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 National Landscape a memorable one.
The information centre, café, gift shop and picnic area are ideal for walkers and cyclists, and the centre is dog friendly. There’s also plenty to do for families with nature trails, wildlife spotting and a mud kitchen. Sit a while and discover nature from our birdwatching spots and wildlife areas, or walk to Low Force and High Force. After dark, experience the stars at our officially-designated Dark Sky Discovery Site.
The art gallery displays works by local artists, with exhibitions changing throughout the year.
There is 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.
Donate and display car parking.
- Regional and Miscellaneous North East England Tourism Awards - Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Award - Gold 2016
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2019
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good89
- buddinggardenerYork, United KingdomExcellent friendly visitor centreThursday, 14th September 2023We received a very warm welcome at the visitors centre who could not have been more helpful as I have mobility issues. The young man on the desk was very friendly and helpful with his advice on the... Read full review
- Cheekycockney190757Basildon, United KingdomA useful resource for any visitorSaturday, 13th January 2024Visited Bowlees in the North Pennines on Monday 22nd May 2023. Came here to visit Low Force and the Summerhill Waterfall/Gibson Cave complex, and parked in an area near Summerhill Waterfall from... Read full review
- WynndererUnited KingdomLovely spotSunday, 25th February 2024Very nice visitor centre with loos, WiFi, nice gifts and good tea/coffee/snacks and donation carpark nearby. Pleasant staff, very good place for long or short walks and right by Low Force waterfalls... Read full review
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp / Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- Parking (free) - Our car park is 'donate and display' and proceeds are used to help us to look after the site for visitors and nature.
- Dogs Accepted - also allowed downstairs in visitor centre - includes cafe
- In countryside
- Outdoor Attraction
|2024 (17 Feb 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
* Information centre, cafe, shop and toilets
Re-opening date for 2024 is 17 to 25 February, 10am to 4pm.
Summer opening to follow shortly.
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.