Barn House Mews, 2 Low Green, Gainford, Darlington DL2 3DS
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Local Attractions

There are many local attractions and activities for you in Gainford and Teesdale.  Here are a few suggestions;

Gainford Attractions

The peaceful village of Gainford with its glorious Green and magical river scenery makes the perfect choice for a relaxing holiday.

The Green

The Green is the perfect spot for an evening stroll, childrens' play or a quiet rest on one of the benches. It is bordered by cottages of Teesdale stone, Georgian town houses, an impressive 18th century vicarage, the Church, some modern houses for contrast , the village cross, the Cross Keys Pub and the Acacemy Theatre, a former school where Stan Laurel was educated.

St Mary's Church

The 13th century Norman church on the banks of the Tees, partly buit with stones from the Piercebridge Roman fort is open daily to the public.

River Tees

A beautiful stretch of the River Tees with a footpath (part of the Teesdale Way) popular with walkers, ramblers, dog walkers, fishermen and families. There is a viewing platform with an interesting sundial where you can stand to use your own shadow to tell the time

Gainford Spa

A sulphur spring on the banks of the Tees, reached by a riverside path, part of the Teesdale Way, known for its bluebells,. Although the water smells terrible, it makes an excellent cup of tea, try it! A recent addition is a sculpture from the Teesdale Waymarker series

Gainford Hall

An imposing Jacobean builing with a medieval dovecote in the grounds.

Cross Keys Pub

The Cross Keys Pub

A friendly traditional pub with good beer, dogs welcome. Nice to sit outside looking over the Green on Summer evenings

Local Amenities

Gainford also has also a fish and chip shop, a post office, a hairdresser, a well-stocked corner shop and an excellent butcher. A regular bus route between Darlington and Middleton-in-Teesdale passes through the village

Further Afield

Barn House Mews, Gainford makes an ideal centre for visiting the Teesdale and the other Northern Dales, the Lakes, Hadrian's Wall, the World Heritage Centres at Durham and Fountains Abbey, York. the magnificent Durham Heritage Coast,and he Yorkshire Dales, Moors and Coast.

Barnard Castle

The Norrman castle, the iconic Bowes Museum, the wooded walks along the river on the route of the Teesdale Way, the fascinating antique shops, independent traders and cafes, the Farmers Market and the weekly market on the cobbles all add to the charm of this historic Teesdale market town.

The Bowes Museum

Just 8 miles from Barn House Mews, an imposing French chateau in the North of England founded in 1869 by John and Josephine Bowes, it houses outstanding collections of European fine arts. There are holiday activities forchildren and the famous clockwork Silver Swan is not to be missed. A gift shop and excellent cafe complete the attractions.


Gainford is the Gateway to Teesdale with its wide-open upland moorland scenery. There are numerous waterfalls. including High Force, the highest in England, many resevoirs, including Cow Green with its unique ice age flora and many villages and pubs worth visiting. Some of the last hay meadows in England can be seenat Hannah's Barn and Meadow. Eggleston Hall Gardens are within easy reach. The remains of the Roman fort and bridge can be seen at Piercebridge are just 3 miles down the road.

And for a new experience, try one of the many designated Dark Skies Discovery Sites.

Raby Castle

600 years old, one of England's finest medieval castles, home of Lord Barnard in the midst of a magnificent deer park and grounds, with a shop, cafe and garden centre, Raby is only 5 miles from Barn House Mews.

Walworth Castle Birds of Prey

Durham's no.1 visitor attraction only 5 miles from Barn House Mews is  a family-run falconry and owl centre with the birds flown daily and the emphasis on fun and education


The Norman keep, the cobbled Market Place lined with small shops, restaurants and cafes, the Station complex with a 3-schreen cinema bistro, shops and art exhibitions, the Georgian theatre offering tours and live performances and the Green Howards Museum all combine to make Rrichmond a unique town to visit.


Wild and beautiful moorland scenery and attractions such as Kilhope Mining Museum, Parkhead Station Dark Sky Discovery Site are well worth a visit. Bishop Auckland with Auckland Castle (closed for renovation until 2018) although the Deer Park is still open make a further attraction  Binchester Roman Fort is just outside.

Beamish , the North of England Open Air Museum

The world famous open air museum, a full day is required!


The nearby town of Darlington offers opportunities for shopping in the the Victorian covered market and independent shops  excercise in the Dolphin Sports Centre, entertainment in the the newly renovated Edwardian Hippodrome Theatre, the modern multiplex Vue Cinema and numerous lively pubs and clubs.

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Barn House Mews gives plenty of opportunities for sport  and other activities.


Good trout and coarse fishing, permits from Gainford Post Office


Barn House Mews is close to the Pennine Way and is directly on the route of the Teesdale Way, it literally passes the front door.

There are also many pleasant shorter river and country walks all around Gainford



With a secure lock-up, washing and  drying facilities, an outside tap with hosepipe and breakfast available on request make Barn House Mews s an ideal stay for cyclists .

On the route of the W2W, and close to Hamsterly Forest with its Cycle Skills Centre and the C2C Cycle Route.

Farm Shops

Piercebridge Organic Farm Shop in the centre of the village with cosy teashop providing fresh home cooking

Medieval Ulnaby on the site of a lost village with a farm and gift shop, cafe, kiddies corner and tractor rides

Cross Lanes Organic Farm on the A66 "organic, local and green", featuring a grass roof where sheep graze, a cafe, an excellent gift shop and deli.

Langthornes Buffalo Produce, Northallerton provide speciality meat products and a cafe which among other things provides huge, delicious Sunday lunches.  You will find the buffalo herd extremely photogenic

Spas, Wellness

The Treatment Rooms, Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas provides a handpicked selection of holistic treatments in beatiful surroundings in the North Yorkshire countryside.

Headlam Hall Spa is a place to relax, excercise and enjoy the spa therapy, the swimming pool. gym and sauna. It has its own brasserie cafe.

The Magnolia Tree Holistic Therapy Room, Gainford provides reflexology and aromatherapy treatments, massage and holistic facials.


Head of Steam, the Darlington Railway Museum and Centre, situated on the original route of the 1825 Stockton/Darlington railway line

Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon, a great day out for railway enthusiasts and children alike


An epic tale of 2000 years of English history shown in a spectacular outdoor performance at Eleven Arches, Bishop Auckland with Auckland Castle as a backdrop.

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There are plenty of opportunities to sample good food in thr neighbourhood of Barn House Mews. These are just a few.

Archers Ice Cream Parlour at New Moor Farm

Only 6 miles from Barn House Mews, they have fresh ice cream from their own Jersey herd, perfect for family outings, with calves and chickens, permissive walks  and a children's play area.  visit website

The Black Horse, Ingleton

Good food, interesting drinks, family friendly, the Sunday lunch is highly recommended.   visit website

The Bridgewater Arms, Winston

Seafood a speciality! In former school house.   visit website

The Coach House, Middleton Tyas

In a beautifully converted Georgian stable block with perfect food, perfectly served.  visit website

The Fox Hole, Piercebridge

Good food in quirky modern surroundings, dogs welcome.   visit website

Headlam Hall

Delicious, locally-sourced food in the beautiful surroundings of a Jacobean manor house.   visit website

The Raby Hunt, Summerhouse

The 2 Michelin stars say it all! Visit Website