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The Weardale Museum
& High House Chapel

Ireshopeburn, Weardale, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, DL13 1HD

“Outstanding Volunteer Run Museum”

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Come to see our our new albums of Old Weardale Photographs


The new displays which we are showing on Ipads

'Beautiful old Wesleyan chapel' 'Supert collection, lovingly put together' 'A wonderful way to present history' 'So much to see in a small place' 'Amazing family history tool'

4 great reasons to visit-

Genealogy resource

Hands on folk museum

Historic Chapel

Weardale Tapestry

Voluntary but not Amateur

The Weardale Museum is a small independent folk museum established by volunteers in 1985 to preserve the heritage of Weardale.

Though entirely voluntary our museum operates to the highest standards.

It has achieved full accreditation from the MLA, a Carnegie Award for excellent interpretation and has been highly commended by Renaissance North East and the Arts Council as an outstanding volunteer run museum.

Charity No. 517100

Visit Weardale an area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty

Weardale is part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a fantastic place to visit. The Museum is a member of the Weardale Visitor Network, a grouping of independent traders who work together to promote Weardale and we fully support the work of the North Pennines AONB Partnership to care for this special landscape.

Use their websites to learn more

Museum News


The Museum is open from May until October 31st.

Read our opening times.

We welcome visits by organised groups at any time in or out of season.

Read more about group visits

Family History research can be carried out by our staff at a distance.

Find out more on our family history page

Outstanding Volunteer Run  Museum  Arts Council for England World War 1

Newly published on CD as a pdf - available from the Weardale Museum


This outstanding piece of research by Weardale’s leading historian has long been out of print but it is now available as a digitally remastered CD with revised text by the author and coloured images. Only £10 + postage.

Click the image (right) to read more.

Weardale_Clearing the Forest_digital.pdf

In partnership with the North Pennines AONB the Weardale Museum has created a new ‘Virtual Museum of the North Pennines’. This is a website museum of up to 100 objects from the North Pennines brought together for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own homes. Some of the objects are from our museum and we hope the virtual museum will inspire you to visit.

Visit npvm website