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A workers co-operative offering environmental education, field studies, rural skills training, community development, and community arts. Based in a former limestone quarry in the North Pennines near Frosterley.


 Based in "The Weardale Hub", Front St, Stanhope to form a first contact point for local residents and businesses within the area of Weardale, It directs enquirers to key resources and provides assistance in accessing them.


Recommended attractions in Weardale

Frosterley Village Hall

Saturday coffee mornings and a full programme of entertainments throughout the week.

(01388) 530150

Church of St Michael and All the Angels, Frosterley

Now closed

The Church of St Michael and All the Angels is one of the long ribbon of Anglican Churches which stretch along the length of Weardale. The Church with its golden weather vane, stands on a natural rise over the River Wear. Surrounded by some interesing grave stones, inside the Church is a beautiful stone font made of the famous Frosterley Marble.

Weardale Railway Heritage railway, steam and diesel services, stations at Stanhope, Frosterley, Wolsingham and Bishop Auckland. 
(Café and shop open at Stanhope when trains are running).

(01388) 526203


Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope

Visitor centre with exhibitions, craft shops, garden, café and Tourist Information Centre.

(01388) 527650 

Weardale Museum, Ireshopeburn

Local folk museum situated in High House Chapel, built in 1760. It is now the oldest purpose built Methodist Chapel in the world to have held continuous weekly services since its foundation. Wesley himself preached here on many occasions. 

(01388) 517433

Killhope Lead Mining Museum high in Upper Weardale. A desolate but magical place. Killhope North of England Lead Mining Museum, Cowshill

Killhope is a fully restored nineteenth century lead mine, where you experience for yourself the life and work of the lead mining families of the Pennine dales.

(01388) 537505 

Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool

Currently closed

Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool is the only heated open air swimming pool in County Durham. The water is heated to a tropical 80 degrees Fahrenheit, making it an enjoyable experience, come rain or shine!

(01388) 528466 

Hamsterley Forest

2000 hectares of mixed woodland lying between the Wear and Tees valleys on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hamsterley is a delightful oasis of broadleaved and coniferous woodland, sprawling along the sides of a sheltered valley.

(01388) 488312

This area is still under construction - please come back soon!

Other recommended attractions in north-east England

Raby Castle, Staindrop

One of the largest and most impressive of English medieval castles, Raby Castle, provides a wonderful day out for all the family.
Built in the mid 14th century by the powerful Nevill family who owned it until the Rising of the North in 1569, Raby Castle has been the home of Lord Barnard's family since 1626.

(01833) 660202

High Force Waterfall in flood High Force,

High Force, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England, where the River Tees suddenly plunges 21 metres over the Whin Sill outcrop into the gorge it has created over the millenia.

(01833) 6622209

grounds Eggleston Hall Gardens,

The four and a half acres of gardens are a Pandora's box of surprises, winding paths, borders, a stream, organic vegetables, walls, fell views. It is without doubt a magical place, dearly loved by custodians and customers alike. Perhaps the Jewel in the crown of this secret garden is the tranquillity and serenity of the 16th century churchyard, an incredible place of peace and quiet where one can sit and simply be with ones thoughts.

(01833) 650115

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

The magnificent French style chateau took 13 years to complete. It is French both in architectural design and inspiration in contrast with contemporary English museums which followed classical designs. The Bowes Museum was the first building in the country to be designed in metric rather than imperial.

(01833) 690606

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is the greatest Norman building in England, perhaps even in Europe. It is cherished not only for its architecture but also for its incomparable setting. For this reason it was inscribed together with the Castle as one of Britain's first World Heritage Sites.

(0191) 3864266

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Durham Castle is open to the general public to visit, but only through guided tours, since it is a working castle and the home to over 100 students. The Castle is only open some afternoons in term time, and is closed occasionally for private events in the vacations.

(0191) 3343800

Darlington Railway Museum

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum is a symbol of Darlington’s history as the ‘birthplace of the railways’. 
The museum itself is on the original route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the world’s first steam worked railway.

(01325) 460532

Locomotion National Railway Museum, Shildon

Locomotion is an £11 million project,  a joint venture between Sedgefield Borough Council and the National Railway Museum at York.  The development combines the refurbished buildings of the former Timothy Hackworth Museum and also bring back into use two further buildings of historical importance in Shildon's railway heritage.

(01388) 777999

North of England Open Air Museum

Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of the people of North East England at two important points of their history - 1825 and 1913.
Historic buses and trams provide transport round the 300 acre site.

0191 3704000

Cragside House,

The revolutionary home of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape genius, was a wonder of its age. Built on a rocky crag high above the Debdon Burn, Cragside is crammed with ingenious gadgets and was the first house in the world lit by hydroelectricity.  Surrounding the house on all sides is one of the largest 'hand-made' rock gardens in Europe. 

01669 620333

This area is still under construction - please come back soon!

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