaw Moor and Bearpark.

There is so much to do here from a tour of the house and chapel, a wander around the spectacular gardens, an exhibition and café are all set within the 500-acre estate.

The story and history behind this estate is fascinating, built behind a row of trees to look like a Georgian Country House, whilst keeping hidden and safe, after the French Revolution, a recently returned Catholic community led by a forward-thinking Bishop. Stand in awe looking at the sacred spaces and iconic treasures.

Durham is full of history at every turn and in every village and town with plenty of easy to reach attractions that are as unusual as they are interesting. Modern Durham can be fun but try to enjoy the rich tapestry of history that makes this area so special.

Find out more about supported living in this area and see if home care in Durham and Chester le Street could be right for your loved ones.