Bowlees Visitor Centre

County Durham
DL12 0XF

Tel: +44 01833 622145

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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



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • NorthPennines
    Trip Type:
    Best veggie food in the area
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 28th October 2019
    The Ford kitchen at Bowlees provides the best veggie food, bar none in the area. And some of the best food of any type and style. Delicious. Read full review
  • ernestc536
    Durham, United Kingdom
    A perfect walk, coffee and cake combo...
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 31st October 2019
    We have wanted to do The Bowlees Geotrail walk to High Force for quite a while and finally managed to slot it in this week. The walk itself is far enough to make it a worthwhile exercise without... Read full review
  • Lynda I
    Sunderland, United Kingdom
    Coffee and cake
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 4th November 2019
    Cafe, gift shop, art gallery and information Centre. A great place for a cup of coffee when you are visiting Gibson’s Cave and Low Force waterfall. They attract a large selection of birds to the... 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

Season (16 Feb 2019 - 30 Sept 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* 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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