With the North Pennines (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) on the doorstep, the Hadrian's Wall Trail and historic market towns of Hexham and Corbridge only 35/40 minutes drive away, and the beautiful cathedral town of Durham just 25/30 minutes away, there really is so much to see and do in the local area. Travel a little further and Durham's Heritage Coast can be found to the east, the Lake District National Park to the west..........we really are in the best place to see everything!
To give an idea of how central Castleneuk Guest House is to many popular areas, have a look at the diagram below:
To help you further, here is some information (and website links) to a few local attractions:
: near Staindrop, Raby is approximately 30 minutes drive from Castleneuk. The home of Lord and Lady Barnard and the seat of the Vane family, the castle, park and gardens are open to the public between April and September each year and is famous for its size and collection of artwork.
: an open air museum near Stanley, approximately 20 minutes drive from Castleneuk, whose guiding principal is to preserve examples of everyday life in the North East of England during the early half of the 20th Century. The museum covers an area of around 350 acres and utilises original, replica and translocated buildings, working vehicles and machinery and costumed staff. A fantastic day out!
, also known as the Shrine of St Cuthbert, is part of the Durham World Heritage Site and dates from 1093. Regarded as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture, the Cathedral is sited on a prominent position above the River Wear in the City of Durham and is a major tourist attraction for the area.
and Chapel is under the ownership of the National Trust and the estate is located in the Derwent Valley, near Burnopfield. Gibside was previously owned by the Bowes-Lyon family and although the main house is now a ruin, the chapel remains in tact. Parts of the estate have been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Being a bit more adventurous, or fancy something just a little different?? Why not hire an electric bike and spend a day (or two!) exploring the Durham Dales and North Pennines under your own steam!! Bikes can be hired from the villages of Edmundbyers and/or Blanchland, which is just a 10/15 minute drive away. Occasionally they may be able to deliver your bike to Castleneuk ready for you to jump on!
For enquiries and further information contact North Pennines Electric Bike Network
(and mention us if you do!).
Need help planning some cycle routes, either to use when you are here or to arrive/depart from here? Try this website - CycleStreets
- allows you to plot a departure postcode and a destination postcode and works out the most scenic and cycle friendly route for you to follow!
Please find below some further links to external websites which we think you may find useful, but if you need any more information or suggestions
for things to do please feel free to get in touch:
For the walkers and cyclists amongst you, again there is so much on offer in the immediate vicinity, and also slightly further afield.
Here are a few links to whet your appetite:
Walkers and Cyclists are more than welcome at Castleneuk. We want to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible and to help with this we have a separate storage area to dry off wet clothes and shoes, and we also have a secure and covered area for bicycles; please ask for more details.
Arriving by public transport? A bus service does link Castleside to Durham and Newcastle via Consett, and buses can also be used to connect to Hexham, Haydon Bridge and Carlisle (via Newcastle). Please see Go North East
for more details.