The city of Durham itself is known for its Norman cathedral, its 11th-century castle and its university, while the wider county has a rich heritage and much to see and do. From the North Pennines AONB to sightseeing tours that give you the inside track on the region's history, and of course beautiful places to stay, it's a treasure trove for holidaymakers. For many visitors, it's the great outdoors that's the major draw card to this corner of the North East. Golf, cycling, walking and fishing are all readily available. For history lovers, the area's award-winning museums and medieval castles are a treat. The Binchester Roman Fort, Bowes Museum and Beamish Living Museum of the North are all recommended. Accommodation in County Durham ranges from cosy pubs with rooms to luxury spa hotels and country house retreats. From Lanchester to Westgate, Darlington to Seaham, whether you're travelling with friends, family or heading for a romantic retreat, here's a selection of our favourite hotels in County Durham, providing more reasons to visit than we can count!