A historic County Durham attraction that has been open to the public for just over one year has so far welcomed more than 11,000 visitors.

Durham Town Hall – in Durham City – is full of tales and treasures connected with the county as well as being an impressive building in its own right.

The Town Hall contains exhibitions about local characters, such as the ‘Little Count’ – a 3-foot-tall Polish-born musician who retired to Durham in 1790 after proving a hit at several European courts and even surviving an assassination attempt.

The Count lived till the age of 97 and the Town Hall contains a statue of him along with artefacts such as his violin, cane, chair and hat.

Other displays tell the fascinating stories of the Prince Bishops – the powerful churchmen who once held sway over County Durham – and the Mayor’s Bodyguard. The hall also contains important information about the more day-to-day affairs of local government.

In addition, the venue offers audio guides for those who would like to learn more about County Durham and its history.

The Town Hall is gearing up for even more visitors early in the New Year as a historical tour is planned for Saturday 4th January.

Durham Town Hall is normally open to the public every Saturday between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm and admission is free of charge. The hall will, however, be closed on Saturday 11th and Saturday 18th January.

Durham County Council’s cultural operations officer, Robert King, said, “People have taken a real interest and pride in the Town Hall and we are so pleased that so many visitors have come to enjoy our history.”

“If you have friends or family visiting Durham and want to share our city’s history, or you’re looking for a family activity over the holidays, our historical tours offer a free, fascinating trip out.”

(This article’s featured image shows a visitor in Durham Town Hall.)


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