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Bowlees Visitor Centre

County Durham
DL12 0XF

Tel: +44 01833 622145

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Bowlees Visitor Centre

Guide Prices

Car parking (small voluntary charge) is available at the nearby picnic area.


  • Regional and MiscellaneousNorth East England Tourism Awards - Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Award - Gold North East England Tourism Awards - Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Award - Gold 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016


  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • alan c
    Worksop, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 12th October 2017
    Small visitor centre with lovely little cafe and car parking, ideal for walks to low force and onwards to high force waterfalls or in the opposite direction a stroll through the wooded gorge to... Read full review
  • alisdair t
    Workington, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    A lot going on here... walk to waterfall...
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 6th October 2017
    Parking is a donation only., but you get 50p off purchase in gifts shop/ cafe.. We called in cafe first. Had 2 bits if cake, one a violet and raspberry, very nice, and cuppas, locally made... Read full review
  • David L
    Todmorden, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Exposed upland reservoir high in the North Pennines with rare Artic Alpine Flora & extensive views
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 26th September 2017
    We briefly stopped off at this remote upland reservoir site on the way from Alston towards High Force waterfall. It was a cold day, breezy lower down in the valleys, but blowing a gale up here... Read full review


Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free) - Donation requested.


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Provider Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - also allowed downstairs in visitor centre - includes cafe

Access Information

Opening Times

Oct (1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)

* Open 1030–1630 in October.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Barnard Castle take B6277 north west through Middleton in Teesdale. Visitor Centre is on right just past Newbiggin.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest railway station is Darlington Station.

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