Tom Hutchinson, originally from Bishop Auckland, has written some 20 books

on the local history of south-west Durham, including a 30,000 word history of

Bishop Auckland. Many of his books are based on his postcard and photographic

collection of the area built up over 35 years. His latest books are Page Bank,

Bishop Auckland Past & Present, Bishop Auckland & District and is co-author

of The Weardale Railway: Rebirth of a Heritage Line.


Here at the Durham Dales Centre we welcome thousands of visitors each year. Take a look below at some of our lovely feedback.

Nice little gift shops and a great cafe have a nice all day breakfast and some great Sunday dinners all at a good price!


Plenty of parking, nice shops and café very good food. We used the centre as a base for a walk around the quarry then back for food.


The staff are always pleasant and helpful (even when run off their feet). The menu has a good selection and the food is homemade, would recommend the mince pie with all the trimmings.