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As chef Bill Oldfield once commented, it’s difficult to believe that there wasn’t a traditional farmer’s market anywhere in the north east of England until a few years into the noughties. Now, County Durham is well and truly enjoying its own local foodie revolution, as demonstrated by quality establishments like Bill’s own Oldfields Noted Eating House and the classic-but-trendy Restaurant DH1.

Any visit to County Durham wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Durham Castle and Cathedral. Both have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites owing to their historical significance and being, as UNESCO say, ‘the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England’. Access to the Castle is usually only available through guided tours, as it’s the site of Durham University’s University College and would be unusual for tourists to wander in on students watching Come Dine With Me. The Cathedral, on the other hand, is accessible at most times, with services held at multiple points throughout the day all week. Also, a visit up the Cathedral’s tower on a clear weather day will afford incredible views all over the county.

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