Peterlee Tourist Information

Founded in the late 1940s, this unique new town was conceived and developed by the community of coal miners around the East Durham district, creating a ‘City of Miners’ that allowed the people from the surrounding villages to live and work in one central location. Naturally, the industrial heritage of the area is still greatly evident in the town’s landscape and community even today.

Recently undergoing several redevelopment projects, Peterlee now is blessed with many wide, open fields and recreational facilities, and is best suited for visitors wanting to benefit from a bustling city atmosphere whilst enjoying the rejuvenating country air.

Lovers of the city life would relish in the large variety of shops and entertainment facilities to be found not only in the town centre but also in Castle Dene Shopping Centre, the main shopping complex in Peterlee, and a selection of pubs selling high-quality local ales or clubs with live music and busy dance floors makes Peterlee’s nightlife equally appealing.

Peterlee’s renowned local attraction, the Apollo Pavilion, designed by artist Victor Pasmore, is a must-see for appreciators of architecture and public art, reflecting the style of public art renowned in the 1960s. Sightseers can then explore the winding paths of Castle Eden Dene, Peterlee’s National Nature Reserve and one of the most expansive semi-natural woodland areas in the North East, enjoying the undisturbed flora and fauna of the forest.

For fans of longer walks, the Durham Coastal Footpath and the thirteen walks proposed by Durham County Council’s ‘Walk Around’ project poses a greater challenge, with beautiful views of the Easington area or Durham’s lovely heritage coast.

Interesting fact: Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve in Peterlee is one of the few rare remaining habitats of the red squirrel in Britain.

Things to see and do around Peterlee:

Apollo Pavilion
Castle Dene Shopping Centre
Castle Eden Dene
Durham Coastal Footpath
Durham Mining Museum Showroom in Thornley
Tweddle Children’s Animal Farm
‘Walk Around’ – Leaflets available at Peterlee Information Centre