Weardale Museum


Weardale Museum, on the A689, Ireshopeburn DL13 1HD

Contact Information

Phone: 07990 786220

Email: [email protected]

Website: Weardale Museum

Allow plenty of time for your visit, as this truly is a BIG little museum packing a huge punch with far more inside than you could ever imagine. It really is worth the visit.

The miners’ kitchen is a veritable treasure trove of objects to explore and handle and children can explore with a range of activities. The Wesley Room acknowledges the heritage of this religion in the Dale and the role of John Wesley who visited 13 times and preached in the adjoining High House Chapel. In this room you will also find information about the ongoing Methodist Tapestries Project.

The Chapel, built in 1760 is now owned by the Museum and is currently closed until extensive repairs are made, enabling it to become part of a new Museum and Heritage Centre.

Upstairs is the beautifully embroidered “Weardale Tapestry” – the history of the Dale in stitches. The Museum also has a fine range of minerals, displays on quarrying and mining, military history, information on railways as well as archaeological artefacts from the area..

For those researching their Weardale ancestors exploring the Museum’s vast genealogy resources could save months of research elsewhere as their unique database ‘Weardale People’ has details on over 75,000 individuals.

On sale you will find books on local history, prints of local scenes, tapestry memorabilia, greetings cards and much more

The website has up to date information on special exhibitions and events.

The Museum has been deservedly awarded an “Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer Run Museum” by the Arts Council.

Small admission fee