Eastgate is a delightful small village seen as the gateway to Upper Weardale, where the Rookhope Burn meets the river Wear. In the 15th Century it was the east gate into the Bishop of Durham’s deer park
Amidst beautiful scenery, the village boasts a pretty waterfall, the very popular Cross Keys Inn, a well maintained village hall and the Anglican All Saints Church.
The village hosts an annual sheep show, which has grown into a major event in Northern England farming calendar. The show attracts the very best of breeds of sheep.
On 1st December each year the village Christmas lights are switched on and they can certainly rival Las Vegas. People travel many miles to see this spectacle.
About a mile outside of the village on the minor road to Stanhope is Horsley Hall Hotel, the former home of the Hyliand family.