Tourist Attractions

Weardale and the surrounding area is home to a plethora of tourist spots for you to visit while on your stay here. From the architectural wonder of Durham Cathedral to the stunning beauty of High Force waterfall, there's plenty to see even if you want to stay close by. Take a look at the small selection below for an idea of what awaits over the hills.

stanhope
A stone built town standing on the northern bank of the River Wear. The parish church of St. Thomas is well worthy of a visit especially to see the 250 million year old fossilised tree which you can find in the church grounds. The Durham Dales Centre is based here with it's Information Centre, Craft Shops and Tea Rooms.
> DURHAM DALES CENTRE WEBSITE

wolsingham
A small town in Lower Weardale where the river leaves the hills of West Durham. Here you can find a range of small shops, pubs and recreational facilities including an indoor swimming pool. Wolsingham Show, reputed to be the oldest agricultural show in England, is held the first weekend in September.

killhope wheel
This is run by Durham County Council and is a national lead mining museum. Children are very welcome, its hands on. You can go underground and there is also a outdoor working museum. It is open from Easter through to November.
> KILLHOPE LEAD MINING MUSEUM WEBSITE

weardale museum
High House Chapel, Irishopeburn, St Johns Chapel

Recently celebrated its 250 years. This is where John Wesley preached. This is also where they carry the census' for 1901.
> WEARDALE MUSEUM WEBSITE

weardale steam railway
Open this year between Stanhope and Bishop Auckland with connections to the East Coast mainline. The views along the track which runs by the side of the River Wear are spectacular. Lots of birds and wild life to see.
> WEARDALE RAILWAY WEBSITE

locomotion
The new national railway museum at Shildon. Free Entry. The Flying Scotsman comes from York at regular visits. 60 trains and wagons on site, a repair yard, café, shop... home of Timothy Hackworth.
> LOCOMOTION WEBSITE

beamish museum
Britain's favourite open air museum is set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside and vividly recreates life in the North of England in the early 1800s and 1900s. Winner of both the British Museum of the Year and European Museum of the Year Awards, it demonstrates the recent history of the region in a 'living' way and provides entertainment and education for visitors of all ages and interests.
> BEAMISH OPEN AIR MUSEUM WEBSITE

durham cathedral
The present Cathedral has stood on this spot as a place of prayer and pilgrimage for over 900 years. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in England, and part of a World Heritage Site.
> DURHAM CATHEDRAL WEBSITE

high force waterfall
Forest-in-Teesdale/Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham, DL12 0QG

The River Tees trickles from the upper fells of the North Pennines, gathering force until it erupts over the falls at High Force and plummits spectacularly to the pool 21 metres below. The fall is surrounded by a twisting woodland walk dotted with plenty of rest points that allow you to catch your breath and take in the views.
> RABY CASTLE (HIGH FORCE INFORMATION) WEBSITE

Lanchester Roman Fort
Longovicium, the Roman fort located just outside of Lanchester on the County Durham stretch of Dere Street (which runs from York to Hadrians Wall) is surrounded by a superb walk that takes in a number of sites and offers great views of the fort itself.
> RABY CASTLE (HIGH FORCE INFORMATION) WEBSITE