Stone cottage is a spacious and cosy home from home, and with a huge variety of games, DVDs and books there is plenty to keep everyone entertained even on those rainy days!
And for those fairer weather days there are so many places to visit and things to see; keep reading to find out more about some of our favourite!...
Raby Castle is only 4 miles away from Stone cottage, it was built in the 14th Century and is surrounded by 200 acres of green parkland. You can explore the park and it's abundance of wildlife, including herds of wild red and fallow deer. There is 5 acres of traditional 18th century ornamental walled gardens, and a fabulous woodland adventure playground! For the energetic they offer a bike hire service to get around the park and gardens. Well behaved dogs are welcome everywhere except for the Castle itself (unless assistance dogs), and they must be kept on leads.
Opening times & prices:
The Castle opens at 11am, and closes at 4:30pm. Last admission is 4pm.
March – open weekends
April - June – open Wed - Sun
July & August – open Tue - Sun
September – open Wed - Sun
Open Bank Holidays
The park is open daily, from 10am.
The walled gardens are open daily from March to October, from 10am.
The stables cafe, shop & woodland play area are open daily, from 10am.
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
Under 5s – Free
Family (2+3) – £18.00
Stables Cafe, Stables Shop & Woodland Play Area
Free of charge
Bike hire is available for visitors to the Park. Hire costs are £7 for adults and £5 for children. Family tickets are available for £20 (2+2) and £24 (2+3). Helmets can be hired for 50p. Bike trails and a map of the grounds are provided to help you explore. Look out for spectacular views of the castle, our herds of red and fallow deer and an abundance of wildlife.
You can find out a lot more about Raby Castle on their website www.raby.co.uk
High Force is one of the most impressive waterfalls in England and only 18 miles from Stone Cottage. The River Tees has been plunging into this gorge for thousands of years but the rocks it reveals are far more ancient – with origins dating back over 300 million years!
The pretty woodland walk is approximately 1/3 of a mile, with several resting points along the way. It is a gently sloping gravel path. As you begin the descent down the gentle slope the well maintained path twists and turns giving a different view every few yards. The muffled rumble suddenly turns to a roar and the sight astounds you.
Dogs are very welcome along all of the footpaths but to protect the sensitive plants and wildlife, please keep dogs on a lead during your visit. Be especially careful with dogs around the car park area, not only for the safety of your dog but also to protect livestock in adjoining fields.
Baby Changing Available
Disabled Toilets Available
Parking Available On-site
Easter - October
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
November - Easter
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Adults (16+): £1.50
Kids (5-15): £0.50
You can find a lot more information about High Force Waterfall allowing you to plan your day on their website,
Killhope is a multi-award winning 19th century mining museum in the centre of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and within an hours drive of Stone Cottage it is a fantastic family day out!
Take a guided tour and learn the history of this amazing victorian lead mine; Explore the beautiful landscape and see which of the wonderful wildlife species you can spot; Relax after a fun packed day in the refurbished cafe and pay a visit to the Killhope shop to complete a fabulous family day out!
Opening Times & Prices:
We are open every day until Sunday 3 November.
The museum and shop are open 10.30am till 5.00pm.
The café is open 11.00am till 4.00pm.
Adult Day Pass - £9.00
Adult Annual Pass - £13.50
Concession* Day Pass - £6.00
Concession* Annual Pass - £9.00
Under 4s** - £1.00
Family Day Pass (2 adults & 2 child concessions max) - £25.00
Family Annual Pass (2 adults & 2 child concessions max) - £37.00
* Concessions include – children aged 4 – 16, over 60s, students, unemployed and disability allowance.
** Under fours are are unable to go on the mine tour. There’s still lots of other activities for everyone on the site.
Killhope annual passes are valid for 12 months from your first visit for an unlimited number of visits. Charges for activities are additional. Free tickets are only valid on the day of visit.
Dogs are more than welcome but must be kept on the lead and under control while anywhere on site or in the car park.
There are water bowls near the picnic site – plus Killhope burn runs through the site. Dogs can go anywhere on site except into Park Level Mine, the café and the play area.
There is a dog waste bin located in the car park and free degradable ‘doggie’ bags.
You can find out more about the Killhope mine by visiting their website at www.killhope.org.uk
A 40 minute drive from Stone Cottage takes you to the North Easts biggest family adventure park.
With over 50 attractions, activities and shows and three huge indoor play and animal zones, whatever the weather Adventure Valley has it covered.
Open 7 days a week
Summer Hours – From Friday 5th April 2019 until Saturday 9th November 2019
Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 17:00
Friday Term Time (Cafe Italia and Indoor Play town) : 10:00 – 18:00
(outdoor attractions close at 17:00)
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00
Winter Hours – Until Friday 5th April 2019
Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 16:00
Friday Term Time (Cafe Italia and Indoor Play town) : 10:00 – 18:00 (outdoor attractions close at 16:00)
Saturday & Sunday : 10:00 – 17:00 (Outdoor areas close at 16:00)
Winter Season Holidays
Monday – Sunday : 10:00 – 17:00 (Outdoor attractions close at 16:00)
Please Note: Last admission is 1 hour before closing time. (Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day)
You can find out prices and plan your day by visiting their website at www.adventurevalley.co.uk
Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Costumed folk bring to life the Town, Pit Village, Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall.
You can reach Beamish museum within 40 minutes of Stone Cottage and spend the whole day exploring it's different areas, immersing yourself in the history of the North!
Experience firsthand how the Industrial Revolution transformed agricultural life in the region. The buildings you see at Beamish are not replicas, but have been brought, brick by brick, from around the region and rebuilt to give visitors a real sense of history.
Throughout the year Beamish hosts an exciting programme of events, The Great North Festival of Transport, a Georgian Fair, The Great North Festival of Agriculture and much more besides, including a whole season of Christmas!
6th Apr 2019 to 3rd Nov 2019
Open daily, 10am to 5pm. Last admission 4pm.
4th Nov 2019 to 27th Mar 2020
Open daily, 10am to 4pm. Last admission 3pm.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, and Mondays and Fridays from 6th January 2020 to 14th February 2020.
Beamish Unlimited Pass Prices
Pay once and visit for a whole year FREE of charge, including daytime events. Unlimited Tickets are not valid for Evening Events.
Senior (60 years) / Student £14.50
Child (5 – 16 years) £11.50
Family (1 Adult + 2 Children) £36.50
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £51.00
Family (2 Adults + 1 Child) £44.50
Friends of Beamish Membership Prices
Join the Friends of Beamish and you'll get a fantastic package of FREE entry (including daytime events), guidebook and quarterly magazine, plus great discounts and exclusive offers.
Senior Citizen Individual £22.00
Adult Partners (at same address) £45.00
Senior Citizen Partners £35.00
Family (1 Adult + 2 Children) £42.00
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £60.00
Family (2 Adults + 1 Child) £52.00
Young Person (5 – 21 years) £20.00
Gold Individual Membership £50.00
Dogs are very welcome but should be kept on a lead and accompanied at all times.
Dogs are permitted onto the lower deck of trams at the discretion of staff, but are not allowed into any buildings (except the Entrance Building) or into any catering areas. Assistance dogs only are allowed into period buildings and catering areas.
Water bowls are provided around the Museum, as are dog waste bags at the Main Entrance if needed.
Just a short drive from Stone Cottage will lead you to 2000 hectares of mixed scenic woodland lying between the Wear and Tees valleys on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Hamsterley is a delightful oasis of broadleaved and coniferous woodland, sprawling along the sides of a sheltered valley. Visitors to Hamsterley have no shortage of options when it comes to activities.
You can find out more by visiting the Forestry England website, just click here.