High Force was seen as a national beauty spot as long ago as Victorian times and was painted by some of the greatest artists of the time such as Turner. Here the River Tees suddenly and spectacularly drops 70 feet making this England's highest uninterrupted drop of water. There are several places that one can park to walk to High Force, or the keen walker can do a circular walk from the cottage that takes in High Force.
Cauldron Snout and Cow Green Geological Trail
Admission free. Large parking area at Cow Green Reservoir. A well maintained path takes visitors 4 km along the Geological Trail, through Moor House National Nature Reserve to Caudron Snout where a cascade of falls drop over 200 feet. A spectacular moorland site, but take warm clothing !
A dramatic deep chasm on the Pennine hillside, this natural beauty spot has been one of England's most popular walking sites for over a century.
Forestry commission land with a range of walks of varying distance and difficulty. An orienteering course, picnic places, horseriding trails and cycling routes are also provided.
First developed over 400 years ago and enclosed and sheltered within stone walls lie 400 acres of gardens surrounding a nursery and including traditional borders, winding paths, a sparkling stream, a ruined church and many unusual plants. There is aslo a coffee shop, deli and gift shop.
Beamish The Living Museum of the North
A 300 acre world famous open air museum telling the story of life in the north east of England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. The site includes a town, a railway station, an operating wagonway, a colliery, a pit village and a farm.
The museum houses major collections of fine art, textiles, dress, silver and metals, ceramics, furniture, toys and local history in 20 galleries over 3 floors. In addition there is a wide ranging programme of exhibitions and events.
The ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white cannons' including much of the 13th century church, a range of living quarters and traces of an ingenious toilet drainage syatem. A beautiful setting overlooking a bend in the River Tees. The Abbey can be included in an attractive circular walk along the river from Barnard Castle. Admission free.
Killhope : The North of England Lead Mining Museum
A chance to take a trip down inrto Park Lead Mine with an experienced guide, try your hand as a 'washer boy', and visit the mine shop and water mill. The museum also includes woodland trails with wildlife hides and hosts a varied progeramme of events. Dogs welcome.
National Railway Museum at Shildon
"The greatest changing railway collection in the North East", with additional interactive displays, indoor and outdoor picnic areas, a children's play area and a cafe. On selected dates you can even drive an engine! Free Parking and admission.
"One of England's finest Medieval Castles". Built in the 14th century by the Nevills and still lived in today, the castle has played a key role in major historical events such as the Rising of the North. Highlights include a medieval kitchen, the vast Barons' Hall and a spectacular Victorian octagonal drawing room. There are also walled gardens, coach houses, tea rooms, a woodland play area and a deer park.
A Palladian style country house built by Sir Thomas Robinson in 1735 and the setting for the famous ballad 'Rokeby Park' by Sir Walter Scott.