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The Durham Heritage Coastline with its dramatic views out across the North Sea, offers a rich tapestry of natural, historical and geological features, just waiting to be discovered. 

This stretch of the North East coast is as interesting as it is varied, its shallow bays hide a wealth of stories of adventure and discovery.  Relax and enjoy peace and tranquility or get active walking the Coastal Path or trying your hand at one of the water sports on offer along this part of the coast.

The Durham Heritage Coast’s designated landscapes are home to a rich variety of plants and wildlife. In the spring, the nature reserves along the coast are home to a breeding colony of Little Terns, one of Britain’s rarest sea birds. 

Explore Seaham, a small harbour town with spectacular views from the clifftop down to the harbour and sandy beach below. The local heritage centre and statue of the World War I “Tommy” explore the role of this part of the coast during the war. Nearby, Seaham Hall luxury hotel and spa provide the ultimate relaxation experience.

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The Durham and North East coast is best explored on foot along the coastal path to appreciate the natural beauty and rural landscape.

Along this part of the coast, you can also explore the industrial heritage of the many small mining communities. The inspiration of the fictional town in the Billy Elliot film and musical, these colliery towns which seem idyllic today were once industrial centres. Discover a wealth of local tales, which bring to life this important part of our heritage.

For a spot of retail therapy, Dalton Park, just inland from the coast is one of the largest outlet shopping centres in the North East with a wide variety of shops and restaurants.  

To the south, is the Tees valley with its seaside towns of Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea. These popular resorts in the Victorian era are home to a water-powered cliff lift and impressive pier that extends 200 metres from the shoreline.

Getting to Durham and North East

By Air
Direct flights from Holland, Germany and France to both Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley.

By Train
Two trains per hour from central London direct to Durham in under 3 hours . Further regional links can be made along the coast.

By Coach
Several coaches a day direct from central London to Durham in under 7 hours. 

By Sea
Daily overnight ferry from Rotterdam to Hull (12 hours) or Amsterdam to Newcastle (15 1/2 hours).

Car Hire

Available from airports and regionally. Collections from train stations can be arranged. 

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