Durham's beautiful, Grade 1-listed medieval manor house Crook Hall, dating from around the 13th century, is a short distance from the town centre and one of its most popular attractions. The house and magnificent gardens are open to the public, and cream teas are served in a pretty courtyard in summer, or in front of a roaring log fire in winter. Most visitors are intrigued by the 17th-century Jacobean room in the house, allegedly haunted by the ghost of the 'White Lady', a niece of a former resident of the house.
Address: Frankland Lane, Sidegate
Telephone: (0)191 384 8028
Opening times: Open daily between 18 March and 30 September, from 11am to 5pm
Admission: Â£6 (adults), Â£5 (children). Concessions and family tickets are available.