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Durham Dales

The Durham Dales

The Durham Dales, incorporating Teesdale and Weardale is a peaceful and tranquil landscape of moors and hills, valleys and meandering rivers, dotted with picturesque villages and market towns. Part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this special place is the perfect choice for your next holiday of exploration.

Durham DalesTake the pleasant woodland walk to spectacular High Force, one of England's most dramatic waterfalls -  a must-see sight and perfect photo opportunity. Head for the historic market town of Barnard Castle in Teesdale and seek out The Bowes Museum a magnificent French-style château which houses a superb collection of fine and decorative arts in an array of stunning galleries, and a year-round calendar of events and exhibitions. The town itself is home to many antique shops, and of course the castle itself.

Spot the deer at nearby Raby Castle, built in the 14th Century and sits in 250 acre deer park with beautiful walled gardens. The green and tranquil town of Stanhope in Weardale is home to the Durham Dales Centre where you will find craft shops a plenty and an award-winning tea room.

Visit High House Chapel, the world’s oldest Methodist Chapel still in continuous weekly use, and the Weardale Museum – a small independent folk museum where visitors can discover what life was like in Weardale in the 19th Century.High Force

Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum, is a multi-award-winning Victorian Museum and the most complete lead mining site in Great Britain. It features a huge working water wheel and visitors can experience the life and work of lead mining families, put on hard hats and descend into the mine to take a tour underground - an unforgettable experience.

And don’t miss Hamsterley Forest - a fantastic adventure playground of woodland with walks, cycle routes and horse riding trails open to all. A mountain-bikers dream, visitors can hire bikes in the forest and tackle a range of rides to suit all abilities.

When it’s time to refuel, you’ll find great places to eat along the way, from tempting treats in market town tearooms, to hearty countryside meals in traditional country pubs, it’s all on the menu in the Durham Dales. Plus, our two food trails will take your taste buds around the dales and North Pennines.

For more local visitor information on Weardale and Teesdale, take a look at  www.discoverweardale.com, www.exploreteesdale.com or www.visitgainford.com. Please note that not all accommodation on these sites are inspected or accredited.

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  • Key attractions, places of interest and information points in the Durham Dales.

Durham Dales highlights...

Raby Castle

Raby Castle

The dramatic 14thC castle built by the mighty Nevilles has been home to Lord Barnard's family since 1626. In the well-preserved halls and chambers history comes vibrantly to life. Throughout the castle the rooms display fine furniture, impressive artwork and elaborate architecture...

Raby Castle

Raby Castle

The dramatic 14thC castle built by the mighty...

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural...

High Force Waterfall

High Force Waterfall

High Force suddenly and spectacularly drops 70...

Hamsterley Forest

Hamsterley Forest

2000 hectares of mixed woodland lying between the...

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is the jewel in the heart of the...

Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum

Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum

Killhope is a multi award winning Victorian...