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Crimdon Dene Holiday Park, situated in the picturesque County Durham, offers a perfect blend of on-site amenities and access to the beautiful North East coastline.
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Durham Coastal Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, beautifully tucked away in the swathes of County Durham countryside.
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Set in 21 acres of breathtaking countryside, Heather View offers everything you need for a fantastic holiday experience.
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Sandy Park is a beautiful park is part of our exclusive Bouja Luxury Boutique Breaks Collection comprising of a spacious pods and two cottages each with outdoor hot tubs with wonderful views over the stunning Crimdon beach, the park is located next to a beautiful nature reserve with stunning walks from your doorstep.
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County Durham Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to County Durham, where vibrant culture and rugged landscapes fuse to create an unforgettable UK lodge break experience. Savour local cheeses and hearty stews after a day exploring the dramatic Durham Dales or the historic city with its UNESCO-listed cathedral. Get your adrenaline fix with mountain biking or unwind with tranquil riverside walks. Did you know Durham's Beamish Museum is a living testament to Northern life? Whether it's a cosy couple's retreat, a fun-packed family trip, or a chill weekend with friends, a cabin stay in County Durham is hard to top. Dive into this gem of the North East!

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in County Durham?

County Durham is a gem in the North East of England, with its rugged moorlands, historic towns, and vibrant cultural scene. In 2024, the area is buzzing more than ever, with events like the Durham Brass Festival and Bishop Auckland Food Festival drawing in crowds. Lodges offer a more intimate, flexible stay compared to hotels, often nestled in stunning natural surroundings unique to the region. This year, look out for new lodge developments offering eco-friendly stays and enhanced facilities. County Durham stands out with its UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral and Castle, and the dramatic landscapes of the Durham Dales – perfect for a distinctive getaway.

If you're visiting County Durham with kids

Absolutely, County Durham is a playground for children! From the interactive Beamish Museum to the thrill of Adventure Valley, there's no shortage of excitement. Lodges provide a homey base where kids can have their own space, often with outdoor areas to play. It's a chance for them to connect with nature and experience a different pace of life.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Rain gear – unpredictable weather!
  3. Swimwear for visits to the beach or pools
  4. Outdoor toys like frisbees or footballs
  5. Binoculars for wildlife spotting in the Dales
  6. Layered clothing for changing temperatures
  7. Any necessary medication or first aid
  8. Snacks for energy boosts during adventures
  9. Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  10. Sun protection – hats, sunscreen, sunglasses

Pet Friendly County Durham Adventures

County Durham is a haven for pet owners, with many lodges offering enclosed gardens for your furry friends to roam safely. The area boasts numerous pet-friendly pubs and eateries; The Dog and Gun in Potto and The Cellar Door in Durham welcome pets with open arms. When booking your lodge, check for nearby walking trails and pet amenities to make your stay hassle-free. Remember to keep your dog on a lead around livestock and wildlife to respect the local environment.

Dog walking ideas in County Durham

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
High Force Waterfall Walk 3 Waterfall & Woodland DL12 0XH
Castle Eden Dene Varies Ancient Forest SR8 1NJ
Seaham Beach 2 Coastline SR7 7AG
Derwent Reservoir 5 Lake & Countryside DH8 9TT
Teesdale Way Varies River & Fields DL12 8ET

Always check the specific route details before you set off, as distances and terrain can vary. Happy walking!

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to whisk your partner away for a romantic retreat, County Durham's lodges offer the perfect escape. Imagine unwinding in a secluded lodge, complete with a hot tub under the stars – it's the ideal setting for quality time together. For those who fancy a bit of pampering, some lodges provide pamper packs and have partnerships with local spas for a relaxing experience. Dining out is also a treat, with many lodges situated close to quaint country pubs and fine dining restaurants that set the scene for a romantic meal. Look out for places like South Causey Inn, which not only offers a cosy atmosphere but also has its own hot tubs and spa services.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

County Durham's local cuisine is hearty and satisfying, with dishes like panackelty, a traditional casserole, gracing many menus. For a taste of local ale and home-cooked meals, check out The Old Well Inn in Barnard Castle. Families will love The Court Inn, which is known for its friendly atmosphere and delicious, locally-sourced food. Couples looking for a more intimate dining experience might enjoy Finbarr's Restaurant, where the setting is as impressive as the menu.

For a good night out

For those after a lively evening, Durham City comes alive at night with a variety of pubs and bars. The Shakespeare Tavern is a hit for its traditional vibe and wide selection of beers. If you're into live music, The Fighting Cocks in Durham is a must-visit. For a more relaxed night, the riverside pub The Boat Club offers stunning views along with a great selection of drinks.


Anglers will find plenty of opportunities to cast their lines in County Durham. Here's a list of some prime fishing spots:

  • Witton Castle Lakes - DL14 0DE
  • Jubilee Lakes - DL2 2UH
  • Sharpley Springs - SR7 0NP
  • Aldin Grange Lakes - DH7 7AR
  • Stonebridge Fishing Lakes - DL10 7RF

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Weardale Adventure Centre in the heart of the Durham Dales offers a plethora of activities. From canoeing to rock climbing, there's something for everyone. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £50 for a half-day activity. They're open year-round, but it's best to book in advance, especially during peak summer months.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Centre Designer Outlets SR7 9HU
Prince Bishops Shopping Centre Shopping Centre High Street Brands DH1 3UJ
Durham Indoor Market Market Local Crafts & Food DH1 3NJ
Barnard Castle Antique Centre Antiques Vintage Finds DL12 8LY
Poplar Tree Garden Centre Garden & Gifts Plants & Homeware DH1 2NG

Whether you're after a romantic getaway or an outdoor adventure, lodges in County Durham provide a fantastic base to explore all that this vibrant county has to offer.

Top lodge breaks for 2024 in County Durham

Haystax Holiday Lodges, Northumberland

Driving Distance: About 22 minutes (11.59 miles) | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Haystax Holiday Lodges are a part of the exclusive Evermore collection, offering luxurious, accessible accommodation with features like wide doorways, level floors, and a hot tub, all set within the tranquil Durham countryside.

Who will love these lodges? These lodges are perfect for families, including those with diverse needs due to their thoughtful accessibility features. The serene environment and inclusive design make it an ideal retreat for couples looking for a peaceful getaway and families seeking a comfortable and accommodating space.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can unwind in the hot tub, enjoy the sensory experiences at the café, or explore the scenic woodland. Nearby, the towns of Consett and Hexham offer more to discover, and the unique Beamish Living Museum of the North is just a drive away.

What's nearby? Major attractions include Beamish Museum, approximately 20 minutes away, where ticket prices vary depending on age and family passes. Guests can also visit the historic towns of Consett and Hexham for shopping and dining.

Accommodation options: Haystax Holiday Lodges offer a range of accessible lodges, such as the Chestnut Lodge VIP and Cherry Lodge, both designed for disabled use but open to everyone. They also have the Stoneycroft Cottage for those preferring a traditional stone cottage. All accommodations are pet-friendly except Cherry Lodge and Stoneycroft Cottage.

Durham Coastal Lodges, County Durham

Driving Distance: About 27 minutes (12.32 miles) | Sleeps: Varies | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Durham Coastal Lodges form part of the Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, offering stylish luxury with mood lighting, wood burning stoves, and hot tubs, nestled in the beautiful County Durham countryside.

Who will love these lodges? Couples and families seeking a blend of luxury and countryside tranquility will adore these lodges. The attention to detail and special touches like welcome packs and superior linen make these lodges stand out.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Kids can enjoy the play area, while adults can relax in the hot tubs. Each lodge has a generous garden, perfect for unwinding and taking in the views.

What's nearby? Durham's World Heritage Cathedral and Castle are iconic attractions, roughly 30 minutes away. The Beamish Museum and Durham's Heritage Coast offer family-friendly activities, while Newcastle and Yorkshire are within reach for day trips.

Accommodation options: The lodge offers a range of deluxe lodges like the Willoughby Lodge and Little Owl Lodge, both featuring modern amenities and outdoor hot tubs. Penny Lodge offers additional space for families. Please note, pets are not allowed in these accommodations.

Sandy Park, County Durham

Driving Distance: About 32 minutes (17.37 miles) | Sleeps: Varies | Pet friendly? Varies

What to expect: Sandy Park offers a unique blend of luxury pods and cottages with outdoor hot tubs, boasting stunning views over Crimdon beach and adjacent to a beautiful nature reserve.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for couples looking for a romantic retreat or nature enthusiasts eager to explore the local walks, Sandy Park provides a picturesque setting for a memorable break.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park's main attraction is its proximity to Crimdon beach and the nature reserve, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy coastal walks and wildlife spotting right from their doorstep.

What's nearby? The nearby beach and nature reserve are the main attractions, providing a serene environment for relaxation and exploration.

Accommodation options: Accommodations include the Seagull and Beach Hut pods, both designed for couples, and the Boat House, which is pet-friendly. The Stable Cottage offers more space for families or groups, though it does not allow pets.

Crimdon Dene, County Durham

Driving Distance: About 33 minutes (17.42 miles) | Sleeps: Varies | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Crimdon Dene Holiday Park is located near Durham's Heritage Coastline, offering a range of facilities including indoor pools, an outdoor play park, and evening entertainment, perfect for family breaks.

Who will love these lodges? Families and couples will find Crimdon Dene ideal, with its variety of activities and facilities catering to all ages, and its proximity to sandy beaches and local seaside towns.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park features heated indoor pools, a sports court, outdoor play areas, and an entertainment centre, ensuring guests have plenty to do without leaving the site.

What's nearby? The Heritage Coastline and Hartlepool offer seaside fun, while the historic city of Durham, with its famous cathedral and castle, is a short drive away.

Accommodation options: Crimdon Dene offers a variety of lodges, including the new Featherstone Lodge and the refurbished Norham Lodge, both providing a luxurious stay. The Brancepeth Lodge can accommodate larger groups, and the Ford Lodge is perfect for families. Note that pets are not allowed in these accommodations.

Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In County Durham

County Durham is a treasure trove of attractions, from historic castles to scenic nature reserves. If you're planning a getaway, consider booking one of the many cosy lodges in County Durham as your base for exploring these top spots.

Durham Cathedral and Castle

  • Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 16:30, Sunday 12:30 - 16:30
  • Prices: Free entry, donations welcome
  • Postcode: DH1 3EH
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Prince Bishops Shopping Centre

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral and Castle are must-visits. The cathedral's stunning architecture and the castle's grandeur will impress anyone with a taste for culture and history. Don't miss the tower climb for breathtaking views of Durham.

Phone number: 0191 338 7178 | Web:

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £19.50, Children £11.50
  • Postcode: DH9 0RG
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: Onsite

Beamish is an open-air museum that brings history to life. It's perfect for families and anyone keen to experience the North East's past. Explore the town, pit village, and farm, and ride vintage trams and buses. There's always something new, with regular events and exhibits.

Phone number: 0191 370 4000 | Web:

High Force Waterfall

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 16:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £2.50, Children £1.50
  • Postcode: DL12 0XH
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite

High Force is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England. Nature lovers and photographers will be in their element here. The walk to the falls is refreshing, and the sight of the water cascading is unforgettable. Visit after heavy rain for the most dramatic views.

Phone number: 01833 622209 | Web:

Raby Castle

  • Opening Times: 11:00 - 16:30 (seasonal, check website)
  • Prices: Adults £12, Children £6
  • Postcode: DL2 3AH
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite

Raby Castle is a medieval gem with stunning interiors and beautiful gardens. It's ideal for history enthusiasts and families. The deer park is a highlight, and the castle often hosts events like classic car shows. Spring and summer are the best times to see the gardens in bloom.

Phone number: 01833 660202 | Web:

The Bowes Museum

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £14, Children Free
  • Postcode: DL12 8NP
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite

The Bowes Museum is a French chateau in the heart of County Durham. Art lovers and families will enjoy the diverse collection of European fine art. The Silver Swan automaton is a crowd-pleaser – catch the daily performance. Check their calendar for temporary exhibitions and craft workshops.

Phone number: 01833 690606 | Web:

Adventure Valley

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £12.95, Children £13.95
  • Postcode: DH1 5SG
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: Onsite

Adventure Valley is bursting with fun for kids and the young at heart. It's an action-packed day out with indoor play areas, animal encounters, and outdoor activities. The Runaway Ranch roller coaster and the Water Wars are favourites. Visit during school holidays for extra special events.

Phone number: 0191 386 8291 | Web:

When you're planning your trip to County Durham, remember that staying in a lodge can enhance your experience. Lodges in County Durham offer a comfortable retreat after a day of exploring, and many are situated close to these attractions, making it easy to travel between them. Whether you're into history, nature, art, or adventure, County Durham has something special for you.


This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with the comforts of home, often surrounded by nature. Many lodges in County Durham offer modern amenities like fully-equipped kitchens, en-suite bathrooms, and living areas with TVs and fireplaces. Some even boast hot tubs and panoramic views of the countryside. It's a chance to unwind and enjoy the tranquillity.

What should I pack when visiting County Durham?

Pack for the outdoors – walking boots and waterproofs are a must for exploring the dales and moors. Don't forget a camera for the stunning scenery! For your lodge, bring essentials like toiletries and maybe some favourite DVDs or board games for cosy nights in. Most lodges come with bed linen and towels.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in County Durham have adjacent parking, making it easy to unload your gear. Some might have a central parking area, a short walk from your lodge. It's always best to check with your specific lodge provider beforehand, but generally, parking is convenient and close by.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain can't spoil the fun! Lodges are equipped for a comfy stay, rain or shine. Grab a book, enjoy the indoor entertainment, or relax in the hot tub – many are covered. Plus, County Durham has plenty of indoor attractions like Beamish Museum or Durham Cathedral for a day out.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, many local restaurants and takeaways in County Durham offer delivery services to lodges. Additionally, services like Just Eat or Deliveroo might operate in the area. Some lodges even have their own on-site restaurants or partnerships with local eateries for delivery options.

Is County Durham a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! County Durham is charming year-round, with each season offering a unique experience. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds at attractions like High Force Waterfall and cosy evenings by the fire. Plus, you might snag a deal on your lodge stay outside peak times.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Hot tub hygiene is a top priority for lodge providers. Expect your hot tub to be thoroughly cleaned and water quality checked before you check in. Some lodges even offer daily maintenance checks to ensure the hot tub is perfect for your entire stay.

Are there any pet-friendly lodges in County Durham?

Yes, there are plenty of pet-friendly options for those who can't imagine a break without their furry friend. Places like Kiplin Eco Lodge Park welcome pets, so your dog can enjoy the countryside with you. Always check the pet policy and whether additional charges apply.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges cater to guests with mobility issues, offering features like ramp access, ground-floor bedrooms, and walk-in showers. Establishments like Witton Hall are known for their accessibility. It's important to discuss your needs when booking to ensure the right accommodations.

What local attractions should we not miss?

Don't miss out on Durham Castle and the historic city centre. For nature lovers, the Durham Dales are a must-visit. If you're into steam trains, the Weardale Railway offers a nostalgic ride through scenic landscapes. And for a unique experience, check out the underground adventures at Killhope Lead Mining Museum.

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