Crook Tourist Information

One of County Durham’s smallest market towns, Crook is situated just a few miles off the River Wear and ten miles from the bustling Durham City, providing the ideal combination between the serenity of the countryside and the convenience of being located close to a major town.

The town itself presents a variety of local specialist shops that will cater to your every need on a self-catering holiday, and the attractive Market Place Green holds regular markets every Tuesday and Saturday, which offer a unique taste of Crook’s local culture.

Constructed in 1919, Crook Golf Club, with its naturally undulating fairways and greens, presents a challenge to all avid golfers visiting the region, and other walking, hiking, cycling and horse-riding activities are readily available in the area.

For the tourist intrigued by military history, the village of Harperley near Crook presents the rare opportunity to visit a genuine purpose-built Prisoner Of War camp, once holding over nine hundred German prisoners during World War II. With eighty-five percent of the camp’s original features still standing, the Low Harperley Prisoner of War Camp is being converted into a museum reflecting the experiences of locals, prisoners and officers alike during the time of war.

Also nearby in the hamlet of Howden-le-Wear is the New Victoria Centre, housing the famed historic Wulitzer Theatre Pipe Organ recently transported from Bradford. Aside from hosting monthly concerts, the centre also welcomes group visits, and is a notable stop for music and history lovers alike.

A popular halfway rest point for travellers journeying from Weardale to the coast since the early 19th century, Crook remains, to this day, a well-favoured tourist destination for visitors seeking the country views and atmosphere whilst maintaining proximity to the major towns.

Interesting fact: Recently celebrating their 120th anniversary, Crook Town Amateur Football Club is one of the most successful of its kind, with five FA Amateur Cup wins before the competition was abolished.

Things to see and do around Crook:

Crook Golf Club
Crook Market Place
Glenholme Leisure Centre
Hole in the Wall Riding School
Howden-le-Wear’s New Victoria Centre
Harperley Village
Low Harperley Prisoner of War Camp
Durham City