Whether you're seeking fun, fresh air or history, Weardale and the surrounding area has a lot to offer

Cromer House Barn provides a perfect base for visiting the nearby historic city of Durham and pretty market towns of Barnard Castle and Alston, as well as the many picturesque villages up and down Weardale. You can find more information about places to visit in our stunning landscape on the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and This Is Durham websites.

We're also particularly well situated for visiting places in the wider North East region, including the market town of Hexham and nearby Hadrian's Wall, Newcastle with its excellent shopping and cultural venues (Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, The Sage Gateshead, Tyneside Cinema), Alnwick Garden which boasts the world's largest tree house, Holy Island with its stunning Lindesfarne Castle, and the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed with its huge swan colony, as well the wonderful medieval Raby Castle, Kielder Water, the enchanting gardens, woodland and Victorian house of Lord Armstrong at Cragside (the first house to be lit by hydro-electricity and recently featured on BBC's Britain's Hidden Heritage) and the beautiful Northumberland coast at Druridge Bay or Bamburgh.

In Weardale you'll also find: 

Killhope Mine: The North of England Lead Mining Museum 

Cromer House Camping Barn, an accredited Bunkhouse in Weardale, is the perfect self-catering base for visiting the award winning Killhope Lead Mining Museum

There's lots to do at this award-winning attraction, including an underground tour, seeing how the miners lived and worked, and walks in the surrounding woodland, where you may be lucky enough to spot a red squirrel.

The Weardale Museum: Preserving Weardale's Heritage
Run by volunteers, this museum tells the story of life in Weardale. It houses various collections, including the Weardale Tapestry, a 16 foot embroidered tapestry in five large panels which tells the history of Weardale from when our geology was formed to the present day.

A panel from the Weardale Tapestry, at the Weardale Museum, within easy reach of Cromer House Camping Barn

Panel 2 of the Weardale Tapestry

Durham Dales Centre: tourist information, tea room, crafts and shopping
The tourist information centre is excellent, plus you can take in a stroll around the craft shops and stop off for a snack, lunch or afternoon tea in the very friendly tea room.

Slightly further afield, but within easy reach and worth a visit are: 

Beamish: The Living Museum of the North 

Beamish Open Air museum, within easy reach of Cromer House Camping Barn

Beamish is an award-winning, open-air, working museum which recreates how the people of North East England lived and worked in the early eighteen and nineteen hundreds.  

The Bowes Museum: A Collection of Treasures
Well worth a visit, the museum was founded by John and Josephine Bowes and houses a range of displays, including ceramics, glass and furniture collections, as well as a stylish textiles and dress gallery. The museum is also home to the famous Silver Swan musical automaton.

High Force: one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England
It's about a 30 minute drive to get to High Force which is in neighbouring Teesdale. On the way you can stop off in the picturesque village of Middleton-in-Teesdale, and also take in a visit to Low Force Waterfalls.

The view from the top of High Force

A view not to be missed - looking East from the top of High Force

Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon
Shildon was the birthplace of the modern railway. This project, which opened in 2004, combines the refurbished buildings of the former Timothy Hackworth museum with a huge new collections centre containing several tracks, engines and railway vehicles.

Eggleston Hall Gardens: The Secret Garden of the North
Last but certainly not least, this is one of our favourite local gardens. It's more of a nursery really (and sells good quality plants), but is located in a large walled garden on the hillside below Eggleston village and is a real pleasure to saunter round. There's also a very good tea room in the adjacent Eggleston Hall grounds.