This dramatic medieval castle, set within a deer park, has a lovely walled garden, fine furniture and fantastic art collection.
Visit the Castle website
What makes it special
- One of the best-preserved medieval castles in North East England
- Explore the park and amble around the ponds
- Woodland Adventure Playground for children
The Castle (11:00 to 16:30)
March – open weekends
April to June – Wednesday to Sunday
July & August – Tuesday to Sunday
September – Wednesday to Sunday
Open Bank Holidays
March to September - Daily - from 10:00
The Park and Cafe
Daily - from 10:00
Castle Ticket (includes Park & Gardens)
Adult - £12.00
Concession - £11.00
5–15 years - £6.00
Under 5s - Free
Family (2+3) - £35.00
Park & Walled Gardens Ticket
Adult - £7.00
Concession - £6.00
5–15 years - £3.00
Under 5s - Free
Family (2+3) - £18.00
Stables Cafe, Stables Shop & Woodland Play Area
Free of charge
Other things to do nearby
This fortress has stunning views over the Tees Gorge. Don't miss the sensory garden of scented plants and tactile objects. Visit the English Heritage website
The greatest collections of European Fine and Decorative Arts in the North of England - a great day out for all of the family. Visit the Museum website
A fantastic base for walks, the centre provides information and displays on the landscape, wildlife and people of Upper Teesdale. Within walking distance of both High Force Waterfall and
Howns Gill Quarry is the close by on the southern side of Consett, and offers a large sandstone quarry, 25 metres in places. A bit further south is Stanhope Dene Millstalk (sandstone)
We're just off the Coast to Coast cycle Route.
The hostel is close to the Coast to Coast cycling route. Local roads offer great cycling for all abilities for anyone who wants to enjoy stunning views over the North Pennines landscape. see
Discover this Norman castle’s fascinating past before taking a peaceful stroll round the secluded Cockpit Garden.
The Pennine Way in on the hostel's doorstep, with two of the best stretches of the route in the area up to High Cup Nick.
Hire a bike at Hamsterley Forest, about 20 miles away, and explore the graded trails including serious levels of descent and lovely family routes through the tranquil woods.
Kingsway Adventure Centre, six miles away, offers guided tuition in a range of outdoor activities. YHA Langdon Beck is right by the River Tees, with a variety of paddling from beginner sites to
Four acres of garden full of surprises with winding paths, borders, organic vegetables and fell views - a truly magical place. Visit the Garden website
The Derwent Valley, one of the Durham Dales, is sometimes overlooked. Visit the man-made lake - lovely for sailing and fishing. Visit the Northumbrian Water web page
Follow the 7.7 mile Edmundbyers Lead Mining Trail through the Burnhope Valley. Explore the moorland and delightful river valleys of County Durham.
15 miles from Edmundbyers, Hamsterley Forest offers something for everyone.
High Force waterfall suddenly and spectacularly drops 70ft into a plunge pool, making it England's highest uninterrupted drop of water. Park at the nearby car park, also on a bus route, and walk
The area is full of striking landscapes to explore. The traditional limestone barns and wildflower meadows contrast with the rugged beauty of the old mine workings.