County Durham is an historic county in the north-east of England. Featuring plenty of beautiful scenery, Durham boats the fantastic walking routes in the hills of the North Pennines, in addition to many pretty coastal villages. The city of Durham itself is home to an impressive Norman cathedral and castle, which is a designated UNESCO world heritage site. The counties museums include the Bowes Museum, home to an impressive collection of art, also Beamish, a popular attraction with families. In terms of shopping Darlington and Durham both contain a mixture of high-street stores and independent boutiques. The county also has a host of independent restaurants providing produce from the local areas and food markets in towns such as Chester-Le-Street. Popular with commuters to Newcastle, properties for sale in County Durham range from large family homes with expansive gardens to more affordable terraces.