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Whether you’re looking for a peaceful stroll through the countryside, want to dip your toes in the sea or are seeking out fun for the whole family, the north east has it all.

Embrace nature…

High Force Waterfall

33 miles from Rockliffe Hall

High Force Waterfall is a breathtaking natural wonder located in Teesdale. The waterfall itself is formed by the River Tees as it plunges over a rocky outcrop, creating a magnificent cascade that drops almost 70 feet into a pool below. There are several vantage points from which visitors can admire the waterfall. The most popular is a viewing platform located on the opposite bank of the river, which provides a clear view of the waterfall and the surrounding countryside.
Another popular viewpoint is located at the bottom of the falls, which can be reached via a steep and winding footpath.

From here, visitors can feel the spray of the water on their faces and witness the full force of the waterfall up close. In addition to the waterfall itself, the surrounding countryside is also a draw for visitors. The area is known for its stunning scenery, with rolling hills, lush meadows, and rugged moorland providing a picturesque backdrop to the waterfall. There are several walking trails in the area, ranging from easy strolls to more challenging hikes, that allow visitors to explore the surrounding countryside and take in the beauty of the region.

Visitors to High Force Waterfall can also learn about the area's history and wildlife at the nearby High Force Hotel and Visitor Centre. Here, visitors can find exhibits about the geology, flora, and fauna of the area, as well as information about the history of the waterfall and its surroundings.

Roseberry Topping

24 miles from Rockliffe Hall

This distinctive hill in the North York Moors National Park is one of the most iconic landmarks in the region. What sets Roseberry Topping apart is its instantly recognisable silhouette. This unique shape has made it a beloved symbol of the North Yorkshire landscape and a favourite subject for local artists and photographers, as well as being a popular destination for walkers and hikers.

The climb to the top is relatively short but very steep. It's a challenging trek, but well worth the effort for the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. On a clear day, you can see as far as the North Sea and the Pennines. It’s a must-visit for any outdoor enthusiast.

Hamsterley Forest

23 miles from Rockliffe Hall

Hamsterley Forest is a beautiful and expansive woodland with an abundance of family-friendly fun to be had. The forest is a popular destination for walkers, hikers, and mountain bikers, with over 33 miles of trails to explore. The trails vary in difficulty, from easy going walks to challenging mountain bike routes, making it a great destination for all ages and skill levels. As well as its fabulous range of outdoor activities, Hamsterley Forest is also home to a range of wildlife, including red squirrels, roe deer, and birds of prey. Visitors can explore the forest on their own or take part in guided walks and nature tours to learn more about the local flora and fauna.

The forest also features several picnic areas, a café, and a visitor centre that offers information about the history and ecology of the forest. From wildlife watching to stargazing, and adventure play for the whole family, there is something to keep everyone busy.

A little culture

Beamish Museum

34 miles from Rockliffe Hall

Beamish Museum is an award-winning open-air museum located just a short journey away from Rockliffe Hall. It is dedicated to preserving the history of life in the North East of England during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum spans over 300 acres of land and features a wide range of exhibits, including reconstructed buildings, vehicles, and artefacts from the period. Visitors to Beamish Museum can step back in time and experience life as it was in the North East of England during this time in history by exploring the traditional 1900s town, complete with shops, houses, and a pub, a working farm, a colliery village, and a tramway.

One of the highlights of the museum is the opportunity to ride on a range of historic transportation, including trams, buses, and steam trains. Visitors can also watch live demonstrations of traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, glassblowing, and pottery. Throughout the year, Beamish Museum hosts a range of special events, including traditional fairs, festivals, and celebrations, providing visitors with an immersive and interactive experience of life in the North East during the period.

Bowes Museum

19 miles from Rockliffe Hall

Bowes Museum is a stunning and iconic museum located in Barnard Castle. This cultural hotspot boasts an extensive collection of art, paintings, sculptures, furniture, ceramics, textiles, costumes and more. With an abundance of activities and events throughout the year, it makes for a great day out for couples, friends and families alike. In addition to its permanent collection, Bowes Museum also hosts a range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing a wide range of art and cultural exhibits from around the world.

More than just a museum, visitors can make a day of it with fabulous food, gorgeous gifts and beautiful woodland walks, nature trails, play and picnic areas all to be explored. With wonders at every turn there’s something for everyone.

By the seaside

Saltburn by the Sea

32 miles from Rockliffe Hall

From Northumberland right the way up to North Yorkshire, our region is home to some of the most stunning beaches. Best known for its long stretch of golden sand, rugged cliffs, and iconic Victorian pier, Saltburn-by-the-Sea beach is a picturesque and popular destination for all who visit. The beach is a great destination for families, with plenty of amenities and activities available. There are cafes, restaurants, and shops located along the seafront, as well as several play areas and a miniature railway.
A highlight of Saltburn-by-the-Sea beach is the iconic cliff lift, which takes visitors from the town to the beach below. The lift is a unique and historic attraction that dates back to the late 19th century and offers stunning views of the coastline. In addition to its natural beauty, Saltburn-by-the-Sea beach is also home to a range of wildlife, including seabirds and seals. The beach is part of a designated conservation area, and visitors are encouraged to help protect and preserve the local environment. A trip to Saltburn-by-the-Sea promises more than just a day at the beach. Its beautiful scenery, Victorian architecture, and range of amenities make it a must-visit destination.

Crimdon Dene Beach

32 miles from Rockliffe Hall

This hidden gem located near Hartlepool is best known for its rugged cliffs, golden sands, clear waters, and stunning views of the North Sea. It’s a popular destination for walkers, hikers, and nature lovers with ample opportunities to partake in a range of activities, including swimming, surfing, and fishing.

The clear waters are home to a variety of fish species, making it a great spot for angling enthusiasts.
Nature watchers are in for a treat as this peaceful location is home to a range of wildlife, including seabirds and seals, and is part of a designated conservation area. Visitors are encouraged to help protect and preserve the local environment by following responsible tourism practices. With several walking trails that take you through the surrounding countryside combined with its secluded and peaceful location, Crimdon Dene Beach makes for the perfect destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle and connect with nature.

For all the family

Hopetown Darlington - opening summer 2024 

6 miles from Rockliffe Hall

The north of England’s newest attraction, connecting visitors with Darlington’s pioneering railway heritage.

The museum, originally called North Road Station Museum, sits on the site of the Grade II listed original North Road station built in 1842. After securing £35 million of funding, between 2022 and 2024 the museum, and surrounding heritage buildings, were transformed into a brand new visitor attraction, Hopetown Darlington. The name takes inspiration from the old Hopetown foundry works associated with the railways.

The classic features from the museum are joined by ground-breaking new attractions spread over a 7.5 acre site and incorporating other heritage railway buildings showcasing Darlington's innovative history.

Raby Castle - Plotters Forest

16 miles from Rockliffe Hall

Plotters Forest is an adventure playground at Raby Castle which offers an exciting play experience for all ages with a mix of challenge, discovery and intrigue. Enter the playground via a towering gateway and disappear into the thick woodland to explore. There are ground-level forest trails, the chance to climb up to high walkways and towers.

Enjoy outdoor musical instruments, matching pairs on the giant memory game, strike a ‘Plotters’ Portrait’ pose and have fun with the spinning signposts. There is also a dedicated toddler area with mini turrets, climbing equipment, slides and a chalkboard for drawing ‘secret squiggles’.

Hall Hill Farm

29 miles from Rockliffe Hall

Hall Hill Farm is a working farm and popular tourist destination for families. The farm is home to a wide range of farm animals, including cows, pigs, goats, sheep, and chickens, as well as a variety of exotic animals and birds. As well as meeting the animals, the farm offers a range of activities for visitors, including animal feeding sessions, tractor rides, and pony rides and more.


Ideal for families with young children, the farm is equipped with extensive play areas and tons of fun. From a bouncy pillow and crazy golf to sledges, jeep safaris and an adventure playground, there’s so much to explore. It’s a fun and educational destination that offers something for everyone.

Book a summer stay at Rockliffe Hall and enjoy five star luxury as well as endless adventures in the surrounding area.

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Abigail Smith Awarded North East Young Chef of the Year

Congratulations to Abigail Smith, Commis Chef at Rockliffe Hall's Orangery restaurant, who has been named 'North East Young Chef of the Year' for 2024.

Chef James Close to Launch Summer Residency at Rockliffe Hall

James Close, will open a brand-new summer residency at Rockliffe Hall from 13th June 2024. TERRA will welcome guests with an ingredient-led menu and relaxed experience for dinner that brings the best of land and sea, from near and far.

Rockliffe Hall shortlisted for VisitEngland’s Large Hotel of the Year

Rockliffe Hall has been named as a finalist in the Large Hotel of the Year category at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence for the second year running.

The winners of this prestigious tourism accolade will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on Wednesday 5th June at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool.