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Stanley - a slice of north eastern nostalgia

The town of Stanley, located in the hills of picturesque County Durham, is a great base for exploring the north-east, with Durham, Newcastle and Gateshead all within easy reach, as well as the rugged north-east coast. Adventurous types might want to tackle part of the C2C cycle route which passes by Stanley on its way to the coast, while culture vultures are catered for at Washington Arts Centre which offers art, comedy, music, film and theatre.

Family adventure awaits at Beamish Wild

There's so much for young thrillseekers at Beamish Wild, the only problem will be fitting it all in. With over 20 activities to choose from, including archery and orienteering, the staff are on hand to tailor your day to make it perfect. For older kids, a 2 hour epic journey through the trees is in store on the High Ropes Course, with zip wires, rope bridges and swinging tires. And after all this, the Stables Pub and Restaurant offers the ideal way to wind down from a busy day.

Travel back in time at the Beamish living museum

The award-winning Beamish open air museum, only 2.5 miles away, is set in 300 acres of countryside, and recreates a vivid picture of Victorian and Edwardian life in the north east. Explore a 1900s town and a 1940s farm, as well as an Edwardian railway station. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Stanley? Travelodge Chester-le-Street hotel is under 5 miles away by car. Travelodge Washington A1(M) Northbound hotel and Travelodge Washington A1(M) Southbound hotel are both only a further half a mile away.