Terminus of the Weardale Railway, home to an open-air heated swimming pool and an array of traditional pubs and characterful shops, Stanhope is a fascinating town surrounded by dramatic scenery.
Stanhope is a quaint village situated in County Durham. Surrounded by rugged uplands and dramatic moorland, Stanhope abuts the North Pennines and this large expanse of heather and peatland makes it the second largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England and Wales.
A quaint market town nestled along the banks of the River Wear, Stanhope is a picturesque base for walkers and nature lovers young and old.
Featuring the famous fossil tree which is approximately 320 million years old and the giant stepping-stones across the ford, Stanhope is brimming with unusual history that dates back to the Bronze age.
Home to Durham's only open-air heated swimming pool and chockful of seasonal events such as the Stanhope Agricultural Show, there is something for everyone in the Durham Dales.
Durham Dales Centre
With a 75 seat tearoom with outdoor seating and WiFi as well as a gift shop, Durham Dales Centre is the perfect starting point to a fun-filled weekend in the North Pennines.
Held on the second weekend of September every year, Stanhope Agricultural Show is a traditional event that was founded in 1834. Displaying livestock and produce from a variety of Northern suppliers, the event takes place in Unthank Park and attracts hundreds of visitors.
Originally running from Bishop Auckland, the Weardale Railway follows the River Wear for 25 miles and terminates in the town of Stanhope. As a heritage line that runs on weekends, Stanhope Station has been features in the local drama series, Vera.
A former limestone quarry, Harehope is now a local wildlife site, proving that nature can be restored and thrive in an area with a strong mining and industrial past. Hosting a range of educational events for all ages, Harehope is ideal for birdwatchers and naturalists alike.
From donkey rides, birds of prey centres and alpacas to vintage cars, artisan food and local crafts, there is something for everyone at Wolsingham. Hosted in Bishop Auckland, the show is the oldest of it's kind in the country.
Based in the small village of St. John's Chapel, this agricultural show takes place on the last Saturday in August. Friendly competitions such as photography and arts and crafts take place and the event gives local businesses the opportunity to promote their products and services.
Follow the Gruffalo trail in County Durham's largest forest. Perfect for families and dog walkers, Hamsterley Forest offers tranquil strolls and mountain biking for all ages and abilities. The ideal day trip to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
From tractor rides to lamb feeding, Hall Hill Farm offers an exhilarating and educational day out for the whole family. After a game of crazy golf or a ride on the barrel train, why not pop into the tearoom for a brew?
Opening in March, Auckland Castle holds the exciting history of the county between it's magnificent walls. As the home of the Prince Bishops of Durham, this ancient castle gives us a key to the past and a vision of previous tenants and their powerful armies.