Situated amidst stunning woodland, near to Low and High Force waterfalls and surrounded by rolling fields that boast some of the best hay meadows in England, Bowlees Visitor Centre has all you need to make your visit to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty a memorable one.
With acres of accessible countryside, an abundance of wildlife and one of the best places in the UK to enjoy the night sky, these are just some of the reasons why you should make this a place to discover and explore in 2016.
The visitor centre has a café, gift shop, outdoor picnic seating, a star gazing hammock, nature trail, mud kitchen, art gallery displaying works by local artists, free wifi and ample parking.
We run all kinds of events throughout the year and full details can be found on our website www.visitbowlees.org.uk.
Car parking (small voluntary charge) is available at the nearby picnic area.
- Regional and Miscellaneous North East England Tourism Awards - Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Award - Gold 2016
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Certificate of Excellence 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good70
- Joyce PTrip Type:CouplesBeautiful visitor center with free parkingSaturday, 15th September 2018We did the walk from Bowlees visitor center . Free parking and a nice place for a coffee or sandwich . The walk is longer than most have stated on here. It is 1.5 miles each way. The walk back is 16... Read full review
- RobttNorth Yorkshire, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesSimply superb !Saturday, 15th September 2018We called in by chance after seeing High Force. Wish we had started here and then done the walk to High Force. The walk is lovely and we did it with our two whippets who thoroughly enjoyed themselves... Read full review
- Chris USunderland, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawaySurrounding areaSaturday, 8th September 2018We visited Bowlees on a Tuesday when it was quiet. From Bowlees we took the short path up to Gibson Cave. The path offers some good views of the stream. Unfortunately due to the hot weather the... Read full review
- On-Site café/restaurant
Parking & Transport
- Parking (free) - Donation requested.
- Dogs Accepted - also allowed downstairs in visitor centre - includes cafe
|2017 Summer (1 Apr 2017 - 30 Sept 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:30||- 17:00|
|Bank Holiday||10:30||- 17:00|
|Oct (1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)|
* Open 1030–1630 in October.
Map & 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.