The 5 best accessible days out in County Durham

County Durham is a hotspot of accessible attractions, making it the perfect place to visit for a day trip or a staycation.

The area is chock-a-block with things to do, but we've narrowed down the five very best accessible attractions it has to offer. Read on to find your next day out.

Beamish Museum

No trip to County Durham is complete without a visit to Beamish. This open-air museum was created in the 1950s to bring the North East's rich history as an industrial powerhouse to life. It's made up of genuine period buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, and populated with friendly and informative volunteers in period dress. Take a step back in time on a visit to the old school house, the pit village, and the 1940s farm.

Carers can accompany a disabled person free of charge into Beamish. Once you're inside the museum, you'll be able to use the trams or buses that regularly run throughout the museum to get around. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to access are the Drift Mine and the old train carriage.

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Durham County Cricket Club

The Riverside Emirates, home of Durham County Cricket Club, hosts some of the UK's biggest test and T20 matches. There isn't a better day out in the North East for cricket fans: the stadium has excellent accessibility and spacious bays to enjoy the game from. Carers get in free, and there's ample disabled parking and toilet facilities around the stadium.

Find out more here.

The Bowes Museum

Set in the heart of the North East countryside and surrounded by 22 acres of parkland and gardens, Barnard Castle's Bowes Museum is the perfect destination for a day out in County Durham. The museum, which has received Designated status from the Government in recognition of the quality of its collections, features photography, fashion, and fine art from some of history's very best artists. While here, you can also enjoy the museum's most popular exhibit: the Silver Swan, a musical automaton built in 1773.

While the museum is a Grade I listed building, every effort has been made to make it fully accessible. Most areas feature wheelchair access, although some paths around the grounds are gravel and feature steps.

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Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is one of the North East's most iconic attractions. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to St Cuthbert's grave, this monastic masterpiece was built in 1093 and has been a place of pilgrimage and worship ever since. This awe-inspiring architectural masterpiece is an absolute must-see for anyone in the region.

Only the Chapel of Nine Altars, the Gregory Chapel, and the Shrine of St Cuthbert don't have wheelchair access — the rest of the cathedral is fully accessible. There are also accessible toilets and stewards on hand to help out whenever necessary.

Find out more here.

accessible-days-outHardwick Park

Hardwick Park is the perfect place if you're looking to get out and about in nature in County Durham. The park, which was originally designed as a private pleasure grounds in the 18th century, centres around a circuit walk set around two artificial lakes. Enjoy an idyllic stroll along this path, which was artificially engineered to look as natural as possible — a big departure from the prim and proper formal gardens of the time.

There are plenty of accessible parking bays at the park, and the visitor centre is also fully accessible. The circuit walk is a minimum of two metres wide all the way round, generally flat, and has no steps.

Find out more here.

If you're planning a day out in Durham, don't forget these five fantastic accessible destinations. They're some of the best the region has to offer.

Event Date: 
Monday, September 4, 2017

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