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Owl Cottage guidebook

Claire

Owl Cottage guidebook

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Uncover history at Raby Castle. Built by the mighty Nevills in the 14th Century, and home to Lord Barnard’s family since 1626, you’ll be fascinated as knowledgeable and friendly Guides help bring history to life with guided tours of the halls and chambers which house fabulous interiors, art collections and dramatic architecture. Outdoors, enjoy a stroll and spot wildlife in the 200 acre Deer Park, relax in the 18th century Walled Gardens, discover the Carriage Collection or explore the Woodland Play Area. A visit to the Stables Cafe and a browse around the Shop all combine for a memorable day out. Tickets can now be purchased near the entrance to the Walled Gardens. This means you can access the Stables Cafe, Shop and Woodland Play Area completely free of charge, so if you want to come for lunch or a slice of cake with some friends, you can do so without paying admission. The ticket office is located in a horse box-style trailer, and a similar trailer also houses a new take-away stand offering drinks and snacks. You can enjoy these in the new outdoor covered seating area in front of the stable block. The perfect place for a glass of wine in the sun or coffee and cake before a walk with the dog. As well as the new trailer, our Stables Cafe menu has been offers a delicious selection of lunches, cakes, snacks and afternoon tea. A fantastic range of coffees, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are also available; adding a glass of prosecco to your afternoon tea will make the perfect treat or gift. The Stables Cafe is open seven days a week from 10am. The Shop offers a new garden section this year with beautiful Spring plants to brighten your home. The Park and Woodland Play Area are open all year until 24 December. The Walled Gardens are open until 24 December.
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Raby Castle
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Uncover history at Raby Castle. Built by the mighty Nevills in the 14th Century, and home to Lord Barnard’s family since 1626, you’ll be fascinated as knowledgeable and friendly Guides help bring history to life with guided tours of the halls and chambers which house fabulous interiors, art collections and dramatic architecture. Outdoors, enjoy a stroll and spot wildlife in the 200 acre Deer Park, relax in the 18th century Walled Gardens, discover the Carriage Collection or explore the Woodland Play Area. A visit to the Stables Cafe and a browse around the Shop all combine for a memorable day out. Tickets can now be purchased near the entrance to the Walled Gardens. This means you can access the Stables Cafe, Shop and Woodland Play Area completely free of charge, so if you want to come for lunch or a slice of cake with some friends, you can do so without paying admission. The ticket office is located in a horse box-style trailer, and a similar trailer also houses a new take-away stand offering drinks and snacks. You can enjoy these in the new outdoor covered seating area in front of the stable block. The perfect place for a glass of wine in the sun or coffee and cake before a walk with the dog. As well as the new trailer, our Stables Cafe menu has been offers a delicious selection of lunches, cakes, snacks and afternoon tea. A fantastic range of coffees, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are also available; adding a glass of prosecco to your afternoon tea will make the perfect treat or gift. The Stables Cafe is open seven days a week from 10am. The Shop offers a new garden section this year with beautiful Spring plants to brighten your home. The Park and Woodland Play Area are open all year until 24 December. The Walled Gardens are open until 24 December.
From its rise as a trickle, high on the heather covered fells at the top of the North Pennines, to the top of the whin sill rock at Forest-in-Teesdale, the River Tees steadily grows and gathers pace, then it suddenly and spectacularly drops 21 metres into the plunge pool below. A gentle and pretty woodland walk leads you to view this spectacular sight at the base of the falls.
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High Force Waterfalls
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From its rise as a trickle, high on the heather covered fells at the top of the North Pennines, to the top of the whin sill rock at Forest-in-Teesdale, the River Tees steadily grows and gathers pace, then it suddenly and spectacularly drops 21 metres into the plunge pool below. A gentle and pretty woodland walk leads you to view this spectacular sight at the base of the falls.
Spend a full day experiencing everyday life from Victorian and Edwardian times which is brought to life in this world-famous open-air museum.
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Beamish, the Living Museum of the North
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Spend a full day experiencing everyday life from Victorian and Edwardian times which is brought to life in this world-famous open-air museum.
Built in the 1720s, Derwentcote is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. It produced high grade steel for springs and cutting tools.
Derwentcote Steel Furnace
Built in the 1720s, Derwentcote is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. It produced high grade steel for springs and cutting tools.
Medieval monastic communities probably did not have much free time to enjoy picnics but the legacy they left behind in terms of beautiful abbeys and churches beckon the modern visitor. In the 13th century the Premonstratensian Canons, or “white Canons”, gave Teesdale one of its enduring images when they built their precious Eggleston Abbey. Today’s peaceful ruins provide the perfect backdrop for a bring-your-own tasty picnic of local produce.
Egglestone Abbey
Medieval monastic communities probably did not have much free time to enjoy picnics but the legacy they left behind in terms of beautiful abbeys and churches beckon the modern visitor. In the 13th century the Premonstratensian Canons, or “white Canons”, gave Teesdale one of its enduring images when they built their precious Eggleston Abbey. Today’s peaceful ruins provide the perfect backdrop for a bring-your-own tasty picnic of local produce.
Durham Castle, together with the Cathedral, was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site in 1986 providing international recognition for this unique, historic and scenic site. Standing side by side on a prominent hill top site and encircled by the wooded slopes of the meandering River Wear, the Castle overlooks the medieval City of Durham with its fascinating narrow streets. Opening can vary - All enquiries re guided tours should be directed to Palace Green Library. Telephone 0191 334 2932 or email castle.tours@durham.ac.uk Durham Castle is part of Durham University
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Durham Castle
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Durham Castle, together with the Cathedral, was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site in 1986 providing international recognition for this unique, historic and scenic site. Standing side by side on a prominent hill top site and encircled by the wooded slopes of the meandering River Wear, the Castle overlooks the medieval City of Durham with its fascinating narrow streets. Opening can vary - All enquiries re guided tours should be directed to Palace Green Library. Telephone 0191 334 2932 or email castle.tours@durham.ac.uk Durham Castle is part of Durham University
Rokeby Park
Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost a millennium, inspiring all who come. Built in 1093 to house the Shrine of St Cuthbert, Durham Cathedral is renowned for its magnificent Romanesque architecture and spectacular location at the heart of the Durham World Heritage Site. It is also the resting place of the Venerable Bede. Highlights include the twelfth-century Galilee Chapel with its original medieval wall paintings, the towering sandstone pillars in the Nave, and the stunning Rose Window in the Chapel of the Nine Altars. Don’t miss the medieval Cloister, which featured in the first two Harry Potter films, or the Undercroft, now home to the award-winning Cathedral Shop, Undercroft Restaurant and Durham Cathedral in LEGO.
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Durham Cathedral
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Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost a millennium, inspiring all who come. Built in 1093 to house the Shrine of St Cuthbert, Durham Cathedral is renowned for its magnificent Romanesque architecture and spectacular location at the heart of the Durham World Heritage Site. It is also the resting place of the Venerable Bede. Highlights include the twelfth-century Galilee Chapel with its original medieval wall paintings, the towering sandstone pillars in the Nave, and the stunning Rose Window in the Chapel of the Nine Altars. Don’t miss the medieval Cloister, which featured in the first two Harry Potter films, or the Undercroft, now home to the award-winning Cathedral Shop, Undercroft Restaurant and Durham Cathedral in LEGO.
Bishop Auckland Town Hall with its theatre, gallery, library and café has undergone a major refurbishment programme and was due to fully reopen to the public earlier in 2020. this year. Unfortunately, this has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, however since the easing of lockdown and the introduction of several safety measures, the new look café has been able to re-open and give you a chance to see part of the newly refurbished historic building. The fabulous new café has been relocated to the ground floor in order to provide a much larger, brighter and more welcoming space. The new menu features locally sourced produce including an exclusive ‘Bishop Auckland Town Hall’ blend coffee. In order to reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus, extra space has been created between tables in the café, while additional signage has been introduced to support social distancing. There is also a new outdoor seating area. The café also provides the new home to Norman Cornish’s Miners’ Gala mural, which has been relocated from County Hall, in Durham. The piece is on display alongside a stunning stained-glass feature by fellow local artist Tom McGuinness.
Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Bishop Auckland Town Hall with its theatre, gallery, library and café has undergone a major refurbishment programme and was due to fully reopen to the public earlier in 2020. this year. Unfortunately, this has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, however since the easing of lockdown and the introduction of several safety measures, the new look café has been able to re-open and give you a chance to see part of the newly refurbished historic building. The fabulous new café has been relocated to the ground floor in order to provide a much larger, brighter and more welcoming space. The new menu features locally sourced produce including an exclusive ‘Bishop Auckland Town Hall’ blend coffee. In order to reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus, extra space has been created between tables in the café, while additional signage has been introduced to support social distancing. There is also a new outdoor seating area. The café also provides the new home to Norman Cornish’s Miners’ Gala mural, which has been relocated from County Hall, in Durham. The piece is on display alongside a stunning stained-glass feature by fellow local artist Tom McGuinness.
Situated amidst stunning woodland, near to Low and High Force waterfalls and surrounded by rolling fields that boast some of the best hay meadows in England, Bowlees Visitor Centre has all you need to make your visit to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty a memorable one. The information centre, café, gift shop and picnic area are ideal for walkers and cyclists, and the centre is dog friendly. There’s also plenty to do for families with nature trails, wildlife spotting and a mud kitchen. Sit a while and discover nature from our birdwatching spots and wildlife areas, or walk to Low Force and High Force. After dark, experience the stars at our officially-designated Dark Sky Discovery Site. The art gallery displays works by local artists, with exhibitions changing throughout the year. There is free wifi and ample parking. We run all kinds of events throughout the year and full details can be found on our website www.visitbowlees.org.uk.
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Bowlees Visitor Centre
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Situated amidst stunning woodland, near to Low and High Force waterfalls and surrounded by rolling fields that boast some of the best hay meadows in England, Bowlees Visitor Centre has all you need to make your visit to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty a memorable one. The information centre, café, gift shop and picnic area are ideal for walkers and cyclists, and the centre is dog friendly. There’s also plenty to do for families with nature trails, wildlife spotting and a mud kitchen. Sit a while and discover nature from our birdwatching spots and wildlife areas, or walk to Low Force and High Force. After dark, experience the stars at our officially-designated Dark Sky Discovery Site. The art gallery displays works by local artists, with exhibitions changing throughout the year. There is free wifi and ample parking. We run all kinds of events throughout the year and full details can be found on our website www.visitbowlees.org.uk.
At Locomotion you can see highlights of the national collection of railway vehicles in the world’s first railway town. The town of Shildon has had an exciting story to tell since the earliest days of the rail industry, making it the perfect place to explore the rich seam of local railway history and discover how the railways have changed all our lives.
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Locomotion
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At Locomotion you can see highlights of the national collection of railway vehicles in the world’s first railway town. The town of Shildon has had an exciting story to tell since the earliest days of the rail industry, making it the perfect place to explore the rich seam of local railway history and discover how the railways have changed all our lives.
All aboard the World's Oldest Railway! Take a steam train ride back in time at the Tanfield Railway for a 3 mile journey through the beautiful Causey valley. Hauled by a lovingly restored industrial steam engine, you'll take a seat on a recreated colliery carriage. Make sure to break your journey at Causey station and walk across Causey Arch, the world's oldest railway bridge, dating back to 1725! If you're interested in engineering, Marley Hill engine shed is the place to be, the world's oldest still in operation! Enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of a working locomotive shed. The railway is operated and maintained by amazing volunteers. Steam trains are in service every Sunday and Bank Holiday throughout the year, plus Thursdays and Saturdays during the school summer holidays. Tickets allow unlimited travel on the day of your visit.
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Tanfield Railway
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All aboard the World's Oldest Railway! Take a steam train ride back in time at the Tanfield Railway for a 3 mile journey through the beautiful Causey valley. Hauled by a lovingly restored industrial steam engine, you'll take a seat on a recreated colliery carriage. Make sure to break your journey at Causey station and walk across Causey Arch, the world's oldest railway bridge, dating back to 1725! If you're interested in engineering, Marley Hill engine shed is the place to be, the world's oldest still in operation! Enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of a working locomotive shed. The railway is operated and maintained by amazing volunteers. Steam trains are in service every Sunday and Bank Holiday throughout the year, plus Thursdays and Saturdays during the school summer holidays. Tickets allow unlimited travel on the day of your visit.
Explore 10,000 years of Durham in the permanent displays of the Museum of Archaeology at Palace Green Library. Living on the Hills: 10,000 years of Durham includes some of the most important and historically significant objects from the Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore what happened to Durham and the local area over the last 10,000 years. Living on the Hills explores the lives of people who have lived and visited Durham through the tools and everyday objects they used, and the art and architecture they left behind. Discover objects found by chance and those uncovered by careful archaeological excavation, and enjoy children’s activities around the gallery to bring the past to life - touch, dress up and even smell Durham as it once was. For more information on What's On at the Museum of Archaeology see: https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology.museum/whatson/?id=34821
Museum of Archaeology • Durham University
Explore 10,000 years of Durham in the permanent displays of the Museum of Archaeology at Palace Green Library. Living on the Hills: 10,000 years of Durham includes some of the most important and historically significant objects from the Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore what happened to Durham and the local area over the last 10,000 years. Living on the Hills explores the lives of people who have lived and visited Durham through the tools and everyday objects they used, and the art and architecture they left behind. Discover objects found by chance and those uncovered by careful archaeological excavation, and enjoy children’s activities around the gallery to bring the past to life - touch, dress up and even smell Durham as it once was. For more information on What's On at the Museum of Archaeology see: https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology.museum/whatson/?id=34821
Your visit to The Auckland Project begins at Auckland Tower, where you can find all the information you need to explore the castle, grounds and local area. Here you will buy entry tickets, collect guidebooks and maps, get directions, and learn about special seasonal events and activities. Find all the information you need to explore the Mining Art Gallery, No.42, the Deer Park and our new venues as they open over the next two years. If you would like to travel further afield Auckland Tower will provide information on other local tourist attractions, accommodation providers, and places to explore around Bishop Auckland.
The Auckland Project
Your visit to The Auckland Project begins at Auckland Tower, where you can find all the information you need to explore the castle, grounds and local area. Here you will buy entry tickets, collect guidebooks and maps, get directions, and learn about special seasonal events and activities. Find all the information you need to explore the Mining Art Gallery, No.42, the Deer Park and our new venues as they open over the next two years. If you would like to travel further afield Auckland Tower will provide information on other local tourist attractions, accommodation providers, and places to explore around Bishop Auckland.
The Weardale Railway follows the path of the River Wear and passes through the spectacular scenery of Weardale. With historic connections to the Stockton & Darlington Railway, it was once a vital link to the industrial heart of Teesside. Steeped in a rich industrial heritage, the area is also renowned for magnificent and unspoilt views of the countryside. The railway is a partnership between the majority stakeholder British American Railway Services, Durham County Council and the Weardale Railway Trust, with a united goal of delivering a reliable service and an enjoyable experience. A fun day out for all, young or old, our uniformed staff wait to welcome you aboard authentic carriages hauled by our heritage locomotives. Relax in the cafe with home made traditional food baked on the premises. The heritage service offers departures from Stanhope to Bishop Auckland via stations at Frosterley, Wolsingham and Witton-le-Wear. The railway is available for hire, details on application. Special events catered for. Timetable enquiries - 01388 526203, www.weardale-railway.org.uk
The Weardale Railway Trust
The Weardale Railway follows the path of the River Wear and passes through the spectacular scenery of Weardale. With historic connections to the Stockton & Darlington Railway, it was once a vital link to the industrial heart of Teesside. Steeped in a rich industrial heritage, the area is also renowned for magnificent and unspoilt views of the countryside. The railway is a partnership between the majority stakeholder British American Railway Services, Durham County Council and the Weardale Railway Trust, with a united goal of delivering a reliable service and an enjoyable experience. A fun day out for all, young or old, our uniformed staff wait to welcome you aboard authentic carriages hauled by our heritage locomotives. Relax in the cafe with home made traditional food baked on the premises. The heritage service offers departures from Stanhope to Bishop Auckland via stations at Frosterley, Wolsingham and Witton-le-Wear. The railway is available for hire, details on application. Special events catered for. Timetable enquiries - 01388 526203, www.weardale-railway.org.uk
elive the story of Durham from medieval times to the 20th century in this excellent local history museum. Enjoy models of the medieval city and the 19th century Market Place and explore the reconstruction of a Victorian prison cell. Displays describe the origins and development of the city and there are many fascinating objects that illustrate everyday life, social life and the lost trades and industries. A recent addition to the collections is a pair of stained glass panels depicting Cecily de Neville and the Richard Duke of York the parents of Richard III, originally at Brancepeth Castle. The museum is situated in an historic Grade I Listed building, close to the World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle, once the parish church of the North Bailey It was rebuilt in the 17th century and retains impressive woodwork from that period. The churchyard is now the museum garden and contains two important sculptures, St Cuthbert and Gaia by the renowned artist Fenwick Lawson. A visit to the Museum with its stimulating exhibitions, models, hands-on activities and videos is the perfect introduction to Durham. The museum has a selection of replica brasses from English churches to allow you to make a unique rubbing.
Durham Museum and Heritage Centre
elive the story of Durham from medieval times to the 20th century in this excellent local history museum. Enjoy models of the medieval city and the 19th century Market Place and explore the reconstruction of a Victorian prison cell. Displays describe the origins and development of the city and there are many fascinating objects that illustrate everyday life, social life and the lost trades and industries. A recent addition to the collections is a pair of stained glass panels depicting Cecily de Neville and the Richard Duke of York the parents of Richard III, originally at Brancepeth Castle. The museum is situated in an historic Grade I Listed building, close to the World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle, once the parish church of the North Bailey It was rebuilt in the 17th century and retains impressive woodwork from that period. The churchyard is now the museum garden and contains two important sculptures, St Cuthbert and Gaia by the renowned artist Fenwick Lawson. A visit to the Museum with its stimulating exhibitions, models, hands-on activities and videos is the perfect introduction to Durham. The museum has a selection of replica brasses from English churches to allow you to make a unique rubbing.
The Bowes Museum is the jewel in the heart of the historic market town of Barnard Castle in the beautiful Durham countryside. Housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts, the Museum was purpose built in the 19thC by wealthy businessman John Bowes and his French actress wife Josephine. Their romantic story is revealed as you wander around this graceful and elegant Grade I Listed building. The diverse collections begun by this amazing couple are constantly being added to and currently span three floors of this magnificent French-style chateau. Whether its paintings by Van Dyck, Canaletto or Goya, delicate porcelain produced at Sevres, or fashion from the 16-20th centuries, it can all be found at The Bowes Museum, which has received Designated status from the Government in recognition of the quality of its outstanding collections. Visitors to the museum can not only learn of John and Josephine’s wonderful story and marvel at the fascinating objects on show but can also enjoy an exciting programme of exhibitions – including fashion, photography and fine art – plus events, with guided tours and gallery talks by specialist’s curators enhancing the experience. A recent £12m makeover which has spawned the opening of new galleries and the delivery of enhanced visitor facilities has pivoted the museum into the 21st Century. The magnificent legacy that John and Josephine Bowes left to the people of Barnard Castle and beyond has been transformed in a sympathetic way to retain its charm and intrigue while protecting the collections for future generations. And if that isn’t enough, don’t miss the museum’s unique and popular exhibit, the Silver Swan musical automaton, built in 1773, which performs daily to delight audiences. No visit is complete without sampling a delicious lunch, sumptuous afternoon tea or tempting snack in Café Bowes, or a browse in the shop, which offer s a wide range of gifts, books, confectionery and original art and jewellery. Surrounded by 22 acres of parkland including formal gardens, a woodland walk, picnic area and children’s play facilities, The Bowes Museum, surrounded by rolling countryside, is the perfect destination for a family day out.
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The Bowes Museum
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The Bowes Museum is the jewel in the heart of the historic market town of Barnard Castle in the beautiful Durham countryside. Housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts, the Museum was purpose built in the 19thC by wealthy businessman John Bowes and his French actress wife Josephine. Their romantic story is revealed as you wander around this graceful and elegant Grade I Listed building. The diverse collections begun by this amazing couple are constantly being added to and currently span three floors of this magnificent French-style chateau. Whether its paintings by Van Dyck, Canaletto or Goya, delicate porcelain produced at Sevres, or fashion from the 16-20th centuries, it can all be found at The Bowes Museum, which has received Designated status from the Government in recognition of the quality of its outstanding collections. Visitors to the museum can not only learn of John and Josephine’s wonderful story and marvel at the fascinating objects on show but can also enjoy an exciting programme of exhibitions – including fashion, photography and fine art – plus events, with guided tours and gallery talks by specialist’s curators enhancing the experience. A recent £12m makeover which has spawned the opening of new galleries and the delivery of enhanced visitor facilities has pivoted the museum into the 21st Century. The magnificent legacy that John and Josephine Bowes left to the people of Barnard Castle and beyond has been transformed in a sympathetic way to retain its charm and intrigue while protecting the collections for future generations. And if that isn’t enough, don’t miss the museum’s unique and popular exhibit, the Silver Swan musical automaton, built in 1773, which performs daily to delight audiences. No visit is complete without sampling a delicious lunch, sumptuous afternoon tea or tempting snack in Café Bowes, or a browse in the shop, which offer s a wide range of gifts, books, confectionery and original art and jewellery. Surrounded by 22 acres of parkland including formal gardens, a woodland walk, picnic area and children’s play facilities, The Bowes Museum, surrounded by rolling countryside, is the perfect destination for a family day out.
A registered charity and company limited by guarantee, The Witham is a community venue for theatre, music, art and social events, reliant on your support. Governed by a board of trustees, our facilities range from the architecturally award-winning café bar to a fully-renovated Victorian music hall. There’s also a gallery and a box office. Our gift shop doubles as a Visitor Information Point for the area. Free wifi is available throughout. Parking is plentiful.
The Witham
A registered charity and company limited by guarantee, The Witham is a community venue for theatre, music, art and social events, reliant on your support. Governed by a board of trustees, our facilities range from the architecturally award-winning café bar to a fully-renovated Victorian music hall. There’s also a gallery and a box office. Our gift shop doubles as a Visitor Information Point for the area. Free wifi is available throughout. Parking is plentiful.
The massive ruins of Henry II's 12thC tower keep, set within the earthworks of a Roman fort guarding the strategic Stainmore Pass over the Pennines.
Bowes Castle
The massive ruins of Henry II's 12thC tower keep, set within the earthworks of a Roman fort guarding the strategic Stainmore Pass over the Pennines.
Refurbished in 2016, Killhope is a multi award winning Victorian lead mining museum offering a great day out for the family. Guided mine tours, working water wheel, original machinery, exhibitions, workshops, family events, performances, stunning scenery, Yurt hires, shop and cafe. Special events take place throughout the year with normal admission prices applying. Check the website for details.
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Killhope Lead Mining Museum
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Refurbished in 2016, Killhope is a multi award winning Victorian lead mining museum offering a great day out for the family. Guided mine tours, working water wheel, original machinery, exhibitions, workshops, family events, performances, stunning scenery, Yurt hires, shop and cafe. Special events take place throughout the year with normal admission prices applying. Check the website for details.
“Outstanding Volunteer Run Museum” – but don’t take our word for it, this is the verdict of Renaissance North East and the Arts Council for England who have also awarded the museum full accreditation. This small folk museum is packed with fascinating stories from the past including a hands on lead-miner’s kitchen and The Weardale Tapestry, a beautiful 16 foot free-style embroidery depicting Weardale’s history. To commemorate those who served in World War 1 the Museum has assembled a special display to remember ever soldier from Weardale who died with stories, images and artefacts illustrating the lives of many individuals. Visit also the historic and beautiful High House Chapel, the oldest Methodist Chapel to have held continuous weekly services since it was built in 1760, and one of John Wesley’s favourite chapels.
Weardale Museum and High House Chapel
“Outstanding Volunteer Run Museum” – but don’t take our word for it, this is the verdict of Renaissance North East and the Arts Council for England who have also awarded the museum full accreditation. This small folk museum is packed with fascinating stories from the past including a hands on lead-miner’s kitchen and The Weardale Tapestry, a beautiful 16 foot free-style embroidery depicting Weardale’s history. To commemorate those who served in World War 1 the Museum has assembled a special display to remember ever soldier from Weardale who died with stories, images and artefacts illustrating the lives of many individuals. Visit also the historic and beautiful High House Chapel, the oldest Methodist Chapel to have held continuous weekly services since it was built in 1760, and one of John Wesley’s favourite chapels.
City/town information
Potter the antique shops, cafes and quirky independents that dot this ancient market town, then head to the castle ramparts to watch the canoes and anglers battle with the tumbling Tees.
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Barnard Castle
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Potter the antique shops, cafes and quirky independents that dot this ancient market town, then head to the castle ramparts to watch the canoes and anglers battle with the tumbling Tees.
A captivating city with winding cobbled streets and a prominent peninsula crowned with the dramatic Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site – one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe and now home to Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s world-class exhibition experience. Explore the timeless quality of this quintessential old English University City, take some time out with a relaxing riverside walk or river cruise, or soak up the atmosphere with superb cafés, artisan workshops, boutiques, galleries and museums. Watch the world go by in one of the city centre cafés, shop for gourmet treats, locally produced food or original crafts in an array of shops and markets, or find city-centre calm at one of the city's many green spaces. Days in Durham City are a hard act to follow, but we like to think our evenings are also up to the mark. From spellbinding theatre to side-splitting comedy, intimate restaurants to chic café-bars, and action films to art house cinema, Durham City has entertainment galore - don't miss the city's prime entertainment venue, the Gala Theatre.
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Durham
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A captivating city with winding cobbled streets and a prominent peninsula crowned with the dramatic Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site – one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe and now home to Open Treasure, the Cathedral’s world-class exhibition experience. Explore the timeless quality of this quintessential old English University City, take some time out with a relaxing riverside walk or river cruise, or soak up the atmosphere with superb cafés, artisan workshops, boutiques, galleries and museums. Watch the world go by in one of the city centre cafés, shop for gourmet treats, locally produced food or original crafts in an array of shops and markets, or find city-centre calm at one of the city's many green spaces. Days in Durham City are a hard act to follow, but we like to think our evenings are also up to the mark. From spellbinding theatre to side-splitting comedy, intimate restaurants to chic café-bars, and action films to art house cinema, Durham City has entertainment galore - don't miss the city's prime entertainment venue, the Gala Theatre.
Middleton-in-Teesdale
Bishop Auckland
Walking
An easy walk from the cottage. Kirkcarrion is an iconic landmark in Teesdale. There's reputedly a Bronze-age Chieftan burried up among the pines, but we suspect you'll just want to soak up the views of Lunedale and Teesdale.
Kirkcarrion
An easy walk from the cottage. Kirkcarrion is an iconic landmark in Teesdale. There's reputedly a Bronze-age Chieftan burried up among the pines, but we suspect you'll just want to soak up the views of Lunedale and Teesdale.
Part of the River Tees in beautiful Upper Teesdale. Low Force tumbles over the Whin Sill, a layer of hard dolerite rock (known locally as whinstone). The Whin Sill formed 295 million years ago from molten rock, which cooled and solidified underground. Today, after millions of years of erosion it is exposed as rocky landscape features at Low Force, High Force and other places in Upper Teesdale. The Pennine Way footpath route runs alongside the River at Low Force. Low Force is also easily accessible from Bowlees Visitor Centre.
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Low Force Waterfall
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Part of the River Tees in beautiful Upper Teesdale. Low Force tumbles over the Whin Sill, a layer of hard dolerite rock (known locally as whinstone). The Whin Sill formed 295 million years ago from molten rock, which cooled and solidified underground. Today, after millions of years of erosion it is exposed as rocky landscape features at Low Force, High Force and other places in Upper Teesdale. The Pennine Way footpath route runs alongside the River at Low Force. Low Force is also easily accessible from Bowlees Visitor Centre.
Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of Teesdale's countryside on your own wild adventure through a nature lover's paradise. Ripe with wildflowers, wild animals and stunning scenery, Grassholme Reservoir is a day out you will not forget. Bird spotting and Osprey sightings will bring you closer to nature in their natural habitat. Try a spot of fishing while taking in the rolling pastures, or enjoy an adventurous walk among miles of uninterrupted countryside. You can restock your kit at our tackle shop, or grab a light refreshment to boost your energy levels for a fantastic day by the waterside.
Grassholme Reservoir
Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of Teesdale's countryside on your own wild adventure through a nature lover's paradise. Ripe with wildflowers, wild animals and stunning scenery, Grassholme Reservoir is a day out you will not forget. Bird spotting and Osprey sightings will bring you closer to nature in their natural habitat. Try a spot of fishing while taking in the rolling pastures, or enjoy an adventurous walk among miles of uninterrupted countryside. You can restock your kit at our tackle shop, or grab a light refreshment to boost your energy levels for a fantastic day by the waterside.
2000 hectares of mixed scenic 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. Visitors to Hamsterley have no shortage of options when it comes to activities. With waymarked walks*, cycle routes* and horse riding trails*, all levels of fitness and ability are catered for. **free maps of all our trails are available from either the cafe or information point. You can also find free downloadable maps from our website www.forestry.gov.uk/hamsterleyforest There is also a forest play park which is open all year round with a new area of Viking Themed play equipment aimed at the kids, as well as a Gruffalo Spotters trail . A Discovery Pass is available to buy which gives free parking all year round plus other benefits for only £49.00 per annum. Horse Riding is welcomed in the forest and some quieter routes away from the main recreational hub can be found. Hamsterley Forest is a big magnet for mountain bikers with a number of fantastic sections of exhilarating single track. Families are also well catered for with a multi-user trail along the tranquil Bedburn Beck with exciting play areas to keep the children active and occupied for hours! Relax at the end of your visit with some homemade cake at the Hamsterley Cafe and Ice Cream Kiosk. For the extreme end of mountain biking Danny Harts Descend Hamsterley has a number of orange graded downhill trails. Go to the latest info on the only North of England Downhil Centre at https://www.descendbikepark.com/ Please note, we have no (or very limited) phone coverage anywhere in the forest
Hamsterley Forest
2000 hectares of mixed scenic 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. Visitors to Hamsterley have no shortage of options when it comes to activities. With waymarked walks*, cycle routes* and horse riding trails*, all levels of fitness and ability are catered for. **free maps of all our trails are available from either the cafe or information point. You can also find free downloadable maps from our website www.forestry.gov.uk/hamsterleyforest There is also a forest play park which is open all year round with a new area of Viking Themed play equipment aimed at the kids, as well as a Gruffalo Spotters trail . A Discovery Pass is available to buy which gives free parking all year round plus other benefits for only £49.00 per annum. Horse Riding is welcomed in the forest and some quieter routes away from the main recreational hub can be found. Hamsterley Forest is a big magnet for mountain bikers with a number of fantastic sections of exhilarating single track. Families are also well catered for with a multi-user trail along the tranquil Bedburn Beck with exciting play areas to keep the children active and occupied for hours! Relax at the end of your visit with some homemade cake at the Hamsterley Cafe and Ice Cream Kiosk. For the extreme end of mountain biking Danny Harts Descend Hamsterley has a number of orange graded downhill trails. Go to the latest info on the only North of England Downhil Centre at https://www.descendbikepark.com/ Please note, we have no (or very limited) phone coverage anywhere in the forest
repare to be blown away by the empowering views of the Pennine Way on a day trip to Cow Green Reservoir. Cow Green gives you a truly peaceful moorland walk and a simply spectacular waterfall at Cauldron Snout – an unforgettable trip for individual, groups and families. Offering top wild brown trout fishing, exhilarating walking, bird watching and wondrous views, you will want to visit this place time and time again. Part of the reservoir is a protected nature reserve so please make sure you stay on the footpath. Dedicated a dark sky site, you can marvel at the out of this world night skies and epic stargazing opportunities.
Cow Green Reservoir
repare to be blown away by the empowering views of the Pennine Way on a day trip to Cow Green Reservoir. Cow Green gives you a truly peaceful moorland walk and a simply spectacular waterfall at Cauldron Snout – an unforgettable trip for individual, groups and families. Offering top wild brown trout fishing, exhilarating walking, bird watching and wondrous views, you will want to visit this place time and time again. Part of the reservoir is a protected nature reserve so please make sure you stay on the footpath. Dedicated a dark sky site, you can marvel at the out of this world night skies and epic stargazing opportunities.
At Balderhead you can experience spectacular views while exploring the unpaved banks and open moorland around the reservoir. There is access onto the circular walks around neighbouring Hury and Blackton Reservoirs as well as being able to link in the Pennine Way walk. Parking at Balderhead gives you great access to Blackton Reservoirs bird hide where you can enjoy the day observing the many different species. The dam wall is fully accessible for all and is a great length for those who do not wish to wander too far. From here you can also watch the dramatic water intake from the overflow funnel.
Balderhead Reservoir
At Balderhead you can experience spectacular views while exploring the unpaved banks and open moorland around the reservoir. There is access onto the circular walks around neighbouring Hury and Blackton Reservoirs as well as being able to link in the Pennine Way walk. Parking at Balderhead gives you great access to Blackton Reservoirs bird hide where you can enjoy the day observing the many different species. The dam wall is fully accessible for all and is a great length for those who do not wish to wander too far. From here you can also watch the dramatic water intake from the overflow funnel.
Walk along the dam wall and experience the full view of the breathtaking water. Like many other of our Teesdale reservoirs, Selset offers amazing views, tranquil space and active time. The dam wall is 1km, perfect for a light stroll or for a gentle jog, as no matter how many times you run it, you will not get sick of the scenery. Perfect for bird watchers, Selset is visited by many different species and you can also link up to Grassholme Reservoirs bird hide. Some of the best views you can get without leaving your car, just bring along a flask full of hot delights and watch.
Selset Reservoir
Walk along the dam wall and experience the full view of the breathtaking water. Like many other of our Teesdale reservoirs, Selset offers amazing views, tranquil space and active time. The dam wall is 1km, perfect for a light stroll or for a gentle jog, as no matter how many times you run it, you will not get sick of the scenery. Perfect for bird watchers, Selset is visited by many different species and you can also link up to Grassholme Reservoirs bird hide. Some of the best views you can get without leaving your car, just bring along a flask full of hot delights and watch.
A tranquil spot perfect for reflecting At Hury you can wander the circular walk, breathing in the fresh air and taking in the awe-inspiring view. There is access onto Balderhead Reservoir for a further wander and you can also get access to Blackton and access the bird hide where you can enjoy observing many different species. Bring along your lunch and a book and take some me-time at the picnic area.
Hury Reservoir
A tranquil spot perfect for reflecting At Hury you can wander the circular walk, breathing in the fresh air and taking in the awe-inspiring view. There is access onto Balderhead Reservoir for a further wander and you can also get access to Blackton and access the bird hide where you can enjoy observing many different species. Bring along your lunch and a book and take some me-time at the picnic area.
At Derwent Waterside Park Let your Derwent based adventure begin! With activities for groups, families, couples and individuals to enjoy, this is the perfect day out destination. Walk, cycle, slide and swing your way around our beautiful park, complete with convenient amenities to enhance your visit and watch out for our ever-extending events list throughout the year to keep you and your family entertained.
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Derwent Reservoir
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At Derwent Waterside Park Let your Derwent based adventure begin! With activities for groups, families, couples and individuals to enjoy, this is the perfect day out destination. Walk, cycle, slide and swing your way around our beautiful park, complete with convenient amenities to enhance your visit and watch out for our ever-extending events list throughout the year to keep you and your family entertained.
Once owned and farmed by Hannah Hauxwell, who lived alone at Low Birk Hat Farm without the luxury of electricity and running water, the land was managed for hay and pasture and maintains the rich variety of wildlife that has been lost from many other Teesdale meadows. Now a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the meadows are considered to be some of the least improved and most species-rich in upland Durham.
Hannah's Meadows
Once owned and farmed by Hannah Hauxwell, who lived alone at Low Birk Hat Farm without the luxury of electricity and running water, the land was managed for hay and pasture and maintains the rich variety of wildlife that has been lost from many other Teesdale meadows. Now a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the meadows are considered to be some of the least improved and most species-rich in upland Durham.
Food scene
The Crown at Mickleton offers something for everyone from couples, families and groups of friends alike and provides a perfect venue to gather in the comfortable, unfussy surroundings or to huddle on a pew together and enjoy a banquet of your choice. Whatever the occasion, a coffee with friends, home-cooked lunch or a comfortable evening with your family, The Crown offers the ideal venue.
The Crown at Mickleton
The Crown at Mickleton offers something for everyone from couples, families and groups of friends alike and provides a perfect venue to gather in the comfortable, unfussy surroundings or to huddle on a pew together and enjoy a banquet of your choice. Whatever the occasion, a coffee with friends, home-cooked lunch or a comfortable evening with your family, The Crown offers the ideal venue.
Run by Monsieur Franck Marie, The Forresters Hotel & French Restaurant in Middleton in Teesdale offers French Cuisine “The Northern Portion” in a restaurant which has the authentic look and ambience of its French counter parts. Enjoy classic French dishes sush as Beef Bourguignon, Magret de Canard, Cheese Soufflé, King Scallops as well as delectable pastries, homemade Ice Cream and homemade chocolates. Along with plenty of choices for vegetarians. The Forresters also offer a Bar with Pool Table and large Selection of drinks, Lagers, Ciders including some French Cidre, large selection of Spirits and local Real Ales.
Forresters Hotel and Restaurant
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Run by Monsieur Franck Marie, The Forresters Hotel & French Restaurant in Middleton in Teesdale offers French Cuisine “The Northern Portion” in a restaurant which has the authentic look and ambience of its French counter parts. Enjoy classic French dishes sush as Beef Bourguignon, Magret de Canard, Cheese Soufflé, King Scallops as well as delectable pastries, homemade Ice Cream and homemade chocolates. Along with plenty of choices for vegetarians. The Forresters also offer a Bar with Pool Table and large Selection of drinks, Lagers, Ciders including some French Cidre, large selection of Spirits and local Real Ales.
Teesdale Hotel, a purpose built coaching inn which has been providing accommodation and refreshment to travellers for many years. Our characteristic stone archway, built for horse-drawn carriages, led to the stables and grazing for the horses. Nowadays, you'll drive through the arch to our large private car parking facilities and our secluded garden patio area (we have been awarded Middleton's Gold award for our summer blooms).
The Teesdale Hotel
Teesdale Hotel, a purpose built coaching inn which has been providing accommodation and refreshment to travellers for many years. Our characteristic stone archway, built for horse-drawn carriages, led to the stables and grazing for the horses. Nowadays, you'll drive through the arch to our large private car parking facilities and our secluded garden patio area (we have been awarded Middleton's Gold award for our summer blooms).
great tasting food that utilises the best of local produce and ingredients with excellent provenance and from sources with high standards of animal welfare. It's about dishes that reflect our stunning rural location using both classical and contemporary cooking techniques with an eye for detail.
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The Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk
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great tasting food that utilises the best of local produce and ingredients with excellent provenance and from sources with high standards of animal welfare. It's about dishes that reflect our stunning rural location using both classical and contemporary cooking techniques with an eye for detail.