Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

The Durham Heritage Coast


VISIT ONE OF THE FINEST COASTLINES IN ENGLAND

Explore the Durham Heritage Coast running from Sunderland to Hartlepool, the beautiful North Sea shoreline is a 30-minute drive from Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham. Stroll through the National Trust park with the family and enjoy a coastal walk on sandy beaches with beautiful clifftop views. Other activities can include rock pooling, kite flying, cycling and fell running.
 
What to see at Durham Heritage Coast
Bring comfortable walking shoes so you can make the most of the great hiking. Enjoy paths through wild flowers, rare plants and wildlife, as well as access points to the beaches along the way.
 

  • Seaham and its beach
This lovely Victorian port offers tourist shops, cafes, ice cream parlours and more.
  • Search the shore for sea glass, smoothed into pebbles by the waves and washed up on local beaches, which this area is known for.
  • Visit one of the oldest churches in England from the 7th century, St. Mary’s Church and the statue of a WWI soldier, known to locals as “Tommy”.
  • Enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the town in which Lord Byron was married in 1815 to his beloved, Annabella Milbanke.
 
  • Castle Eden Dene National Reserve
Enjoy this wonderful wooded area of 5.6 kilometres following the longest river gorge on the Durham coast. Hike the 3.5-kilometre Yew Tree trail and take in the stunning landscape.
 
  • Hamsterly Forest
Explore this family friendly forest criss-crossed with walking and biking routes.
  • Stroll the 2.4-kilometre-long Gruffalo Spotters trail and download the Gruffalo Spotters app for entertainment along the way.
  • Run wild at the new Viking Wildplay Trail with 800 metres of play structures for young explores.
  • Additionally, Hamsterly is a top destination for mountain biking in Northern England with 50 kilometres of marked trails. Bikes can be rented at Hamsterly Forest Centre.     
 
Plan your visit from Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham
  • Durham Coast National Trust is open from dawn to dusk and is free for all
  • Seaham Town and Beach is open year-round and free to explore
  • Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve is open from dawn to dusk and the car park is free. We suggest you bring your own refreshments as there are no cafes on this site
  • Hamsterly Forest
  • Opening hours:
    • Forest Drive & Car Park:
      • 08:00 – 20:00 (April – September)
      • 08:00 – 17:00 (October – March)
    • The Information Point
      • 09:00 – 17:00 (March – October)
      • 09:00 – 16:00 (November – February)
    • The Café daily opening hours:
      • 10:00 – 17:00 (March – November)
      • 10:00 – 16:00 (December)
  • Fees
  • The forest is free to visit, but the parking charges are as follows:
    • £6 car/day weekdays
    • £10 on Bank holidays and weekends in Easter, May and August