Wetheriggs Animal Rescue



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Wetheriggs is an animal rescue centre with a mixture of farm and exotic animals. Operated as a registered charity, all proceeds go towards rescuing and looking after the animals. You can also learn about the heritage of the steam-powered pottery and engine room, and paint your own pot. There is a pond, play area and a petting farm and reptile house, café and gift shop, all set in 7.5 acres of the beautiful Eden Valley.

Wetheriggs Animal Rescue
Thorpe Farm Centre, Gretna Bridge, BARNARD CASTLE, DL12 9TY


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open daily Apr-Oct, 10-5; Nov-Mar, 10-4 (last entry 1hr before close) Closed 25 Dec & 1 Jan. (during winter may close due to weather conditions please phone to check)

About the area

Discover County Durham

County Durham reaches halfway across England, from the North Pennines in the west, to the sea in the east. Much of it is very sparsely inhabited, and is naturally beautiful; a mix of rolling hills, monumental valleys, lush farmland and unforgiving moors. It’s strong on industrial heritage as well, and remnants of the now all-but-vanished mining industry are everywhere.

The City of Durham has a magnificent Cathedral which can be traced back to the establishment of a church in the 10thcentury as the final resting place of the miraculous remains of Saint Cuthbert. The Cathedral, alongside the city’s Castle (an 11th-century structure that now houses University College), were created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The area’s mining past is fully documented at the Durham Mining Museum; an amazing resource. Bishop Auckland is the other major settlement, and for centuries was run almost as an independent state by the powerful Bishops of Durham. These days it is still a bustling town with plenty of shops, historical interest and events like the annual food festival. The coastal town of Peterlee is unusual; it was set up as a new town to house Durham miners after WW2. 

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