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 Good64
- Lynne ADunfermline, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesA Great Day OutWednesday, 18th July 2018A lovely Visitor Centre where we started with a coffee and bacon roll. Staff very helpful and efficient. We then had a walk up the river, absolutely gorgeous and would highly recommend. Mainly... Read full review
- Lucky13sTamworth, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayPerfect start for a walkTuesday, 3rd July 2018Plenty of parking (donation suggested) and an ideal place to start your walk. We like Low Force to High Force and back. There is also a short walj up the beck by the visitor centre. The visitor... Read full review
- kathlovinglifeTrip Type:CouplesDay tripSaturday, 23rd June 2018Called here before a walk up to High Force waterfall. Lovely place friendly staff well informed. Had coffee ok and after our walk called in for lunch. Freshly made sandwiches were nicely presented... 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.