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Things to Do Around Piercebridge

Think about ancient Roman ruins, picturesque country views, and gorgeous ivy-covered restaurants. Basing your cottage getaway in Piercebridge positions you in one of the finest areas for exploring the rich scenery and heritage sites that County Durham has to offer. Just outside of North Yorkshire, you are in the perfect location to dabble between the two highly-desired areas. Focusing more on County Durham, we have lots of places to check out whilst you are holidaying with us. Find below our favourite things to get up to…

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The Fox Hole Pub

One of the best pubs and places to eat in Piercebridge, The Fox Hole is not to be missed. Not only is the interior stylishly cosy with its leather booths, luxurious wooden decor, and pub garden, but the food and drink are also excellent. Enjoy local hand-pulled beers, organic wine, and quality dishes.

Drop by The Fox Hole for drinks before heading back to your holiday home, or treat yourself to dinner here, and enjoy the atmosphere of a stylish and hearty pub. On Sundays, treat yourself to a Yorkshire Sunday Lunch here, which will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Piercebridge Roman Fort

Situated along the banks of the River Tees, the Piercebridge Roman Fort is one of the most historic places in County Durham. Romans positioned themselves at the fort from around 70 AD until at least the 5th century. As such, visit and take a fascinating look into the Roman history of Piercebridge along with a stroll through the remnants that still remain today. Then, along with the fort, you can also see the remainder of the Piercebridge Roman Bridge that once crossed the river.

This is a great place to drop by for a few hours, stepping back in time. Then spend the rest of your day venturing to a number of shops nearby.

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The Raby Hunt

Flaunting a global tasting menu and two Michelin stars in an elegant dining room, The Raby Hunt is the place for a superbly romantic dinner for two. It’s located in a gorgeous ivy-covered building with perfectionist chef James Close preparing an ever-rotating menu. It is certain to help complete your romantic cottage getaway in the English countryside.

Take a trip around the world without having to leave the UK. With the dishes on offer, you feel as though you and your loved one have been transported to various different cultures with the wide pallets James Close has prepared.

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Piercebridge Farm Shop

Sweeping with local organic products, the Piercebridge Farm Shop is a must-stop spot. It boasts a 300-acre farm with local livestock produce from dairy to beef as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, and an onsite cafe serving up fresh tea, coffee, and meals daily.

We recommend stocking up on some high quality groceries before returning to your romantic cottage getaway! Nothing beats a home-cooked meal made with love.

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Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Located near the market town of Barnard Castle, lies a beautiful 19th-century building that houses significant collections of fine and decorative arts. The Bowes Museum is unique in the way that it was purpose-built to fulfill the dreams of John Bowes’ French wife Josephine. A story of love, as well as a collection of beautiful art, fashion, textiles, silver and more.

Barnard Castle has plenty to offer. Spend a day here, and find yourself coming back again to do even more. Only a 15-minute drive from The Barn, it makes a great day out for family and friends.

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Visit nearby Darlington for food & drink

Much larger than Piercebridge, and just a short drive away, Darlington offers numerous lovely restaurants, pubs, and atmospheric bars in the heart of the Borough. During the day, visit Echo 3 Coffee House & Roastery for the best coffee in Darlington, and hop over to The Juniper Tree for fantastic cocktails in the evening. Easily, the town is one of the best places to visit around Piercebridge.

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Trip to Bishop Auckland to see Kynren

One of England’s best open-air spectacles, the live action Kynren – An Epic Tale of England is a summer must-see. The show takes you on an immersive adventure through 2,000 years of English history, with myths, legends, battles, celebrations – everything. Running at 90 minutes, expect to be blown away by one of the best shows in the UK.

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Walworth Castle in Darlington

Darlington is home to the medieval, 12th-century Walworth Castle. Now a stylish hotel, the castle’s exterior remains in its same historic shape. Visit to admire its architecture and idyllic garden or even come to start planning a wedding at one of England’s dreamiest venues.


Medieval Ulnaby Farm Shop

Another farm shop selling ethically grown meats and produce, the Medieval Ulnaby Farm Shop is a great place to support around Piercebridge. Its location is one of rustic charm and its interior is full of vibrantly fresh fruits and vegetables along with a local cafe. Find plump scones, light bites, and fluffy cakes. Bonus, dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area. So, keep this in mind if you’re staying at a dog-friendly holiday cottage in the area!

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Archers Ice cream in Walworth

An ice cream parlor set on a cow farm means that you can see exactly where the milk comes from. As such, Archers Ice Cream serves up some of the freshest ice cream in the country. Plus, you can even take a peek at the milking parlor just a stone’s throw away. What is a holiday without an ice cream pit stop anyway?

Enjoy a Stay at The Barn

This five-star family-friendly holiday cottage makes the most idyllic stay for groups seeking a memorable luxury escape. Situated close to Piercebridge, Enjoy panoramic countryside views, private gardens, an outdoor hot tub, spacious bedrooms, bathrooms with with heavenly bathtubs, a well-equipped kitchen and a cosy snug with log burner. This dog-friendly holiday home also has a shared games room on site, perfect for entertaining all ages.

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