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
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good83
- anythingwilldo_9DerbyWorth parking to do the waterfall walkMonday, 23rd September 2019This is the best place to park for anyone doing the Low Force to High Force walk. Just walk down from the visitor centre to Low Force waterfalls. It’s then a lovely walk along the river to High... Read full review
- 932alisonkWetherby, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWonderful tearoomMonday, 23rd September 2019Visited the tearoom in the visitor centre today. Beautiful building and setting, staff were absolutely lovely, really friendly and helpful. My husband had a sausage sandwich, really good quality... Read full review
- Eric860Macclesfield, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesExcellent friendly cafeThursday, 17th October 2019We popped into the cafe (The Ford Kitchen) at the Bowlees visitor centre twice this week for tea and cake after a walk in the area. Both times the (different) staff were very friendly and helpful and... Read full review
- On-Site café/restaurant
Parking & Transport
- Parking (free) - Donation requested.
- Dogs Accepted - also allowed downstairs in visitor centre - includes cafe
|2019 (16 Feb 2019 - 30 Sept 2019)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
* Shorter hours and weekend working may be introduced between Oct - Dec. Please confirm before visit 01833 622145
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.