County Durham
DL12 0XF

Tel: +44 01833 622145

Add Bowlees Visitor Centre -  CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE to your Itinerary


Guide Prices

Donate and display car parking.


  • 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 2019



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
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Recent Reviews:

  • John N
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    Visit to High Force and Low Force waterfalls
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 3rd March 2020
    We visited the centre and used this as a base for a lovely river walk to see the waterfalls. These were in full spate owing to the recent storms and were spectacular. The river walk was easy to do... Read full review
  • Derek C
    An excellent centre for visiting upper teesdale
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 18th March 2020
    The centre is an excellent place to start your visit to upper Teesdale. The helpful and knowledgeable staff will suggest a variety of activities and there is a wonderful cafe in the same... Read full review
  • Markofltc
    Trip Type:
    Nice venue
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 18th March 2020
    Stopped here for a walk with the dog and a look at low force. In the past we have stopped at high force and paid to park and then paid to walk to the falls and then got a fine of £60 for not paying... Read full review



  • On-Site café/restaurant

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free) - Donation requested.

Provider Facilities

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

Access Information

Opening Times

Mar - Sept (14 Mar 2020 - 30 Sept 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
October (1 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30
November Weekends Only (1 Nov 2020 - 30 Nov 2020)
Monday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Shorter hours and weekend working may be introduced between Oct - Dec. Please confirm before visit 01833 622145

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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