Durham Beaches and Coast

Durham's Heritage Coast is truly dramatic with romantic beaches, tall cliffs and wild headlands and is recognised all over the world for the rare plant and wildlife there.

A good path takes you along the coast leading you through grasslands, wildflowers and past animals in their natural habitat as well as those areas of historical interest so that you can really take in the amazing views across the ocean.

The cliff tops here are unique with their limestone grasslands and are a protected habitat for the varied wildlife that live there. Just inland are ancient yew and ash woodlands called 'Denes' with the biggest being Castle Eden Dene, a national reserve of over 500 acres with good walking paths and home to many hundreds of species of wild plants and flowers. The beaches here offer the opportunity to fly kites, windsurf, beach comb or simply relax.

Durham City takes you back to the medieval past with its cathedral dominated skyline and castle World Heritage Site. The dales and the area of the North Pennines are areas of outstanding natural beauty and home to this dramatic coast line. There are lots of good places to stay and many pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from in this area.

All Places in Durham

  • Seaham Beach

    Seaham Beach is a long stretch of sand sitting beneath grassy cliffs and is part of the Durham Heritage Coast. The beach is often used for sea angling competitions. Until 1921, Seaham was the location of the largest glass-bottle works in Britain. Founded by John Candlish in 1853, under the read more

  • The Townhouse

    Gadds Town House is set in a Grade II-Listed Georgian town house, offering individually themed rooms in Durham’s charming Old Elvet area. Durham Cathedral and the 11th-century castle are within 10 minutes’ walk.

  • Seaham Hall and Serenity Spa

    Set in 37 acres of rustic countryside, Seaham Hall and Serenity Spa features a cliff-top location and views over Durham’s heritage coastline. The award-winning spa offers a 20-metre indoor pool with massage stations, a sauna and a fitness centre.

  • Days Inn Durham

    With modern rooms, free Wi-Fi access and free parking Days Inn Durham is just off junction 61 of the A1 (M), about 4 miles from Durham city centre. Days Inn Durham is set within the Roadchef motorway service area at Bowburn Interchange.

  • The York House Hotel

    Situated in the centre of Hartlepool. The York House Hotel contains 14 bedrooms and features an on-site bar and Lusso Italian Restaurant (discounts given for hotel guests). Guests can enjoy free WiFi access throughout the property.

  • The Marine Hotel

    Located on the seafront at Seaton Carew, this comfortable hotel is ideally situated within one mile of Hartlepool Town Centre and in close proximity of businesses around the Seal Sands area.

  • Farnley Tower

    Farnley Tower provides stunning views over Durham Castle and Cathedral. The guesthouse is a prominent Victorian mansion, renowned for its architecture and gardens, and has free WiFi and free parking on site.

  • The Lambton Hounds Inn

    The Lambton Hounds is a family-run, 250-year-old coaching inn offering 7 comfortable en suite rooms, cask ales and great-value homemade food. It is a traditional local pub with a bar taken from the RMS Olympic, sister ship of the Titanic.

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