The historic market town of Stanhope in County Durham is situated on the river Wear on the north side of Weardale.
Stanhope is the current terminus of the Weardale Railway with Heritage trains run regularly to Frosterley and Wolsingham. The town is also home to an outdoor heated swimming pool, one of only two in the North east of England.
The famous Stanhope Agricultural Show is held each year as it has been since 1834 on the second weekend of September.
The Durham Dales Centre offers a variety of facilities for locals and visitors alike including tea rooms, a tourist information centre, craft shops conference facilities and business units.
At the church of St Thomas in the village market place you can find the Fossil tree, discovered at a nearby quarry, it is a petrified tree stump dating back millions of years. The village has a variety of shops, hotels, pubs, B&B’s, and camping and Bunkhouse facilities are also available.