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Scale: It is 31 miles from Barnard Castle to Consett and 31 miles from Darlington to Stanley.

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Attraction 1 - Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP. Tel: 01833 690606. thebowesmuseum.org.uk.
Attraction 2 - REDCAR RACECOURSE, The Racecourse, Redcar TS10 2BY
Tel: 01642 484068. redcarracing.co.uk.
Attraction 3 - Binchester Roman Fort, Bishop Auckland Tel: 01388 663089
Attraction 4 - Beamish - The North of England Open Air Museum, Co. Durham. DH9 0RG. Tel: 0191 370 4000. beamish.org.uk.
Attraction 5 - Hartlepool Historic Quay & Museum, Jackson Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool TS24 0XZ. Tel: 01429 860077.

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Visitor attractions and information for Barnard Castle

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Attractions Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle Tel: 01833 690606 In the style of a magnificent and highly ornamented French chateau, the Bowes is one of the country's greatest private collections of fine and decorative art and runs an exciting programme of major exhibitions throughout the year. www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk. On the outskirts of Barnard Castle.

Bowes Museum

Attractions Egglestone Abbey is a ruined 12th Century Premonstratensian abbey in a picturesque setting above the River Tees dating from 1195. Turner painted here on one of his three visits to Teesdale. About one and a half miles southeast of Barnard Castle.

Egglestone Abbey

Rokeby Hall and Park

Attractions Rokeby Hall and Park, Barnard Castle Tel: 01833 637334. This palladian style country house on the banks of the River Tees was the setting for Sir Walter Scott’s ballad ‘Rokeby’. The house contains a unique collection of 18th century needlepainting pictures. About 3 miles southeast of Barnard Castle.

Rokeby Hall and Park

Attractions The Otter Trust's North Pennines Reserve (Tel: 01986 893470) is a 230 acre wildlife reserve near Bowes. It is populated with British and Asian otters, red and fallow deer, reindeer and rare breeds of farm animals. There are bird hides overlooking wetland areas as well as picnic sites and walks to enjoy. About 8 miles west of Barnard Castle.
The Otter Trust's North Pennines Reserve

Attractions Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3AH Tel: 01833 660202 One of England's most beautiful castles with sprawling battlements and a 200-acre deer park. As well as towers and fortifications, Raby houses a fabulous art collection, splendid interiors and treasures including an important collection of Meissen porcelain. About 6 miles east of Barnard Castle.

 Raby Castle

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Visitor attractions and information for Billingham

Attractions Billingham Beck Valley Country Park Tel: 01642 360376 Billingham Beck Valley is one of Stockton Borough's most interesting areas of countryside with its colourful meadows, ponds, marsh and woodland. Designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1992, this valuable pocket of countryside has been preserved as a haven for wildlife and a place where people can explore, enjoy and learn about the countryside. About 3 miles west of Billingham.

Billingham Beck Valley Country Park

Attractions REDCAR RACECOURSE, The Racecourse, Redcar TS10 2BY
Tel: 01642 484068.
Racing has taken place at Redcar for many years – originally on the sands of Coatham – with the current site and company opening up for business in 1875. www.redcarracing.co.uk. About 10 miles east of Billingham.

REDCAR RACECOURSE

Attractions Preston Hall Museum, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees. Tel: 01642 781184. The museum is best known for its Victorian Street and its many period rooms, giving a glimpse of domestic life in the area over the years. It has an impressive display of weaponry in its cellars, and also houses Stockton's most famous painting, the Dice Players by Georges de la Tour. Set in 112 acres of parkland, between Stockton and Yarm on A135. About 6 miles south of Billingham.

 Preston Hall Museum

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Visitor attractions and information for Bishop Auckland

AttractionsAuckland Castle, Bishop Auckland Tel: 01388 601627 Historically the principal country residence of the Prince Bishops and now the official home of the Bishop of Durham. It has a magnificent marble and limestone chapel, reputed to be the largest private chapel in Europe, and is located on a promontory overlooking the Rivers Wear and Gaunless. About 1 mile north of Bishop Auckland.

Auckland Castle

AttractionsBinchester Roman Fort, Bishop Auckland Tel: 01388 663089
Binchester was the largest Roman fort in County Durham. A small part has been excavated and is open to view. Most of the fort and the remains of the nearby civilian settlement still lie buried in the surrounding fields. Car parking is available on site or the fort is a 20-minute walk along the banks of the River Wear from Bishop Auckland Market Place.
On the outskirts of Bishop Auckland.

Binchester Roman Fort

Attractions Sedgefield Racecourse, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 2HW Tel: 01740 621925 Hosting 20 Jump race meetings and spanning 11 months of the year, Sedgefield Racecourse is one of Britain’s most popular racecourses. About 8 miles east of Bishop Auckland.

Sedgefield Racecourse

Attractions Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3AH Tel: 01833 660202 One of England's most beautiful castles with sprawling battlements and a 200-acre deer park. As well as towers and fortifications, Raby houses a fabulous art collection, splendid interiors and treasures including an important collection of Meissen porcelain. About 7 miles southwest of Bishop Auckland.

Raby Castle

AttractionsLocomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon, Shildon Tel: 01388 777999 Locomotion is an £11 million project, a joint venture between Sedgefield Borough Council and the National Railway Museum at York. It opened in Shildon in September 2004 and links with the existing Timothy Hackworth Museum. The new Museum houses in excess of 60 exhibits and provides an opportunity to view the history of the railways. About 3 miles southeast of Bishop Auckland.

National Railway Museum

Bishop Auckland hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Chester-le-Street

Durham Cathedral and Castle

Attractions Durham Cathedral and Castle - Here you can visit the Tomb of St. Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede. The Castle is now part of the University College but tours take place throughout the day. With the Cathedral, it is still very much an icon of the City and County of Durham. University College, Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW. Tel: 0191 334 4099. www.durhamcastle.org. About 6 miles south of Chester-le-Street.

Durham Cathedral and Castle

 Crook Hall & Gardens

Attractions Crook Hall & Gardens, Frankland Lane, Sidegate, Durham, Uk, DH1 5SZ Tel: 0191 384 8028. A Medieval Manor House surrounded by romantic gardens. All within walking distance of Durham City Centre. Described by Alan Titchmarsh as "a tapestry of colourful blooms". www.crookhallgardens.co.uk. About 5 miles south of Chester-le-Street.

 Crook Hall & Gardens

Attractions University of Durham Botanic Garden. Eighteen-acre garden set in mature woodland with exotic trees from America and the Himalayas. Prince Bishops’ Garden, tropical house, cactus house with butterflies and insects. Visitor centre with changing exhibitions, cafe and toilets. About 7 miles south of Chester-le-Street.

University of Durham Botanic Garden

AttractionsBeamish - The North of England Open Air Museum, Co. Durham Tel: 0191 370 4000. Visit the town, colliery village, farm, railway station, Pockerley Manor and 1825 railway, recreating life in the North East in the early 1800's and 1900's. Beamish Museum is an open air museum where you can go underground in a drift mine, visit the pit cottages, Victorian schoolroom, a Victorian dentist and an old fashioned sweet shop. Step on board our trams and we'll transport you into the past. www.beamish.org.uk. About 4 miles west of Chester-le-Street.

Beamish - The North of England Open Air Museum

AttractionsGateshead Angel of the North, Durham Road, Low Eighton, Gateshead Tel: 0191 477 3478 The Angel of the North is Britain's largest and most impressive sculpture. It stands near the A1 in Gateshead. Designed by Antony Gormley, it weighs 200 tons, is 20- metres high and has a 54-metre wing span. About 4 miles north of Chester-le-Street.

Gateshead Angel of the North

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Visitor attractions and information for Consett

Attractions Derwent Valley Railway Path, Consett. Enquiries to Durham County Council, Environment, County Hall, Durham Tel: 0191 383 3594 The Derwent Valley Railway Path shadows the River Derwent for 11 miles between Swalwell and Consett, passing through the villages of Shotley Bridge, Ebchester and Rowlands Gill. It passes through woodland, meadow and along side ponds and riverside areas. In addition there are two visitor centres, Swalwell and Thornley Woodland.

 Derwent Valley Railway Path

Attractions Derwentcote Steel Furnace, Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE39 1BATel :0191 269 1200 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. Production ceased in the 1870’s and the furnace soon fell into disrepair. Fortunately, in 1985 it was taken into the care of English Heritage and carefully restored. About 5 miles north of Consett.
Derwentcote Steel Furnace

AttractionsBeamish - The North of England Open Air Museum, Co. Durham Tel: 0191 370 4000. Visit the town, colliery village, farm, railway station, Pockerley Manor and 1825 railway, recreating life in the North East in the early 1800's and 1900's. Beamish Museum is an open air museum where you can go underground in a drift mine, visit the pit cottages, Victorian schoolroom, a Victorian dentist and an old fashioned sweet shop. Step on board our trams and we'll transport you into the past. www.beamish.org.uk. About 10 miles east of Consett.

Beamish - The North of England Open Air Museum

AttractionsGateshead Angel of the North, Durham Road, Low Eighton, Gateshead Tel: 0191 477 3478 The Angel of the North is Britain's largest and most impressive sculpture. It stands near the A1 in Gateshead. Designed by Antony Gormley, it weighs 200 tons, is 20- metres high and has a 54-metre wing span. About 15 miles northeast of Consett.

Gateshead Angel of the North

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Visitor attractions and information for Crook

Attractions Crook has a famous amateur football team, Crook Town F.C. Millfield Ground, West Road, Crook, Co. Durham, DL15 9PW. Tel: (01388) 762959.

 Crook Town F.C.

Durham Cathedral and Castle

Attractions Durham Cathedral and Castle - a World Heritage Site and is only a short drive away. Here you can visit the Tomb of St. Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede. The Castle is now part of the University College but tours take place throughout the day. With the Cathedral, it is still very much an icon of the City and County of Durham. www.durhamcastle.org. University College, Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW. Tel: 0191 334 4099. About 8 miles southwest of Crook.

Durham Cathedral and Castle

AttractionsBeamish - The North of England Open Air Museum, Co. Durham Tel: 0191 370 4000. Visit the town, colliery village, farm, railway station, Pockerley Manor and 1825 railway, recreating life in the North East in the early 1800's and 1900's. Beamish Museum is an open air museum where you can go underground in a drift mine, visit the pit cottages, Victorian schoolroom, a Victorian dentist and an old fashioned sweet shop. Step on board our trams and we'll transport you into the past. www.beamish.org.uk. About 12 miles north of Crook.

Beamish - The North of England Open Air Museum

Crook Hall & Gardens

Attractions Crook Hall & Gardens, Frankland Lane, Sidegate, Durham, Uk, DH1 5SZ Tel: 0191 384 8028. A Medieval Manor House surrounded by romantic gardens. All within walking distance of Durham City Centre. Described by Alan Titchmarsh as "a tapestry of colourful blooms". www.crookhallgardens.co.uk. About 10 miles northeast of Crook.

Crook Hall & Gardens

Attractions Escomb church was built around 670 A.D & can be found in the village of Escomb on the west side of Bishop Auckland close to Crook. Much of the stonework came from the remains of the nearby Roman Fort at Binchester. Now restored, it is one of the finest examples of early Christian architecture in Northern Europe. Tours,educational visits and Pilgrimages by arrangement with the Tourist Secretary Tel: 07946 187934. www.escombsaxonchurch.com. About 4 miles south of Crook.

Escomb church

Crook hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Darlington

Attractions Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, North Road Station, Darlington Tel: 01325 460532 - Restored 1842 station housing a collection of exhibits relating to railways in the North East of England, including Stephenson's Locomotion. It is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world's first steam-worked public railway. About 1 mile from Darlington town centre.

Darlington Railway Centre and Museum

Attractions Preston Hall Museum, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees. Tel: 01642 781184. The museum is best known for its Victorian Street and its many period rooms, giving a glimpse of domestic life in the area over the years. It has an impressive display of weaponry in its cellars, and also houses Stockton's most famous painting, the Dice Players by Georges de la Tour. Set in 112 acres of parkland, between Stockton and Yarm on A135. About 8 miles east of Darlington.

Preston Hall Museum

Riverside StadiumAttractions The Riverside Stadium has been the home of Middlesbrough F.C. since the beginning of the English Premier League season 1995-96. Its current capacity is 35,049 all-seated. About 13 miles east of Darlington.

The Riverside Stadium

Attractions The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge links Middlesbrough with the borough of Stockton-on-Tees, spaning the River Tees. It carries a travelling 'car', suspended from the bridge, across the river in 90 seconds and is the largest working bridge of its kind in the world. It has featured in films and TV programmes including Billy Elliot, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, The Fast Show, and Steel River Blues. About 12 miles east of Darlington.

The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge

Attractions Darlington Tees Cottage Pumping Station, Coniscliffe Road. Darlington Tel: 01325 760216. A Scheduled Ancient Monument with two completely original pumping engines in full working order, displayed running under their pumping load on about four weekends each year. One is a two-cylinder compound steam beam engine, the other engine a two-cylinder gas engine, the largest preserved example in Europe. The engines are housed in their own purpose built buildings, dating from 1847 to 1901, in themselves superb examples of Victorian architecture. On the outskirts of Darlington.

Darlington Tees Cottage Pumping Station

Attractions Designed by leading contemporary artist and sculptor David Mach, Train is made from 185,000 local "Accrington Nori" bricks and commemorates Darlington's illustrious heritage as "home of the railways". 60 metres long and 6 metres high, it is a perfect rendering of the 1938 classic locomotive "Mallard", complete with plume of billowing smoke. About 2 miles east of Darlington on the A66.

Train

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Visitor attractions and information for Durham

Attractions Durham station - North Rd Durham. EAST Coast train operator GNER this week (2006) starts work on a £2.5 million facelift to Durham railway station, which will restore its buildings to their original Victorian grandeur. TRAINTRACKER at www.nationalrail.co.uk. In the centre of Durham.

Durham station

Durham Cathedral and Castle

Attractions Durham Cathedral and Castle - Here you can visit the Tomb of St. Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede. The Castle is now part of the University College but tours take place throughout the day. With the Cathedral, it is still very much an icon of the City and County of Durham. University College, Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW. Tel: 0191 334 4099. www.durhamcastle.org. In the centre of Durham.

Durham Cathedral and Castle

Crook Hall & Gardens

Attractions Crook Hall & Gardens, Frankland Lane, Sidegate, Durham, Uk, DH1 5SZ Tel: 0191 384 8028. A Medieval Manor House surrounded by romantic gardens. All within walking distance of Durham City Centre. Described by Alan Titchmarsh as "a tapestry of colourful blooms". www.crookhallgardens.co.uk. On the outskirts of Durham.

Crook Hall & Gardens

DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

Attractions DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, Durham City. In 1881, The Durham Light Infantry was formed and soon saw action in Egypt and against the Boers in South Africa. Café, shop, parking, attractive grounds.

DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

Attractions Durham Town Hall. Built in 1850. Features include superb stained glass windows, paintings, heraldic symbols and a magnificent fireplace of local stone. Tel. 0191 301 8534. In the centre of Durham.

Durham Town Hall

Durham Heritage Centre

Attractions Durham Heritage Centre. Museum of local history telling the story of Durham, housed in a medieval church. Audio-visual, brass-rubbing and shop. In the centre of Durham.
Durham Heritage Centre
University of Durham Botanic Garden

Attractions University of Durham Botanic Garden. Eighteen-acre garden set in mature woodland with exotic trees from America and the Himalayas. Prince Bishops’ Garden, tropical house, cactus house with butterflies and insects. Visitor centre with changing exhibitions, cafe and toilets. On the outskirts of Durham.

University of Durham Botanic Garden

AttractionsBeamish - The North of England Open Air Museum, Co. Durham Tel: 0191 370 4000. Visit the town, colliery village, farm, railway station, Pockerley Manor and 1825 railway, recreating life in the North East in the early 1800's and 1900's. Beamish Museum is an open air museum where you can go underground in a drift mine, visit the pit cottages, Victorian schoolroom, a Victorian dentist and an old fashioned sweet shop. Step on board our trams and we'll transport you into the past. www.beamish.org.uk. About 9 miles northwest of Durham.

Beamish - The North of England Open Air Museum

Durham hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Guisborough

Attractions Guisborough Priory. Tel: 01287 633801 The ruins of an Augustinian priory founded by the Bruce family, afterwards Kings of Scotland. They are dominated by the dramatic skeleton of the 14th-century church's east end. English Heritage charges apply. In the centre of Guisborough.

Guisborough Priory

AttractionsGuisborough Forest & Walkway, Pinchinthorpe, Guisborough Tel: 01287 631132 Situated in Pinchinthorpe on the outskirts of Guisborough at the northern end of the A173, it extends for 2.5 miles along part of the route followed by the old Guisborough Branch Railway line, heading west towards Nunthorpe, and east to Guisborough Forest, which is managed by Forest Enterprise. It is a gateway site to the North York Moors National Park and offers splendid views of Roseberry Topping to the south. About 1 mile west of Guisborough.

Guisborough Forest & Walkway

Attractions Captain Cook's Monument, Great Ayton. Captain James Cook was Great Ayton's most famous son. The monument is a 51 ft high obelisk located on Easby Moor and visible for miles around. It was constructed from local sandstone and was erected in 1827 by Robert Campion of Whitby. About 4 miles southwest of Guisborough.

Captain Cook's Monument

Attractions Roseberry Topping, Newton-under-Roseberry - (National Trust) Tel: 01947 841386 - Roseberry Topping is a distinctive hill on the border between North Yorkshire and the borough of Redcar and Cleveland. Its summit has a distinctive half-cone shape with a jagged cliff. There are magnificent 360 degree views from the summit and on a clear day, visitors may see as far as Teeside in one direction and the Yorkshire Dales in another. About 3 miles south of Guisborough.

Roseberry Topping

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Visitor attractions and information for Hartlepool

Hartlepool Historic Quay & Museum

Attractions Hartlepool Historic Quay & Museum, Jackson Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool Tel: 01429 860006. The internationally renowned Historic Quay and award-winning Museum opened in 1995. The Quay depicts an 18th Century seaport from the time of Nelson and Trafalgar. Home of the HMS Trincomalee, the second oldest British warship afloat – available for guided tours. Northumbria's Visitor Attraction of the Year (awarded twice in the last three years) and listed by Which? Guide as one of the top six historical attractions in the UK. In the centre of Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Historic Quay & Museum

Attractions Sedgefield Racecourse, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 2HW Tel: 01740 621925 Hosting 20 Jump race meetings and spanning 11 months of the year, Sedgefield Racecourse is one of Britain’s most popular racecourses. About 10 miles west of Hartlepool.

Sedgefield Racecourse

Attractions Billingham Beck Valley Country Park Tel: 01642 360376 Billingham Beck Valley is one of Stockton Borough's most interesting areas of countryside with its colourful meadows, ponds, marsh and woodland. Designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1992, this valuable pocket of countryside has been preserved as a haven for wildlife and a place where people can explore, enjoy and learn about the countryside. About 8 miles southwest of Hartlepool.

Billingham Beck Valley Country Park

Hartlepool hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Hurworth on Tees

Darlington Railway Centre and Museum

Attractions Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, North Road Station, Darlington Tel: 01325 460532 - Restored 1842 station housing a collection of exhibits relating to railways in the North East of England, including Stephenson's Locomotion. It is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world's first steam-worked public railway. www.drcm.org.uk. About 3 miles north of Hurworth on Tees.

Darlington Railway Centre and Museum

Attractions Preston Hall Museum, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees. Tel: 01642 781184. The museum is best known for its Victorian Street and its many period rooms, giving a glimpse of domestic life in the area over the years. It has an impressive display of weaponry in its cellars, and also houses Stockton's most famous painting, the Dice Players by Georges de la Tour. Set in 112 acres of parkland, between Stockton and Yarm on A135. About 8 miles east of Hurworth on Tees.

Preston Hall Museum

Riverside StadiumAttractions The Riverside Stadium has been the home of Middlesbrough F.C. since the beginning of the English Premier League season 1995-96. Its current capacity is 35,049 all-seated. www.mfc.premiumtv.co.uk. About 13 miles east of Hurworth on Tees.

Riverside Stadium

Attractions The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge links Middlesbrough with the borough of Stockton-on-Tees, spaning the River Tees. It carries a travelling 'car', suspended from the bridge, across the river in 90 seconds and is the largest working bridge of its kind in the world. It has featured in films and TV programmes including Billy Elliot, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, The Fast Show, and Steel River Blues. About 15 miles east of Hurworth on Tees.

The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge

Attractions Darlington Tees Cottage Pumping Station, Coniscliffe Road. Darlington Tel: 01325 760216 A Scheduled Ancient Monument with two completely original pumping engines in full working order, displayed running under their pumping load on about four weekends each year. One is a two-cylinder compound steam beam engine, the other engine a two-cylinder gas engine, the largest preserved example in Europe. The engines are housed in their own purpose built buildings, dating from 1847 to 1901, in themselves superb examples of Victorian architecture. About 4 miles west of Hurworth on Tees.
Darlington Tees Cottage Pumping Station

Attractions Designed by leading contemporary artist and sculptor David Mach, Train is made from 185,000 local "Accrington Nori" bricks and commemorates Darlington's illustrious heritage as "home of the railways". 60 metres long and 6 metres high, it is a perfect rendering of the 1938 classic locomotive "Mallard", complete with plume of billowing smoke. About 4 miles north of Hurworth on Tees on the A66.

Train

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Visitor attractions and information for Middlesbrough

Attractions Preston Hall Museum, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees. Tel: 01642 781184. The museum is best known for its Victorian Street and its many period rooms, giving a glimpse of domestic life in the area over the years. It has an impressive display of weaponry in its cellars, and also houses Stockton's most famous painting, the Dice Players by Georges de la Tour. Set in 112 acres of parkland, between Stockton and Yarm on A135. About 5 miles west of Middlesbrough.

Preston Hall Museum

Attractions REDCAR RACECOURSE, The Racecourse, Redcar TS10 2BY
Tel: 01642 484068.
Racing has taken place at Redcar for many years – originally on the sands of Coatham – with the current site and company opening up for business in 1875. www.redcarracing.co.uk. About 8 miles east of Middlesbrough.

REDCAR RACECOURSE

Attractions Billingham Beck Valley Country Park Tel: 01642 360376 Billingham Beck Valley is one of Stockton Borough's most interesting areas of countryside with its colourful meadows, ponds, marsh and woodland. Designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1992, this valuable pocket of countryside has been preserved as a haven for wildlife and a place where people can explore, enjoy and learn about the countryside. About 5 miles north of Middlesbrough.

Billingham Beck Valley

Riverside Stadium

Attractions The Riverside Stadium has been the home of Middlesbrough F.C. since the beginning of the English Premier League season 1995-96. Its current capacity is 35,049 all-seated. mfc.premiumtv.co.uk. On the outskirts of Middlesbrough.

Riverside Stadium

Attractions The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge links Middlesbrough with the borough of Stockton-on-Tees, spaning the River Tees. It carries a travelling 'car', suspended from the bridge, across the river in 90 seconds and is the largest working bridge of its kind in the world. It has featured in films and TV programmes including Billy Elliot, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, The Fast Show, and Steel River Blues. On the outskirts of Middlesbrough.

The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge

Attractions Ormesby Hall, Ormesby, Middlesbrough TS7 9AS Tel: 01642 324188.A mid 18th-century Palladian attractive rural mansion and gardens, on the edge of Middlesbrough. The simple Palladian facade masks exquisite interior decoration, paintings and furnishing. The fine Georgian stable block is home to the Cleveland Mounted Police's horses. National Trust charges apply. About 2 miles south of Middlesbrough.

Ormesby Hall

Middlesbrough hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Newton Aycliffe

Darlington Railway Centre and Museum

Attractions Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, North Road Station, Darlington Tel: 01325 460532 - Restored 1842 station housing a collection of exhibits relating to railways in the North East of England, including Stephenson's Locomotion. It is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world's first steam-worked public railway. About 6 miles south of Newton Aycliffe.

Darlington Railway Centre and Museum

Attractions Preston Hall Museum, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees. Tel: 01642 781184. The museum is best known for its Victorian Street and its many period rooms, giving a glimpse of domestic life in the area over the years. It has an impressive display of weaponry in its cellars, and also houses Stockton's most famous painting, the Dice Players by Georges de la Tour. Set in 112 acres of parkland, between Stockton and Yarm on A135. About 8 miles southeast of Newton Aycliffe.

Preston Hall Museum

Attractions Darlington Tees Cottage Pumping Station, Coniscliffe Road. Darlington Tel: 01325 760216. A Scheduled Ancient Monument with two completely original pumping engines in full working order, displayed running under their pumping load on about four weekends each year. One is a two-cylinder compound steam beam engine, the other engine a two-cylinder gas engine, the largest preserved example in Europe. The engines are housed in their own purpose built buildings, dating from 1847 to 1901, in themselves superb examples of Victorian architecture. About 7 miles south of Newton Aycliffe.
Darlington Tees Cottage Pumping Station

Attractions Designed by leading contemporary artist and sculptor David Mach, Train is made from 185,000 local "Accrington Nori" bricks and commemorates Darlington's illustrious heritage as "home of the railways". 60 metres long and 6 metres high, it is a perfect rendering of the 1938 classic locomotive "Mallard", complete with plume of billowing smoke. About 8 miles south of Newton Aycliffe on the A66.

Train

Locomotion: the National Railway Museum

AttractionsLocomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon, Shildon Tel: 01388 777999 Locomotion is an £11 million project, a joint venture between Sedgefield Borough Council and the National Railway Museum at York. It opened in Shildon in September 2004 and links with the existing Timothy Hackworth Museum. The new Museum houses in excess of 60 exhibits and provides an opportunity to view the history of the railways. About 3 miles northwest of Newton Aycliffe.

Locomotion: the National Railway Museum

Newton Aycliffe hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Peterlee

Durham Cathedral and Castle

Attractions Durham Cathedral and Castle - Here you can visit the Tomb of St. Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede. The Castle is now part of the University College but tours take place throughout the day. With the Cathedral, it is still very much an icon of the City and County of Durham. University College, Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW. Tel: 0191 334 4099. www.durhamcastle.org. About 10 miles west of Peterlee.

Durham Cathedral and Castle

Crook Hall & Gardens

Attractions Crook Hall & Gardens, Frankland Lane, Sidegate, Durham, Uk, DH1 5SZ Tel: 0191 384 8028. A Medieval Manor House surrounded by romantic gardens. All within walking distance of Durham City Centre. Described by Alan Titchmarsh as "a tapestry of colourful blooms". www.crookhallgardens.co.uk. About 10 miles west of Peterlee.

Crook Hall & Gardens
Hartlepool Historic Quay & Museum

Attractions Hartlepool Historic Quay & Museum, Jackson Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool Tel: 01429 860006. The internationally renowned Historic Quay and award-winning Museum opened in 1995. The Quay depicts an 18th Century seaport from the time of Nelson and Trafalgar. Home of the HMS Trincomalee, the second oldest British warship afloat – available for guided tours. Northumbria's Visitor Attraction of the Year (awarded twice in the last three years) and listed by Which? Guide as one of the top six historical attractions in the UK. About 8 miles southeast of Peterlee.

Hartlepool Historic Quay & Museum

Attractions Sedgefield Racecourse, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 2HW Tel: 01740 621925 Hosting 20 Jump race meetings and spanning 11 months of the year, Sedgefield Racecourse is one of Britain’s most popular racecourses. About 10 miles southwest of Peterlee.

Sedgefield Racecourse

Peterlee hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Sedgefield

AttractionsAuckland Castle, Bishop Auckland Tel: 01388 601627 Historically the principal country residence of the Prince Bishops and now the official home of the Bishop of Durham. It has a magnificent marble and limestone chapel, reputed to be the largest private chapel in Europe, and is located on a promontory overlooking the Rivers Wear and Gaunless. About 9 miles west of Sedgefield.

Auckland Castle

AttractionsBinchester Roman Fort, Bishop Auckland Tel: 01388 663089
Binchester was the largest Roman fort in County Durham. A small part has been excavated and is open to view. Most of the fort and the remains of the nearby civilian settlement still lie buried in the surrounding fields. Car parking is available on site or the fort is a 20-minute walk along the banks of the River Wear from Bishop Auckland Market Place.
About 9 miles west of Sedgefield.

Binchester Roman Fort

Attractions Sedgefield Racecourse, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 2HW Tel: 01740 621925 Hosting 20 Jump race meetings and spanning 11 months of the year, Sedgefield Racecourse is one of Britain’s most popular racecourses. On the outskirts of Sedgefield.

Sedgefield Racecourse
Billingham Beck Valley Country Park

Attractions Billingham Beck Valley Country Park Tel: 01642 360376 Billingham Beck Valley is one of Stockton Borough's most interesting areas of countryside with its colourful meadows, ponds, marsh and woodland. Designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1992, this valuable pocket of countryside has been preserved as a haven for wildlife and a place where people can explore, enjoy and learn about the countryside. About 6 miles southeast of Sedgefield.

Billingham Beck Valley Country Park

Sedgefield hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Shildon

AttractionsLocomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon, Shildon Tel: 01388 777999 Locomotion is an £11 million project, a joint venture between Sedgefield Borough Council and the National Railway Museum at York. It opened in Shildon in September 2004 and links with the existing Timothy Hackworth Museum. The new Museum houses in excess of 60 exhibits and provides an opportunity to view the history of the railways. In the centre of Shildon.

AttractionsAuckland Castle, Bishop Auckland Tel: 01388 601627 Historically the principal country residence of the Prince Bishops and now the official home of the Bishop of Durham. It has a magnificent marble and limestone chapel, reputed to be the largest private chapel in Europe, and is located on a promontory overlooking the Rivers Wear and Gaunless. About 2 miles north of Shildon.

Attractions Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3AH Tel: 01833 660202 One of England's most beautiful castles with sprawling battlements and a 200-acre deer park. As well as towers and fortifications, Raby houses a fabulous art collection, splendid interiors and treasures including an important collection of Meissen porcelain. About 7 miles southwest of Shildon.

Sedgefield RacecourseAttractions Sedgefield Racecourse, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 2HW Tel: 01740 621925 Hosting 20 Jump race meetings and spanning 11 months of the year, Sedgefield Racecourse is one of Britain’s most popular racecourses. About 8 miles east of Shildon.

AttractionsBinchester Roman Fort, Bishop Auckland Tel: 01388 663089
Binchester was the largest Roman fort in County Durham. A small part has been excavated and is open to view. Most of the fort and the remains of the nearby civilian settlement still lie buried in the surrounding fields. Car parking is available on site or the fort is a 20-minute walk along the banks of the River Wear from Bishop Auckland Market Place.
About 4 miles north of Shildon.

Shildon Hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Spennymoor

AttractionsAuckland Castle, Bishop Auckland Tel: 01388 601627 Historically the principal country residence of the Prince Bishops and now the official home of the Bishop of Durham. It has a magnificent marble and limestone chapel, reputed to be the largest private chapel in Europe, and is located on a promontory overlooking the Rivers Wear and Gaunless. About 3 miles southwest of Spennymoor.

Auckland Castle

AttractionsBinchester Roman Fort, Bishop Auckland Tel: 01388 663089
Binchester was the largest Roman fort in County Durham. A small part has been excavated and is open to view. Most of the fort and the remains of the nearby civilian settlement still lie buried in the surrounding fields. Car parking is available on site or the fort is a 20-minute walk along the banks of the River Wear from Bishop Auckland Market Place.
About 3 miles southwest of Spennymoor.

Binchester Roman Fort

Attractions Sedgefield Racecourse, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 2HW Tel: 01740 621925 Hosting 20 Jump race meetings and spanning 11 months of the year, Sedgefield Racecourse is one of Britain’s most popular racecourses. About 8 miles east of Spennymoor .

Sedgefield Racecourse

AttractionsLocomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon, Shildon Tel: 01388 777999 Locomotion is an £11 million project, a joint venture between Sedgefield Borough Council and the National Railway Museum at York. It opened in Shildon in September 2004 and links with the existing Timothy Hackworth Museum. The new Museum houses in excess of 60 exhibits and provides an opportunity to view the history of the railways. About 5 miles south of Spennymoor.

Locomotion: the National Railway Museum

Durham Cathedral and Castle

Attractions Durham Cathedral and Castle - Here you can visit the Tomb of St. Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede. The Castle is now part of the University College but tours take place throughout the day. With the Cathedral, it is still very much an icon of the City and County of Durham. University College, Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW. Tel: 0191 334 4099. www.durhamcastle.org. About 7 miles north of Spennymoor.

Durham Cathedral and Castle

Crook Hall & Gardens

Attractions Crook Hall & Gardens, Frankland Lane, Sidegate, Durham, Uk, DH1 5SZ Tel: 0191 384 8028. A Medieval Manor House surrounded by romantic gardens. All within walking distance of Durham City Centre. Described by Alan Titchmarsh as "a tapestry of colourful blooms". www.crookhallgardens.co.uk. About 7 miles north of Spennymoor.

Crook Hall & Gardens

Spennymoor hotels

Visitor attractions and information - Stockton On Tees

Billingham Beck Valley Country Park

Attractions Billingham Beck Valley Country Park Tel: 01642 360376 Billingham Beck Valley is one of Stockton Borough's most interesting areas of countryside with its colourful meadows, ponds, marsh and woodland. Designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1992, this valuable pocket of countryside has been preserved as a haven for wildlife and a place where people can explore, enjoy and learn about the countryside. About 2 miles north of Stockton On Tees.

Billingham Beck Valley Country Park

Attractions REDCAR RACECOURSE, The Racecourse, Redcar TS10 2BY Tel: 01642 484068. Racing has taken place at Redcar for many years – originally on the sands of Coatham – with the current site and company opening up for business in 1875. www.redcarracing.co.uk. About 15 miles east of Stockton On Tees.

REDCAR RACECOURSE

Attractions Preston Hall Museum, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees. Tel: 01642 781184. The museum is best known for its Victorian Street and its many period rooms, giving a glimpse of domestic life in the area over the years. It has an impressive display of weaponry in its cellars, and also houses Stockton's most famous painting, the Dice Players by Georges de la Tour. Set in 112 acres of parkland, between Stockton and Yarm on A135. About 2 miles south of Stockton On Tees.

Preston Hall Museum

Stockton On Tees hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Willington

AttractionsAuckland Castle, Bishop Auckland Tel: 01388 601627 Historically the principal country residence of the Prince Bishops and now the official home of the Bishop of Durham. It has a magnificent marble and limestone chapel, reputed to be the largest private chapel in Europe, and is located on a promontory overlooking the Rivers Wear and Gaunless. About 5 miles north of Willington.

Auckland Castle

AttractionsBinchester Roman Fort, Bishop Auckland Tel: 01388 663089
Binchester was the largest Roman fort in County Durham. A small part has been excavated and is open to view. Most of the fort and the remains of the nearby civilian settlement still lie buried in the surrounding fields. Car parking is available on site or the fort is a 20-minute walk along the banks of the River Wear from Bishop Auckland Market Place.
About 3 miles south of Willington.

Binchester Roman Fort

Attractions Sedgefield Racecourse, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 2HW Tel: 01740 621925 Hosting 20 Jump race meetings and spanning 11 months of the year, Sedgefield Racecourse is one of Britain’s most popular racecourses. About 15 miles east of Willington.

Sedgefield Racecourse

Locomotion: the National Railway Museum

AttractionsLocomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon, Shildon Tel: 01388 777999 Locomotion is an £11 million project, a joint venture between Sedgefield Borough Council and the National Railway Museum at York. It opened in Shildon in September 2004 and links with the existing Timothy Hackworth Museum. The new Museum houses in excess of 60 exhibits and provides an opportunity to view the history of the railways. About 8 miles south of Willington.

Locomotion: the National Railway Museum

Durham Cathedral and Castle

Attractions Durham Cathedral and Castle - Here you can visit the Tomb of St. Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede. The Castle is now part of the University College but tours take place throughout the day. With the Cathedral, it is still very much an icon of the City and County of Durham. University College, Durham Castle, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RW. Tel: 0191 334 4099. www.durhamcastle.org. About 7 miles northeast of Willington.

Durham Cathedral and Castle

 Crook Hall & Gardens

Attractions Crook Hall & Gardens, Frankland Lane, Sidegate, Durham, Uk, DH1 5SZ Tel: 0191 384 8028. A Medieval Manor House surrounded by romantic gardens. All within walking distance of Durham City Centre. Described by Alan Titchmarsh as "a tapestry of colourful blooms". www.crookhallgardens.co.uk. About 6 miles northeast of Willington.

 Crook Hall & Gardens

Willington hotels

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