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County Durham

Discover the wonder of County Durham’s sacred heritage.

Take a weekend break and visit a county rich in pilgrim trails, with over 1,400 years of church history to explore.

One of the finest surviving examples of Romanesque architecture is Durham Cathedral, with its breathtaking vaulted ceiling soaring skywards like the choristers voices. Or, step back to the 7th century and be spellbound by the craftsmanship of Saxon stonemasons who built their tiny church at Escomb.

Explore the best of County Durham's churches. 

Here are a just few amazing churches, visit our map to find many more.

County Durham

County Durham churches on our map

St Brandon, Brancepeth

The most important collection of medieval cross slabs (carved stones formerly used to cover graves) in northern England.


Durham Cathedral

The finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe, renowned for its spectacular location in the heart of the Durham.


Escomb Saxon Church

Sitting in a sunken circular enclosure, this is one of only three complete Saxon churches in Britain.


St Mary Magdalene, Hart

An ancient enigmatic building in a rural setting of Hart, adjacent to the remains of the de Brus Manor House and medieval fishpond field.


Whitworth Parish Church, Whitworth

First mentioned in 1183 in the Bolden Book, containing two 13th century stone effigies of a knight in armour and his lady.



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Hadrian’s wall

The Tyne Valley is known for its fine concentration of early churches, many built with stones recycled from the wall, arguably the best surviving concentration north of the Alps!

Durham is an amazing county in northeast England, just three hours by train from London, and less than two from Edinburgh.

Based on ancient pilgrim routes, at the ‘Christian Crossroads of the British Isles’ and bringing the fascinating stories of the region’s Saints to life against a backdrop of the very best attractions, landscapes, places to eat.

Getting here

Durham is served by excellent roads. The A1/A1(M) motorway provides fast, easy access from the north and south. It's also just three hours by train from London, and less than two from Edinburgh. 

Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley international airports are nearby and Manchester Airport is accessible by road or rail.