Things to do

There’s plenty to keep you entertained on a visit to Teesdale and Durham Dales. The area has many great circular cycling and walking routes, taking you through fantastic scenery and the annual North Pennines walking festival celebrates the area’s many long distance trails.

Pay a visit to the medieval Egglestone Abbey which overlooks the River Tees near Barnard Castle. The Abbey was built around 1195 by a group of Premonstratensian canons and the ruins of a 13th century church at Egglestone Abbey can be seen on the site. The abbey is free to enter and has a lovely picnic site, perfect for a lazy lunch in the sunshine!

Why not learn all about the area’s rich mining history at Killhope Lead Mining Museum with their fantastic interactive exhibits or take a guided tour of the famous Nenthead Mines or visit the historic Raby Castle,one of England’s best preserved castles, with its world famous art collection (which includes old masters and portraits) and wild red and fallow deer who roam the grounds.

For another superb collection of art pay a visit to The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, a stunning french style chateau housing a collection of European and decorative art. Some of the museum’s most famous exhibits include Silver figure of the poet Sappho created by James Pradier, an early example of rococo panelling from London’s Chesterfield House and a musical automaton of a silver swan dating back to 1773.