Special Offers for Hotel and Bed & Breakfast
NE16 5EG, Beamish, Beamish Burn Road, Marley Hill
Surrounded by countryside, The Beamish Park Hotel features an award-winning restaurant and luxury bedrooms with flat-screen TVs. Just 10 minutes from Newcastle, there is free Wi-Fi and free parking. The stylish rooms at Beamish Park... read more
£ 55.80View Rates
DL12 9SE, Barnard Castle, Greta Bridge
Located in the picturesque hamlet of Greta Bridge, this traditional and peaceful 4-star AA hotel is in a beautiful location close to the Tees Valley and Yorkshire Dales. The Morritt Hotel is Teesdale’s hidden treasure,... read more
£ 76.50View Rates
DL3 8QH, Darlington, Blackwell Grange
This historic 17th-century mansion is set in 15 acres of woodland, a 20-minute walk from Darlington town centre. With free Wi-Fi, it features a leisure centre with an indoor swimming pool and a gym. The... read more
£ 58.50View Rates
DH1 2HJ, Durham, Eden Terrace
This hotel offers free Wi-Fi, and is just off the A1 motorway next door to the Bannatyne Health Club. Guests staying at Bannatyne Hotel Durham can access the Bannatyne Health Club and Spa, for a... read more
£ 50.00View Rates
TS24 8AA, Hartlepool, Swainson Street
Just a mile from Hartlepool’s picturesque Marina and Quay, Best Western Grand Hotel offers spacious rooms and free Wi-Fi. There is also an Indian restaurant and sports bar. Set in a period townhouse, the large,... read more
£ 26.10View Rates
TS21 2EH, Sedgefield, Sedgefield
Set in 120 acres of parkland, Hardwick Hall Hotel lies in the heart of the beautiful County Durham countryside. Stunning views may be enjoyed across the gardens and lake. Free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout. The... read more
£ 71.10View Rates
DH6 5NH, Durham, Bowburn
Approximately 6.5 km from Durham, this small country house hotel has easy access to the A1(M) and features 19 individually styled en suite bedrooms. This charming hotel has a beautiful, tranquil location in 5 acres... read more
£ 53.10View Rates
TS21 3JB, Stockton-on-Tees, Off Durham Road
Thorpe Thewles Lodge is a rural family-run bed and breakfast that has been created from a restored converted barn. Wynyard Hall and Hardwick Hall can both be reached within a 10-minute drive. Set in a... read more
£ 80.00View Rates
DL1 2GB, Darlington, Rymers Court
These spacious and stylish apartments are 2 miles from Darlington town centre and offer free parking. Each has an open-plan, fully equipped kitchen and a modern lounge area. Free WiFi is available on site. Darlington... read more
£ 63.00View Rates
TS25 1BS, Hartlepool, The Front
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. In the evenings, you... read more
£ 55.00View Rates
DH1 5TA, Durham, Frankland Lane
Just 1 mile from Durham Rail Station and city centre, the Radisson Blu Durham has fantastic views of Durham Cathedral. It offers stylish rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, bar and modern health club. Each spacious... read more
£ 78.62View Rates
DH1 3JN, Durham, Old Elvet
Centrally located in the historic city of Durham, Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County boasts views of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle and is situated on the banks of the River Wear. Each room at Durham... read more
£ 76.00View Rates
DL2 3SW, Darlington, Piercebridge
On the banks of the River Tees, this lovely 16th century coaching inn has a restaurant overlooking the water and 36 bedrooms, many with stunning views of the river and the gardens. Behind its historic... read more
£ 39.00View Rates
DL14 8QB, Bishop Auckland, 13 Park View Terrace
Park Head Country Hotel and Restaurant is situated in the heart of County Durham and offers a warm, friendly welcome and free Wi-Fi in public areas and guestrooms. The spacious and comfortable en suite rooms... read more
£ 49.50View Rates
DH1 2NU, Durham, High Street North
Dating from 1724, this traditional English country inn is located on the edge of picturesque Shincliffe village, 2.4 km from Durham and Durham University. Seven Stars Inn has a restaurant that offers freshly prepared food... read more
£ 29.70View Rates
DH1 3HN, Durham, 34 Old Elvet
The Townhouse 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. Tastefully designed interiors... read more
£ 79.90View Rates
DL3 0BE, Darlington, Alliance Street Darlington
The comfort, space and privacy of your own home, with the services of a hotel, these modern apartments offer the ideal alternative to B&B and hotel stays in Darlington. With great value accommodation for both... read more
£ 66.60View Rates
DH9 0LS, Stanley, Beamish Burn Road
South Causey Inn is a friendly, welcoming hotel set in 100 acres within the beautiful Beamish Valley, between Newcastle and Durham. There are well-decorated en suite rooms, and excellent food recently given a ‘Taste of... read more
£ 105.00View Rates
DH4 6PY, West Rainton, Blackboy Road Fence Houses
A 12-minute drive from Durham city centre, OYO Chilton Country Pub And Hotel offers en suite rooms and an extensive restaurant menu. With free parking and WiFi, this hotel is around 8 minutes’ drive from... read more
£ 36.00View Rates
DH1 5DE, Durham, 62-64 Front Street
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,... read more
£ 71.10View Rates
Where to Stay ?
The county town of Durham, famous for its Romanesque cathedral, is a World Heritage Site. The Norman castle has been a university campus since 1840, but guided tours are available, and it also houses one of the many hotels in the city.
Alternatively, why not go for chic boutique style, or book a spa break, a popular trend right now? If you prefer something cheaper, look for a less-central b&b. In and around the area, you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities or cultural attractions such as the Mining Museum, the Palace Green Library housing the University’s special collections (open to the public), Durham Heritage Centre, and just nine miles away, the Beamish Open Air Museum.
As well as Durham, the region is home to several other historic cities with a romantic feel. Darlington, a substantial market town with a compact pedestrianised centre, and plenty of opportunities for a spot of retail therapy, was originally developed with finance from local Quakers.
Their support led to the birth of the Stockton and Darlington Railway and the first steam locomotive, and it subsequently became a significant manufacturing centre for the rail industry. The Head of Steam museum explains the history and displays old engines, while other attractions include iron age fortifications and several nature reserves. Choose from a variety of accommodation options, from luxury hotels with spas, to cheaper bed and breakfast.
Hartlepool, on the coast of the North Sea, was founded in the seventh century around a monastery, and in the Middle Ages was County Durham’s official port. The town prospered again with the facility to transport coal by rail, and through its thriving ship yards. Subsequent decline was followed by redevelopment of the docks, with the new interest from tourism leading to a demand for accommodation, whether upmarket, boutique or budget hotels, or b&bs.
Twelve miles away, the town of Easington Colliery has a proud history of coal mining, and lists the names of those involved in pit accidents. Take a circular walk from the car park over the railway and along the coastal path for breath-taking views.
Standing above the River Wear with fantastic views of the countryside around it, the busy market town of Bishop Auckland has also suffered from the loss of coal mines, and from rail cutbacks. It still offers visitors plenty to do, such as the new Mining Art Gallery, and places to stay, with a choice of self-catering apartments and houses, cheap bed and breakfast, and hotels.
The Pennine Hills run from the north of England southwards through impressive and romantic country, and the 772 square miles of the North Pennines have been recognised as both an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a UNESCO European and Global Geopark, the UK’s first. A Stargazing Festival takes place every autumn under night skies free of city lights, with everything from b&bs to spa hotels ready to welcome enthusiasts.
Discover the traditional stone-built houses of Allendale, twice winner of Village of the Year for England. Find a cheap self-catering property or bed and breakfast in the Allen Valley, and see in the New Year in the village – witness barrels of blazing tar being carried on the heads of villagers, to rid the coming year of evil spirits!
Explore the Killhope lead mining museum close to Cumbria’s border, or picnic over the thousand acres of the Derwent Reservoir on the boundary with Northumberland, where walking for all includes wheelchair-accessible trails. Hotels in the wider area include budget chains and privately-owned b&bs for a cheap option.
Pretty Blanchland, also on the Northumbrian border, consists of stones from the twelfth-century abbey worked by French canons in white habits – hence the village’s name. The Abbot’s house, now the Lord Crewe Arms, once concealed a Jacobite rebel behind a fireplace – just one of the many facts to discover in County Durham. All you need to do now is to find your accommodation!