The charming ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white canons', picturesquely set above a bend in the River Tees near Barnard Castle.
Remains include much of the 13th century church and a range of living quarters, with traces of their ingenious toilet drainage system.
Read more about the history of Egglestone Abbey.
Before You Go
Access: Disabled access is limited. View details.
Parking: There is a small free car park at the site.
Facilities: There is a tearoom at the site, which is not managed by English Heritage. Toilets are available in the tearoom and at Barnard Castle. View details.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
Egglestone Abbey sits above a bend in the River Tees, and is an ideal site for a picnic.
Stretch your legs and walk to the 12th century Barnard Castle. The walk partly follows the river, and takes around 40 minutes. Barnard castle looms over the river in the heart of the town. It has a shop selling drinks and snacks. Explore the ruins, take in the stunning views over the Tees Gorge and visit the sensory garden.
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