Anker's House Museum

St Mary and St Cuthbert's Church
Chester-le-Street DH3 3QB

The Anker's House adjoining the Parish Church was the residence of an Anker/Anchorite - a religious recluse from the 14th to the 16th century and was probably established sometime around 1350 - 1380. Up until 1547 it was the residence of six anchorites who in turn were walled up in the house for life to spend their time in prayer and contemplation.

Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle, Market Place
Bishop Auckland DL14 7NR

Set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland above the River Wear, Auckland Castle has been home to the Bishop of Durham for over 900 years. After the Norman Conquest, the Bishop of Durham was granted exceptional powers to act as a political and military leader. As England's one and only Prince-Bishop, he was the second most powerful man in the country and effectively ruled the area between the Tyne and the Tees.

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

Beamish Museum
Beamish DH9 0RG

Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish, and discover what life was like in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of County Durham countryside. Founded in 1970 to illustrate the development of industry, agriculture and the way of life in the North East of England, Beamish is situated in 300 acres of woodland and farmland. Home Farm, a fine 19th century model farmstead, and Pockerley Old Hall, with its medieval stronghouse dating to the 1400s, are both listed buildings preserved in situ.

Bowes Museum, The

Barnard Castle
Durham DL12 8NP

Founded over 100 years ago, by John and Jos?_phine Bowes, the magnificent building contains the greatest collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England. Collections: This collection contains paintings, ceramics, items of woodwork and objects d'art.

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Skinningrove TS13 4AP

The museum offers visitors an opportunity to discover the skills and customs that built Cleveland's ironstone heritage. It is the only museum in the UK which tells the story of ironstone mining; a key part of the local history of the social and industrial development of Cleveland and Teesside.

Durham Cathedral

The College
Durham DH1 3EH

A UNESCO World Heritage Site with breathtaking Romanesque architecture, exquisite stained glass, the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the resting place of St Bede. Things to do include climbing the Cathedral Tower, exploring the monks' dormitory, guided tours and special exhibitions.

Durham Heritage Centre & Museum

St Mary-le-Bow, North Bailey
Durham DH1 3ET

Durham Heritage Centre and Museum tells the story of the City of Durham from medieval times to the present day. The museum is situated in the redundant Church of St Mary-le-Bow, close to the World Heritage Site of the Cathedral and Castle.

Durham Light Infantry Museum & Durham Art Gallery

Aykley Heads
Durham DH1 5TU

The museum tells the proud story of County Durham's own Regiment The Durham Light Infantry from 1758 to 1968, with particular emphasis on WW1 & WW2. The displays focus on the experience of war, using letter & diary extracts, plus the actual voices of DLI WW2 soldiers.

Hartlepool Arts & Museum Service

Sir William Gray House, Clarence Road
Hartlepool TS24 8BT

Hartlepool Arts and Museums Service began in 1920 with the opening of the Gray Art Gallery & Museum, the building and the original collection of paintings given by Captain W. Gray, as a thank-offering for the safe return of his son from the 1914-18 War. Since then the collections have been built upon areas of social and maritime history, Asian art, natural history and decorative arts.

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

North Road Station
Darlington DL3 6ST

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum was first opened in 1975 and is housed within North Road Station, built in 1842 for the Stockton & Darlington Railway. The Stockton & Darlington Railway was the first steam hauled public railway and was opened on September 27th 1825.

Heugh Battery Museum

Moor Terrace, The Headland
Hartlepool TS24 0PS

The Heugh Gun Battery is situated on the Headland in Hartlepool. This area of the North East coast is rich in history and the museum aims to educate its visitors on part of that history.

Killhope - The North of England Lead Mining Museum

Near Cowshill, Upper Weardale
Co Durham DL13 1AR

Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum, is a multi award winning museum. Killhope is the only lead mine in the North-east open to the public.

Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Shildon DL4 1PQ

We're home to over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects. Visit us and you can marvel at iconic locomotives, watch engineering work in progress in the Workshop and browse our object-filled Warehouse.

Museum of Hartlepool, The

Jackson's Docks, Maritime Avenue
Hartlepool TS24 0XZ

This award-winning museum is the finest free show in town. You'll enjoy the hundreds of exhibits which include the restored paddle steam ship Wingfield Castle; a real 'fishing coble' to climb aboard; the finest 'gas illuminated lighthouse'; sea monsters and monkey fish.

Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology

The Banks
Durham DH1 3EB

Highlights include outstanding Roman collections together with Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Tudor finds from Durham City and the local area.

Oriental Museum

Durham University, Elvet Hill
Durham DH1 3TH

The Oriental Museum is the only museum in the North of Britain devoted solely to the art and archaeology of the Orient. The remarkable collections reveal the great cultures of Asia; the Near and Middle East; and North Africa.

Palace Green Library

Durham University Library, Palace Green
Durham DH1 3RN

Founded in 1833 and occupying listed buildings within the Durham World Heritage site, the Palace Green Library of Durham University houses archives, early printed books and other special collections. The Library has two exhibition spaces: the Wolfson Gallery, which regularly exhibits treasures from all of the university's heritage collections and the Dunelm Gallery.

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Preston Hall, Yarm Road
Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH

Nestled alongside the River Tees, Preston Hall, a former Georgian gentleman's residence and former home of industrial magnate Robert Ropner, houses a varied collection of Teesside's treasures. Walk through the impressive doors to find out more about those who lived there, the varied museum collection, the vital role the mighty River Tees has played throughout history and the leisure time pursuits that were just as popular then as they are today.

Weardale Museum at High House Chapel

Weardale DL13 1HD

This Small Folk Museum was formed in 1985 by a group of volunteers in their third age. It is housed in the former Manse to High House Chapel, which is now the oldest Methodist Chapel in the World which has been in continuous weekly use since its foundation in 1760. Collections: A 19th century period kitchen depicting life for leadminer/farming families; the Wesley Room which houses Methodist artefacts from the Wesleyan and Primitive traditions from 1760 and the 13 visits of John Wesley to High House Chapel; the 1788 Westgate Subscription Library; a superb collection of crystalized minerals and fossils; the complete census for Stanhope Parish 1841-1901 and other genealogical resources.

Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre

Cemetery Road, (in the old chapel of rest)
Wheatley Hill DH6 3JZ

The Heritage Centre in Wheatley Hill is a great place to visit to obtain a flavour of the village and its life and times. Collections: Mostly related to the industrial background of the village but also acknowledging the earlier agricultural traditions which still exist.