Burnhope is a village of contrasts, being home to many of the area's poorest and richest people (among them, children's author Terry Deary). In 2003 two wind turbines were erected in a field between the village and nearby Craghead, creating a new landmark to accompany the transmission mast. Burnhope is the only place that the Durham Miners' Gala has been held apart from Durham. This was in 1926 the year of the General Strike when it was banned at Durham so it was moved to Burnhope. In 1986 a 60th anniversary was held to mark this event.
Two miles south-east are the ruins of Langley Hall, a 16th-century fortified manor house
Burnhope has increased in size rapidly within the last few years with over 120 new homes being built by developer, Keepmoat Homes