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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.

Durham Dales Gift Shop

The Durham Dales Centre gift shop boasts an inspiring and varied range of quality cards, gifts, jewellery and clothing. Our range constantly changes with trends and seasons, seeing new products being added to the range constantly. 

Opening times: 10am - 5pm

Browse Some of our brands

Here at the Durham Dales Centre we believe in offering you the widest selction of premium brands possible.


*Blue Eyed Sun*

Blue Eyed Sun is an award winning UK greeting card company specialising in handmade and high end design-led greeting cards.  

Founded in 2000, the business now sells to the best gift card shops around the world including Harrods, Paperchase, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Fenwick and Cards Galore as well as many of the top independent retailers across the UK. 

*By The Shed*

By The Shed produces a quirky range of jewellery and accessories inspired by the Great British garden and thoughts of living the "Good Life"

Established in 2013 by designer Charlotte Dowson the company offers a contemporary twist on gardening gift ideas.

Each individually designed item is carefully handcrafted in the North East and we have a good range of items in stock.

 *Pure by Coppercraft*

Pure by Coppercraft is a UK manufacturer of decorative, therapeutic bracelets and jewellery, initially manufacturing in copper and magnetic bracelets for use as alternative medical therapies.

The bracelets continue to use traditional components, such as copper and magnetic hematite beads and semi-precious stones are also incorporated some of the designs.

Weardale Postcards by Magnartism

Local scenery postcards, fridge magnets and coasters.  Photos courtesy of Tom Nattrass.

Best Kept Secrets

Best Kept Secrets Candles and Soaps are handmade in the UK, Morpeth in the heart of Northumberland. 

Using only premium locally sourced supplies and traditional production and hand finishing every product with care and attention.

Otus Designs 

Otus Designs is a collection of hand formed ceramics in rich colours, skillfully hand crafted products with elegant patterns. 

Otus Designs Ltd represents exclusively thirteen artists from the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.  

Robert Fuller Now In Stock

Beautiful Wildlife Cards & Gifts

Robert E Fuller is one of Britain's foremost wildlife artists.  

A recognised authority on wildlife, Robert often appears on television and regularly writes about his wildlife subjects.

Crakel Cards

Crakel Coaster Cards is a unique range of wildlife cards and coasters making a perfect present and card in one. Only launched last year.

The designs of the cards are by local wildlife illustration artist, Jina Gelder. 


Premium quality leatherware from eyecatching Purses, Wrist Bags to Retro Wallets.

Putting the fun into functionality!

Lakeland Childrens Books

Lakeland Childrens Books is a family-run business specialising in children's books, established since 1996 and based in Millom, Cumbria. 

Lakeland Children's Books are bright & colourful. With ranges suitable for all ages and prices to suit all pockets they make ideal gifts!

Abacus Greeting Cards

Abacus is one of the leading greetings companies in the UK. A diverse and imaginative range of greeting cards.

Tie Studio London

Mens Novelity Ties, Socks and Cufflinks and Ladies Scarves.


Northern Heritage Books, Ordanance Survey Maps, Weardale Gazette, Living North and much more.

Creative Space

Welcome to our Creative Space which is home to local craft artists and is located in the Durham Dales Centre Gift Shop. Should you like to hire a space please contact us for more information.

Local craft artisits are:

Just For Women

The ladies from the Be Creative Shop at the Just For Women Centre in Stanley make beautiful handcrafted items from cushions, rag rugs, throws, baby blankets and much more.



Colroy is a local company based at Eastgate. The Walking Stick Grabber is a 2 in 1 walking stick made in Great Britain.  The Colroy Retriver is a stylish, high quality walking stick which incorporates an ingenius and easy to use grabbing mechanism, making the perfect stick for retrieving fallen or out of reach smaller, lightweight objects. 


Lestryne Tweedy 

Lestryne is a director of the Just for Women Centre in Stanley.  Craft is her passion and a theraputic medcine, she also teaches ladies at the centre and enjoy's participating in their craft workshops.  Lestryne makes candles and kopo knitted cowls and mitts.

Carmen Hodgson

 We are now selling a range of hand decorated plant pots and slate pictures and “Just Quirky Things” locally made in the West Auckland area.


Abigail's Treasure Sea Glass Jewellery & Accessories 

Something a little bit different for those special gifts.. handcrafted  Seaglass jewellery and copper wire accessories. Hi my name is Noreen Gormally and I am the maker of Seaglass jewellery for Abigail's Treasure. After attending a workshop and absolutely loving it....I began to tinker on with different ideas usuing the seaglass that me and my daughter had collected from the beach. "Gifts from the sea"... our treasure. I found it helped me relax, reduce my stress and anxiety levels. I enjoyed the whole creativity experience of making individual unique pieces and in time began developing my ideas and skills. After collecting little boxes of made jewellery and receiving lots of encouragement from wonderful friends I gained the courage and confidence to firstly sell them in Cockfield General Store.... then Bradley Burn Farm Shop and now Durham Dales Centre. I loved my first market stall at Bishop Auckland Market with friends so much that I created this page The Creative Collection to help and support each other on our creativity journeys. Each unique piece I make is precious... as it represents those times I've spent with my lovely daughter Abigail.

 'With the sun and the moon and the tides of the sea leaving treasure on the beach for my daughter and me"


handmade by Lolla Mac 

New to the gift shop is Lolla Mac  Distinctive, contemporary jewellery, designed and handcrafted by Lolla using traditional metal-smithing techniques. Lolla aim is to produce simple, yet striking pieces of jewellery suitable for all occasions.

Urban Amulets

One of a kind pieces made out of vintage, found, natural, handmade and repurposed objects. They are mixed-media art charms which are then added to pins, brooches and chains... 


Suzy Bears 

Nostalgic Collection of Suzy Bears, individually made for collectors by Sue Wright.








Contact us.

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

    01388 527650
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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.