6 November 2020

Gainford Spa

Gainford-on-Tees is a village in County Durham, near Darlington, that had its own spa in the 19th century. The spa is a mineral spring on the banks of the river Tees; the water has a sulphuric smell and was thought to have healing powers in the Victorian era, making Gainford a popular tourist destination back then. The Victorian fountain was replaced with a replica in 2002 after the original was vandalised. You can access the spa from the roadside where there are parking spaces, or walk the short distance from Gainford like we did.

Other things to see in the picturesque village include the Jacobean Hall, Georgian street houses and the village green that has several conker trees and a stone cross to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1897.

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