Durham is a destination packed with new experiences in stunning historic buildings and award-winning museums. Visit County Durham’s newest seasonal campaign invites visitors to delve into Durham’s past and make their own history across the county.

Launching in May 2018, the campaign aims to showcase Durham’s unique strand of history which includes a mix of iconic buildings with internationally renowned collections and a programme of world-class events to drive visits, in particular overnight stays. The campaign will focus on attracting visitors to Durham’s historic offering – outlining Durham’s heritage in all its guises by lighting up the past.

Central to the campaign will be the creation of short films. Each insightful film will take the viewer on a ‘behind the scenes’ experience and will culminate with a personal invitation for the audience to visit Durham and ‘make their own history’.

Durham’s historic UNESCO inscribed cityscape is a major draw, with the cathedral, castle and architecturally striking University buildings and seasonal exhibitions in Palace Green Library offering strong appeal to out of region visitors.

Beyond the city lies a wealth of attractions which chart the history of the county’s evolution – the unforgettable sights and sounds of Beamish, which brings the past to life to Raby Castle and its beautiful 200-acre deer park, walled gardens and collections; one of England’s finest medieval castles waiting to be explored.

The programme of events and international collections of art and artefacts housed in the The Bowes Museum have national appeal. The transformation of the historic market town of Bishop Auckland with the historic castle at its heart is moving on apace with new visitor centre and galleries attracting global attention, complemented by the return of the spectacular world-class historic Kynren event taking place this Summer.

Michelle Gorman, managing director at Visit County Durham, said: “We’re delighted to launch our history campaign which will further raise our national profile and attract more visitors to experience our wonderful county – boosting the visitor economy. What sets Durham apart are the opportunities to truly experience history in an interactive way, and during 2018 there are even more exciting chances to make your own history with a stay in Durham”.

Supported by quality, historic accommodation options throughout the county, these multi-dimensional layers of history have appeal and interest of visitors of all tastes.

This is History. This is Durham campaign is set to run until September 2018.  

To find out more, visit: https://www.thisisdurham.com/history

CAPTION: Members of staff from each attraction who star in the This is History. This is Durham short films. 

From L-R Toni Jackson from Radisson Blu Durham, Marie-Thérèse Mayne from Durham Cathedral, Matthew Henderson from Beamish Museum, Michelle Gorman from Visit County Durham, Caitlyn Potts from Palace Green Library, Pat Riddle from Raby Castle and Chara Forrest from Seaham Hall Hotel.