Explore the Beautiful Derwent Valley and County Durham

Attractions close to Derwent Manor include Beamish Open Air Museum, Diggerland, Derwent Reservoir, the delightful market town of Hexham, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Barnard Castle and Corbridge Roman site. Just a walk or drive through the stunning Northumberland countryside can prove to be a most rewarding experience and the Derwent Manor has chosen this beautiful part of England as its home.

For those who wish to sample something a little more energetic, the hotel boasts its own state of the art Leisure Club or you could take a trip to Kielder Water for activities on Europe’s largest man-made lake.

Get Outdoors


Allensford Park

A short 10 minute stroll from our door is the 14 acre Allensford Park. Enjoy a picnic, splash in the river or take a walk through the beautiful woodland.


Derwent Reservoir & Pow Hill Country Park

Discover the wildlife and history of Derwent Reservoir along the multi user trail while taking in the breathtaking views of the reservoir. The walk is easy, comfortable walking and is suitable for cyclists, walkers, wheelchairs and pushchairs.


Durham Botanic Gardens

Durham University's 10 hectare Botanic Garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham city. The garden offers a wide variety of landscapes and glasshouses to explore and discover.

Great for Kids


Hall Hill Farm

The award-winning Hall Hill Farm is just 12 minutes drive from Derwent Manor. Set in over 700 acres, it's packed full of cute animals, adventure playgrounds and activities for kids and grown-ups to enjoy.



Diggerland is the ultimate adventure theme park experience, where children and adults alike can ride, drive and operate REAL diggers, dumpers and other full- size construction machinery.


Jumbo Jungle

Over 11000 sq ft of non-stop fun and games, all under one roof! There's something to keep both the adults and children of all ages happy for hours.



Prince Bishops Shopping Centre

The Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, located right in the heart of Durham, remains the city's premier shopping venue. With over 40 leading retailers, including: H&M, Next, Monsoon, Fat Face, New Look, Boots and Superdrug, Pandora and Clarks, along with a range of unique boutiques, this open air shopping centre is a key part of any visit to the city.


Durham Markets

Durham Markets is definitely more than just a market. The Market Hall is where history and tradition meet contemporary retail. Home to 40 independent traders, it’s a shopping experience. Look out for the weekly outdoor markets and monthly Farmers & Producers markets.


Shop Local

There's a great range of local shops, boutiques and cafes in the area to visit. Nearby Shotley Bridge and Stanhope offer a range stores from clothing to family-fun bakeries and coffee shops.

History & Heritage



Visit the nation's favourite open-air museum and discover what life was like in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s. Visit the sweet shop in town, explore the farms and mining village and travel on trams.


Durham Cathedral

A World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral is one of Europe's finest Romanesque cathedrals, perching high on the wooded peninsula of Durham City overlooking the River Wear. Built as the Shrine of St Cuthbert and also the burial place of the Venerable Bede, Durham Cathedral is unforgettably part of the cultural and religious history of the North East of England. Admire the ground-breaking Norman architecture, relax in the serene Cloisters, or enjoy spotting the parts of the cathedral used in blockbuster films including Harry Potter and Avengers: Endgame.


Weardale Railway

The Weardale Railway is an 18 mile heritage line which runs from a connection with the main railway network at Bishop Auckland in County Durham to Eastgate in the Weardale Area of Outstanding Beauty.

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