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Stanhope Castle is located right in the middle of the well appointed village of Stanhope in the heart of Weardale making this an ideal base for your short break.

Described as England’s “last wilderness” and possibly one of the best kept secrets, the Durham Dales are situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

These Dales are made up of a wonderful blend of rugged upland, wild flower meadows, impressive waterfalls, snaking stone walls, stunning imprints of a mining and industrial past.

The market town of Stanhope lies in the heart of Weardale and has shops and pubs which will make you very welcome and give you a taste of the rural life! There are ample walking and cycle routes which leave the town in every direction, whether it be along the river path or across the rugged fells.

You will find other towns and villages dotted around the area and in easy reach such as the historic town of Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Frosterley, Wolsingham and not forgetting the city of Durham with its cathedral and castle. Some of the most popular tourist attractions are listed below.

Durham Dales Centre

The Durham Dales Centre is situated in Stanhope, Weardale in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). A unique venue with a range of attractions such as a tearoom offering homemade hot and cold meals, speciality coffees and teas, gift shops and speciality craft shops, gardens, visitor information, funtion room and business offices.

Distance: 200 metres

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Stanhope Show

The Annual Stanhope Show is County Durham’s premier agricultural show. A traditional Dales agricultural show where visitors can browse a wonderful display of the finest livestock, produce and crafts that the Durham Dales have to offer. The show is held on the second weekend in September in the picturesque surrounds of Unthank Park, Stanhope

Distance: 0.5 miles

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Weardale Railway

Weardale Railway - home to the Polar Express - is right on our doorstep. We are conveniently located for Stanhope Station.

Distance: 0.5 miles

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Harehope Quarry

The Harehope Quarry Project is located on the edge of the village of Frosterley in Weardale, Co.Durham. We are a workers co-operative offering environmental education, field studies, rural skills training, community development, and community arts.

Distance: 3 miles

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Wolsingham Show

Wolsingham Show is held on the first weekend in September and is the oldest agricultural show in the country.

Distance: 6 miles

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Weardale Show

Weardale Agricultural Show is held in St Johns Chapel on the last weekend in August. Lots of family events and attractions.

Distance: 7 miles

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Hamsterley Forest

Hamsterley Forest is a delightful 2000 hectare oasis, sprawling along the sides of a sheltered valley. Visitors to Hamsterley have no shortage of options when it comes to forest adventure or a tranquil getaway from the hustles of modern living. Go on, explore!

Distance: 12 miles

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Hall Hill Farm

Set in the beautiful rolling hills of County Durham, Hall Hill Farm is an award winning mixed farm of 290 hectares - a great day out for children and schools with loads of great things to do and see.

Distance: 12 miles

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Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle is one of the UK’s most important historical buildings. Since the days of the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century, Auckland Castle has been a seat of power. For almost 900 years, it has been the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham and although the site where Auckland Castle now stands has seen numerous changes, few will have been as far reaching and visionary as those which are set to take place in the 21st Century.

Distance: 17 miles

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Really great place! Set in it’s own secluded part of the castle we stayed here over new year (a group of 6 adults). the apartment is really nicely furnished, well equipped and was plenty big enough for six of us. The hot tub is a perfect way to relax after spending a day exploring the local countryside. I would highly recommend this place for a peaceful break and we would definitely return in the future.