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  • Durham Dales Centre.

    A unique venue offering a range of attractions.
  • Tearoom.

    Homemade hot & cold meals, speciality coffees & teas, & irresistible home baking.
  • Gardens.

    Enjoy the view of the 18th century gazebo.
  • Gift Shop & Speciality Crafts.

    Inspiring and varied range of gifts & crafts.
Dales Centre Tearoom


Homemade hot & cold meals, speciality coffees, teas & irresistible home baking.

Dales Centre Gift Shop

Gift Shop & Crafts.

An inspiring & varied range of gifts, jewellery, clothing & cards, along with speciality craft shops to browse.

Dales Centre Visitor Information

Tourist Information.

Knowledgable & friendly staff along with ordnance survey maps, walking & cycling books & local history & geography books.

Everybody should come here!

Everybody should come here !


A family from Wolsingham visited The Weardale Museum this weekend. They had missed the "Images of Weardale" exhibition we did last month at the Dales Centre and came to see the albums that I've made up and placed in the Museum.  The family were Weardale people who had passed by the door many times without visiting and thought like many that the collection would be quite small. They were amazed at what they found, stayed ages taking in all of our displays and vowed to return.


Our family  left a lovely message in the visitors book which I will pass on to others who may think of driving past - "Everybody should come here".  We tend to agree.


Our collection of over 800 local photographs are now lodged in the Museum for visitors to enjoy. But there is much more to see besides the photograhs. Our Weardale Kitchen is a handling collection with lots of interesting bits and pieces to touch and feel. We have a fine collection of crystals and minerals, a dispalywhich depicts and commemorated those who died in The Great War, stories of people who emigrated to find work abroad, a beautiful quilt made by Amy Emms who was awarded an MBE for her services to quilting, the extraordinary Weardale Tapestry - our history in stitches, a huge family history resource of Weardale People. Oh and did I mention Railways, The Weardale Chest, our Virtual Museum on the touch screen.   Then there are the stories of John Wesley and our Methodidty Chapel - the 'oldest' in continuous use .


Help us to keep the history of Weardale alive for those who live here and those who visit.


Open 1.30 - 4.30 every day until the end of August and then Wednesday - Sunday till the end of November.

Contact us.

  • Visit us.
    Durham Dales Centre
    Castle Gardens, Stanhope
    County Durham
    DL13 2FJ

    01388 527650
  • Email us.
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Opening Times.

    • Gift Shop: 1000-1700
    • Durham Dales Kitchen: 0900-1700

The retail units have their own opening times. Please check directly with the individual retailers.