Stanley is situated
within 20 minutes drive from the historic city of
Durham and the metropolitan conurbations of
Gateshead and Tyneside. The town lies on the old
Roman road from Lanchester to Chester-le-Street,
and is now a market town with an enduring sense of
Just five minutes from the heart of the town is Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum. The Museum has welcomed nearly 5 million visitors over the past 10 years offering them an experience of life as it once was in the Great North. See attractions for further details.
Also within a short distance is Tanfield Railway, located on the A6076, it is the world's oldest existing railway, originally opened in 1725.
Five minutes from Tanfield Railway is Causey Arch, the oldest surviving single span railway bridge in the world, built in 1725. See attractions for further details.