Places to Visit


With so many different areas each offering new sights, sounds and experiences, you’ll be amazed at how much is on offer whatever your tastes. World-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture.

Locomotion; The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Locomotion was the first national museum to be built in the North East and opened in 2004. Sited at Shildon, the home of the first ever steam hauled passenger train which operated during the opening ceremony of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825.

North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a stunning landscape of sweeping moorland views, cascading waterfalls, colourful hay meadows, vibrant communities and spectacular wildlife.

Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle offers a host of family-run shops, some excellent pubs and the medieval ruins of the 12th Century Castle so there is plenty to do for families on a day out.