Attractions in the Durham Dales are varied from Killhope Museum a Victorian Lead Mining Museum, The Weardale Railway, a heritage route between Stanhope and Wolsingham, The Weardale Museum a volunteer run folk museum, and the Dales Centre - to the sights and scenery of the North Pennines an area of outstanding natural beauty and designated Great Britain’s first European Geopark, an accolade given to an area with internationally important geology, flora and fauna. Explore Hamsterley Forest on foot, horse or bike or try out the Farm Trail at Bradley Burn.Monthly concerts in Howden-le-Wear by the North East Theatre Organ Association on their 'Mighty Wurlitzer' are not to be missed.

In the wider area are High Force, Low Force and Cauldron Snout waterfalls, Raby Castle, Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum, Hall Hill Farm, Blanchland, Derwent Reservoir, Durham Wildlife Trust's Visitor Centres at Low Barns and Hannah's Meadow, Newbiggin Chapel,  The Bishop's Palace and Auckland Castle, Escomb Saxon Church, Binchester Roman Fort, Locomotion-National Railway Museum at Shildon, Nenthead Mines, Allenhead Heritage Centre, South Tynedale Railway.

Banner Image : Killhope Award Winning Lead-mining Museum

Killhope, North of England Lead-mining Museum

Children being helped to find their own minerals at Killhope

Killhope is a multi award winning Victorian Mining Museum, and offers a grand day out for all. Accompany one of our guides on an unforgettable mine tour. Our enthusiastic team will ensure you have a day to

remember. Find your own minerals as you work as a washer boy. Marvel at the working water wheels. Exhibitions include the National Spar Boxes Collection and magnificent Minerals from the North Pennines.

Walk the woodland trails to see our red squirrels. Visit Killhope shop and cafe to complete a great day out.

Admission fee applies
Location - A689 1.5 miles to the west of Cowshill
Coach access and parking - designated coach and car parking on site
Allow - recommend an all day visit
Contact tel +44 (0)1388 537505
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Going Underground at Killhope   

Weardale Museum and High House Chapel

Group enjoy handling artefacts

This small but fascinating award winning volunteer run folk museum is packed with fascinating stories from the past including 'The Weardale Tapestry', (Exhibited at the national Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate 2011) a 16 foot free-style embroidery depicting Weardale’s history.

Entry also includes a visit to the historic and beautiful High House Chapel, the oldest Methodist Chapel with continuous weekly services since it was built in 1760. Services are conducted at 10.45 each Sunday. Check out this short film made for BBC North East.

For those researching their Weardale ancestors a peep at the museum's vast genealogy resource could save months of research elsewhere.

This small venue packs a big punch and is really worth a visit. In 2011 it was awarded "Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer Run Museum" :    by MLA Renaissance North East

Small admission fee
Location - Ireshopeburn on A689
Coach access and parking -  Coach and Car parking courtesy of Weardale Inn 50 yards.
Refreshments are available at the Weardale Inn during their opening hours.
Allow - 1.5 hours
Contact tel +44 (0) 1388 517433
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John Wesley Room - image by Peter Atkinson High House Chapel - image by Peter Atkinson Weardale Tapestry - image by Peter Atkinson Tapestry detail - image by Peter Atkinson


The Dales Centre, Stanhope

Durham Dales Centre, StanhopeVisitor Centre at the heart of the Durham Dales offering you the unique experience of peaceful, easy, rural shopping open 7 days a week. Relax over morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea, homemade and baked on the premises. Visit the award winning TIC, a wealth of information and discover their well stocked gift shop. Browse the crafts within the shopping courtyard. Fully licensed catered function room for hire.

Location - Stanhope on A689, 8 miles from A68 within easy reach of Durham and Newcastle by main road or scenic route over the moors.

Coach access and parking provided for visitor centre customers.

Contact tel +44 (0) 1388 527650
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The Weardale Railway

War on the Line        c.The Weardale Railway

Look out for ticket information about this year's Polar Express.

"The Weardale Trust is running a regular Heritage Service in the Summer of 2014.  Contact the Weardale Railway Trust for their latest timetaible ".


Contact the Weardale Railway website for more details

Bradley Burn Farm Trail

We warmly welcome you to explore the farm on our Farm Trail.

This is a circular walk that lasts about 20 minutes and takes in both modern farming and features like native trees and hedges, and archaeological and architectural points of interest.

You can meet some of our sheep and cattle.

Through information boards, it shows how we farm and what we do to preserve the landscape.
We have lots of positive feedback about the Trail. The kids can pick up a Trail Quiz - answers all to be found on the trail !

If you want to go on the farm trail, quiz sheets and leaflets, which include a map, are available from the Farm

Shop. Bring your wellies !

Admission Free
Coach parties and large groups welcome by arrangement
Location : A689 -   1.5 miles to the east of Wolsingham
Allow 1 hour ; 20 minutes for the walk and 40 minutes for the shop and cafe.
Contact tel  +44 (0)  1388 529488
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