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From hotel a pedestrian bridge over the river Wear connects with the historic city centre. World Heritage site excellent. Wide range of good restaurants. This hotel is an excellent place to visit central Durham.
We had a very relaxing stay at Ramside hall after a full on 60th birthday. We had spa treatments and took full advantage of the first class spa facilities. We dined in the Asian fusion restaurant and had a delicious breakfast one morning. All the staff were helpful and friendly but still professional. ...
My wife was born here when it was a maternity hospital ( 1940's ) so it was great to stay here - a very good hotel in a beautiful setting.
Whether you are visiting County Durham for business or leisure, you can find dozens of superb four-star hotels to choose from. All offer impeccable hospitality and are ideal for corporate functions or romantic breaks.
The two main focal points of this photogenic riverside city are its magnificent Norman cathedral and castle, both of which have earned Durham a place on the exclusive UNESCO World Heritage Site list. See the castle's beautifully preserved interior and Great Hall where students of Durham's University College reside, then visit the enormous cathedral and admire its intricate ceiling and medieval artwork.
Durham is also home to an elegant botanical garden, and an impressive collection of Asian-themed historic artefacts at the Oriental Museum. For more family fun, head to Diggerland UK, a superb construction-themed park where you can drive diggers and safely operated earth-moving vehicles.
This fine historic landmark is one of the finest medieval houses in Britain, dating back to the era of William the Conqueror. See its enchanting Throne Room and Dining Room, admire its beautiful painting collections, then explore the scenic parkland and spot the deer. The castle also has a charming tea room where you can treat yourself to a delicious lunch, home-made desserts, or some fresh cakes or scones with afternoon tea.
You can expect WiFi access in your room so you can always stay in contact with friends, relatives or work colleagues online while you are away. Many business-oriented hotels in Durham also have well-equipped business centres with printing and faxing facilities, and some feature conference centres with high-speed internet connections and state-of-the-art audio technology.
Another imposing medieval landmark, Barnard Castle, despite its ruined status, is a striking focal point of the River Tees valley. Founded in the 12th Century, it was the home of the rich Beauchamp family before it was acquired by the Royal Family, and is adjacent to an attractive sensory garden.
Barnard Castle is also acclaimed for its Bowes Museum, which has a vast collection of European artworks from prominent painters. Housed in a majestic Neo-Classical building emulating a French castle, it has numerous themed galleries, beautiful parkland, a fantastic café, and a shop with plenty of quality souvenir items.
Another advantage of choosing four-star accommodation in Durham is that you will have access to a fully equipped gym. Many four-star hotels also have full-service spas, and some even have indoor swimming pools and other luxury leisure facilities that guests can normally enjoy free of charge or for a supplement.
The County Durham coastline, renowned for its unusual plant life and rich wildlife, and includes many striking cliffs and dramatic sandy bays. Visit the charming harbour town of Seaham, which is home to one of the last-surviving churches pre-dating the Viking era and has a picturesque marina and many pleasant cafés, historic inns.