Local Attractions

C2C (Coast 2 Coast)

This long distance trail combines a gentle passage through the Lake District, a demanding crossing of the Pennines, and ends with a downhill decents to the east cost of northern England.

136 Mile Cycle / 5 Stages / West to east / Off-Road Routes
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Weardale Railway

The Weardale Railway, has now been connected to the national rail network via Bishop Auckland - it has never been easier to arrange day drips to London or Edinburgh.

Single Track / 25 Mile Track / Bishop Auckland - Stanhope
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Metro Centre

In 1980 few people realised that, when a power statio's waterlogged ash dump on the outskirts of Gateshead was chosen for development, the North East of England would be pioneering a retail revolution.

35 Minute Drive / Cinema / Largest Shopping Centre in Europe
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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.

35 Minute Drive / Built 1093 / Shrine of St Cuthbert / 40 Years to Build
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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.

15 Minute Drive / AONB / Tea Room / Waymarked Walks
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Killhope Wheel

Killhope - set in the centre of the North Pennines in the Durham Dales - is a real adventure.

40 Minute Drive / ANOB / Lead Mining / Industrial Museum
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Beamish Museum

Beamish stands in 300 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside. Most of the house, shops and other buildings you see here have been brought to Beamish, rebuilt and furnished as they once were.

35 Minute Drive / Open-Air Museum / Livestock / Costumed Interpreters
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High Force

High Force sudddenly and spectaculary drops 70 feet into a plunge pool below, making its England's highest uninterrupted drop of water.

55 Minute Drive / Gift Shop / Highest Uninterrupted Waterfall in England
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Hall Hill Farm

Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of County Durham, Hall Hill Farm is a mixed farm of 290 hectares. There are lots of friendly animals waiting to meet you. Bottle feed the lambs, fluffy chicks, inquisitive goats, the magnificent Highland Cattle and the children's favourite, rabbits and guinea pigs to 

Friendly animals / Set in County Durham / Holiday Cottages / Adopt an animal
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Durham Gala

The talented stars of our Gala Theatre Stage School are staging the legendary Broadway musical Les Miserables. This epic story will be one of their most memorable productions to date, and tickets are selling well.

Theatre / Conference / Cafe / Cinema
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Lanchester Garden Centre

Nestled in Bargate Bank, about a mile outside of Lanchester, in the heart of the stunning County Durham Countryside, Lanchester Garden Centre is a great destination for a family day out. Within easy reach of Deneside it’s the perfect place to while away a few hours in picturesque surroundings.

Greenhouse Restaurant | Garden | Potter's World | Aquarium
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Kynren

The UK's 'must see' spectacular live action outdoor theatre show

Prepare to be spellbound by Kynren

Proudly presented by Eleven Arches on a seven-and-a-half acre stage, 1,000 cast and crew immerse you in the telling of a 2,000-year tale; the history of England. Kynren brings to ground-shaking life the story of invasions, royal splendour, wars, heroic sacrifice, daily life and seismic change.

Live Action Show | 1,000 cast and crew | 8,000 spectators
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North Pennines - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark is a distinctive landscape of high moorland and broad upland dales in the North of England.

The North Pennines is one of the most remote and unspoilt places in England. It lies between the National Parks of the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland, with the former West Durham Coalfield to the east and the Eden Valley to the west.

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