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St Andrew

Open April to September.

Aycliffe, County Durham | DL5 6NA

An ancient ecclesiastical centre, collection of two Saxon crosses dating from the 9th century Saxon interior, jacobean pulpit, organ screen and pews.

Egglestone Abbey

Egglestone Abbey

Open daily 10am to 6pm.

Barnard Castle, County Durham | DL12 9TN

The charming ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white canons', picturesquely set above a bend in the River Tees near Barnard Castle.

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St Mary

Open all year round, 8am to dusk.

Barnard Castle, County Durham | DL12 8NQ

A church with links to Richard III, a rare indoor labyrinth and one of the largest fonts in the country.

St Michael

Open by appointment.

Bishop Middleham, County Durham | DL17 9AF

A beautiful and historic village church.

St Giles

Open Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am to 5pm.

Bowes, County Durham | DL12 9LG

Set close to Bowes Castle and surrounded by trees the small, low church, dating from the 12th century is easy to miss, but is well worth a visit.

St Brandon

St Brandon

Open from 9am until sunset, every day.

Brancepeth, County Durham | DH7 8DF

St Brandon's is stunning: it's over 900 years old but recently and beautifully restored after a fire in 1998.

St Mary & St Cuthbert

Open all year for services on Thursday and Sunday mornings. Easter Monday to September open for prayer and visitors 10am to 12.30pm.

Chester le Street, County Durham | DH3 3QB

A beautiful 13th century church with a well preserved Ankers House Museum, it houses a copy of the Lindesfarne Gospels.

St Mary the Virgin

Open by appointment.

Cockfield, County Durham | DL13 5AE

Built c1188; original south wall and chancel arch, priest's door and leper window.

Inspiration, for when you're planning your adventures

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The fun stuff

After months of school work on your kitchen table, you deserve a break.
Each week of the summer holidays we will create a new page of fun things to do in a church or churchyard, or from home.

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Childrens trails

We are working with The Arts Society to add their wonderful children's to our church pages. The number will grow over coming months, but here is a page with all the trails online so far.

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