The village has one of the long greens typical of County Durham.
The oldest parts of the Church of England parish church of St Mary are Anglo-Saxon, built in the 10th or 11th century. The church contains monuments including effigies of members of the Neville family.
About 3 miles (5 km) north-west of the village is Raby Old Lodge, a medieval tower house built probably for the Neville family of Raby Castle. It was restored in the 19th century and now used as holiday accommodation.
The village has a number of locally-owned businesses including a local newsagent, the Cutting Room and a tea shop. It has a small industrial estate that is used by mainly local businesses such as joiners and plumbers.
Staindrop has two schools: Staindrop Church of England Primary School and Staindrop School (secondary). It has three pubs: the Black Swan, the Royal Oak, in the centre of the village and the Wheatsheaf Inn, which villagers commonly refer to as the "Top House".
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