County Durham Historic and Architectural Properties and Gardens

Castles, Abbeys, Churches, Houses, Estates and Gardens, Industrial Heritage attractions and museums (English Heritage / National Trust / others) many with brief details of disabled access.
Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the Durham Attractions and Nature pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.

We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed


Auckland Castle - Auckland Charitable Trust – “For almost 900 years, it has been the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham” – castle, art collection, deer park, tea room - The route from car parking areas within Bishop Auckland is flat and easy. Our main garden areas are also flat. The Deer Park has paved access. No disabled access to some areas within the Castle.


Barnard Castle (ruin) - English Heritage - picnic area, shop - One disabled/unisex toilet, Sensory Garden suitable for disabled access


Bowes Museum - Award Winning Museum - Barnard Castle – various collections are displayed on three floors of the French-styled building. - wheelchair access to most areas – “Disabled visitors are encouraged to contact the Museum in advance”


Crook Hall and Gardens - Sidegate, Durham - The 13th century Grade I listed Medieval hall in Durham City provides spectacular backdrop to the stunning gardens. A number of gardens, ponds, maze, cafe - we have no accessibility info on this site -


Durham University Botanic Garden - many different natural areas and hidden artworks around every corner - Visitor Centre, Exhibitions - - Wheel chair and motorised scooter are available for visitor use (contact the Garden and reserve in advance). The Visitor Centre and Glasshouses are easily accessible by wheel chairs - The paths to the rest of the Garden are generally good, but due to the nature of the Garden are quite steep in parts, Disabled toilet and baby changing click to see see their Access Statement


Raby Castle - Discover One of England's Finest Medieval Castles – with fine interiors and architecture spanning the Medieval, Victorian, Georgian and Regency periods, stunning art collection, walled gardens, 200 acre deer park, horse-drawn carriage collection, tearooms, woodland play area, plus special events - Parts of the castle ground floor are wheelchair accessible and there is a level access DVD presentation viewing area, which includes subtitles showing the interior of the castle situated on the ground floor in the Entrance Hall. Baby changing facilities. Accessible toilets in the Coach Yard near the tearooms. Wheelchairs are available, which can be booked in advance.


Rokeby Park - Barnard Castle - built by Sir Thomas Robinson in the Palladian style ca. 1730 - Paintings and period furniture, a unique collection of needlework pictures and an unusual 'Print Room'. - Wheelchair access to ground floor only. Toilets are not accessible for wheelchairs.


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