The Weardale Museum


Hotts, Ireshopeburn, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1HD

01388 517433

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Who to Contact :


David Heatherington (01388) 517433

email: [email protected]


When can you visit?


Morning, afternoon, evening in or out of season at a time mutually convenient to yourselves and our guides. We require prior notice for groups of more that 15 during Museum hours.


Where we are - driver information


Our full address is Ireshopeburn, Weardale, Bishop Auckland, County Durham.DL13 1HD


Grid Ref NY 872 385


Where to Park :


Cars park at the rear of the Museum.


A small coach or mini-bus can park outside the museum during non opening hours


Larger coaches can off load and pick up at the Museum door. Museum staff will advise where coaches can park.


Where can you get Refreshments :


The Weardale Museum does not serve refreshments.


Groups may be able to organise a snack or meal:


at the Chatterbox Cafe, St John’s Chapel (01388) 537536


at the Tea Room, St John’s Chapel, (01388) 537210)


   or in association with the Local WI (Women’s Institute)


   or by viewing eating out places in


Toilet facilities  :


We have a single toilet with disabled access. To avoid queues we recommend a toilet stop before visiting the Museum.


Disabled Access :


Group leaders should inform us beforehand of any special needs and we will do our best to provide an enjoyable and worthwhile visit. Two downstairs rooms and the chapel are accessible, the upstairs galleries can be viewed using our ipad and in our big books.   There are a number of chairs sited around the building for elderly visitors to take a rest. The Tapestry is upstairs but one of the panels can be carried downstairs.  


How much does it cost :


Our charge of £3 includes a talk in the chapel.  To avoid queuing it is helpful if payment can be made by cheque to “The Weardale Museum” or if entrance fees have been collected beforehand.


On Arrival


(1) You should plan your visit to last at least 1¼ hours. This allows for a guided talk in the Chapel, viewing of the Museum, toilets, and disembarkation etc. We need to know beforehand the size of the group and your estimated time of arrival/ departure .It is also helpful to know your itinerary so that we can link our talk into other parts of your excursion.


(2) On arrival your group will be met at the Museum door. A formal welcome will be given to the group in the Chapel.


(3) If there are more than 20 in your group it will probably be necessary to split them into two smaller groups (group A and group B) to ensure that your visit is comfortable, informative and enjoyable. Our steward will do this as part of the introduction in the Chapel.


(4) Group A will first visit the Museum. A steward will be available to answer questions but it is mainly a self guided visit.


(5) For your comfort and enjoyment it is best to spread out in the Museum because it is a small four roomed cottage. There are 2 rooms  downstairs and a larger gallery upstairs. Our galleries are explained in plain English but in the Cottage Kitchen room a steward will help to interpret objects. Careful handling is welcomed.


(6) Group B remain in the Chapel -  One of the stewards will provide a talk about the origins of the chapel and the early Methodists, putting it into a national context and linking it to the frequent visits of John Wesley.  


(7) After about half an hour or halfway through the visit Groups A and B will change places.


Our Museum specialises in visits by groups with members who are mainly in their third age e.g. Historical Societies, Adult Education Classes, Church/Chapel and Christian Heritage groups, Holiday Fellowships, U3A, Age Concern, Probus, Ladies Circle, WI, etc.

The Wesley Historic Society visit Weardale Museum

Visit as a Group   to see our Folk Museum, Tapestry & Historic Chapel - all in one place - What more could you want ?