Durham Heritage Centre
Durham's colourful local history museum is housed in a medieval church, offering some interactive fun and interesting exhibits that detail the story of Durham, from ancient times to the present day. Exhibits include fascinating items like the 'Death Chair', used to carry sick boys from Durham School to the infirmary in days of yore, and a chilling recreation of a cell from the notorious Northgate Gaol. The Heritage Centre also has a brass-rubbing centre and offers an audio-visual show of the history of the town. A highly recommended attraction, budget at least two hours to take it all in.
Address: St Mary le Bow, North Bailey
Telephone: (0191) 384 5589
Opening times: Closed between November and March. Open in April and May on weekends and bank holidays only, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Open daily in June, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Open daily from July to September, from 11am to 4.30pm. Open in October on weekends only, from 2pm to 4.30pm